Thank you for your comments. It's good to hear from people who enjoy a change from the more common slam-bang action and/or hot n' steamy romance stories. (Not, as you know, that I don't like a good monster-slaying on occasion. And the title of this story should suggest, hm, other possibilities. )
All things in their measure--one wouldn't want the palate to become jaded.
Clearly, you do not have to rely on magic and the supernatural. Nature is ready to offer her own charms, as are cultures clashing.
If you like clashing cultures, wait until after Chapter 4.
The magic and the supernatural are there--as I think they often are in "everyday life", running just below the surface--but if you aren't paying attention, it's easy to miss, or dismiss as something else. We take so much for granted, particularly in nature. Our ancestors did not.