Title: A Little Night Magic
Author: Lucy March
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 31, 2012)
Where You Can Find The Author:
Popcorn Dialogues-podcast with Jennifer Cruise
Also writes under the name: Lani Diane Rich
Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends . . . but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed. As Liv's latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side . . . and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?
I started this book two days ago, late at night-and I reluctantly stopped reading, knowing that I HAD to go to sleep. The author, Lucy March, had already hooked me by chapter two with her quirky character, Olivia Kiskey.
In fact, March's cast of characters were all well-liked and well developed. I could totally relate to the characters.
Olivia has a cirlcle of close girlfriends-Peach, Millie, and Stacy-who meet for drinks and a little bit of confession. And you know how confession is good for the soul, right?
Not so much in this case.
Secrets come out that start to crack the foundations of their long-based friendship. And the author leaves you wondering if the bonds holding their friendship together are strong enough to survive the mayhem that quickly follows.
This tale is a fresh, fun, read and I truly enjoyed the writer's style. It's a fast-paced and enjoyable "beach read",with enough twists and turns in the plot to pull you in to see the story through to the ending.
It's not a super-sexy read, but I enjoyed the ride, nonetheless, and will keep an eye out for future reads by this author.
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