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text 2017-08-13 17:05
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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats, #1) - Sofie Kelly

And bring the book with you. I enjoyed the fact that the main character was a skeptic who wouldn't believe her cats were magical even after witnessing one walk through a door. How cats have the patience to put up with people I directly attribute to catnip and scritches. Eventually the cats convince her, she follows their hints and the killer is revealed. I was close but not completely on the mark, so kudos for good clues but not too obvious. The writing was easy to read and humorous. "If I emptied my mind where would I put everything?"

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text 2017-08-12 17:34
NetGalley Find: Rules of Magic
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic is the prequel to Practical Magic.  And it's available for request on NetGalley (US preferred).  I've tossed my hat in the ring; we'll see if I get lucky or not.

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review 2017-08-05 13:00
The Cottingley Secret
The Cottingley Secret - Hazel Gaynor

Do you believe in fairies?  In 1917, in the midst of World War I, two girls from Cottingley, England believed in fairies and had the whole world believing with them.  Cousins Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright loved to play in the beck at the bottom of their garden and Frances began to see the magical creatures that have been rumored to live there.  Fueled by the need for her family to believe, Elsie takes a staged picture with Frances and the fairies.  The picture soon spreads and grabs the interest of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, making the girls and their fairies an international sensation. The two girl stuck to their stories of the pictures being real for decades. When the truth finally comes out, Frances shares her side of the story in a manuscript.  One hundred years later, Olivia Kavanaugh finds Frances' manuscript at a turning point in her life. Olivia's grandfather has died, leaving her his antique bookstore, Something Old.  When Olivia goes to the bookstore to get everything in order, she discovers the manuscript and begins reading Frances's story.  Olivia also finds an interesting connection to Frances and her fairies in the manuscript along with the courage to make an important change in her life.

I have always loved a good fairy tale, and The Cottingley Secret provides one that very well might be real!  This was a perfect mix of history with a dash of magic.  I loved the dual story line and that as Olivia read Frances' tale of discovery.  Olivia not only discovered strength within herself through Frances, but she was able to connect further with her grandmother and past generations of her family. I enjoyed that Frances and Olivia shared a connection, but not in an obvious way.  The writing captured me and transported me back to Cottingley in 1917 in order to relive Frances' fairy tale, I had no trouble picturing the idyllic beck that Frances and Elsie played in or the glimpses of fairies that visited.  I also had no trouble picturing the Something Old bookshop filled with stories waiting to be read or its mysterious fairy window.  Most of all, I loved that this book was filled with women who changed people's minds and beliefs with their sense of wonder.  Frances and Elsie managed to give the world hope at a time of despair while Olivia made strides for herself and began to revitalize her community.  Overall, a wonderful story of hope, secrets and magic.  
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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review 2017-07-30 15:25
The Simplicity of Cider - Amy E. Reichert

Sanna only wants to made the perfect blends of cider. Isaac wants to give his 10-year old son, Bass, a last innocent summer. Their worlds collide when Sanna's father hires Issac to work on their apple orchard. Sanna and Isaac are attracted but with the baggage both carry they try to keep is simple between them.

I loved Sanna and Isaac. They are both strong people who are carrying heavy burdens. Betrayals abound in this story--parents and children, husbands and wives, neighbors. Watching how the thinking of each character is muddled until they come clean with the truth is interesting. I liked how the chapters changed between Sanna and Isaac. I also liked how Eva, the real estate agent, also has some chapters from her point-of-view as well as Bass has a few scenes. I liked how Sanna's thinking develops in regards to the orchard and her burdens. I enjoyed this story.

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review 2017-07-18 20:09
Review: A Charming Christmas (A Magical Cures Mystery #6.5) by Tonya Kappes
A Charming Christmas: Magical Cures Mystery Novella (Magical Cures Mystery Series) - Tonya Kappes

This was the last of the series that I had on my NOOK and since it was a short story, I figured I knock it out and be done with the series. I read half the series and have no desire to continue reading it, but it was fun while it lasted.


The spiritualist community of Whispering Falls, KY decided that for economic reasons, they are going to hold a month long Christmas Bazaar, even though none of the residents celebrate Christmas. June and Oscar, due to back stories that involve growing up outside of the spiritualist community, can't wait since it brings back great memories for them. Petunia, new Village President, is not happy about the town going all out to attract Christmas shoppers and is bitchy to everyone about it. But alas, there is a WF Grinch on the loose and he/she is stealing the outside decorations from the stores. There is a subplot with June jumping to conclusions that Oscar is cheating on her. He isn't, but his reasons for being in Locust Grove is also due to economics of the village. Dumbass June strikes again.

I figured out who/what the Grinch was very early on but I just sat back and let the story play out.  

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