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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Could It Be Magic - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Barrett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Kind of Magic

Part-time witch, full-time glamorous high-flyer Esme Mcleod rubs shoulders with celebrities for a living, has a sort-of-boyfriend …and just enough magic in her fingertips to solve life’s little irritations; why shouldn’t she cast a little spell to catch the busy barman’s attention, or to summon a latte to aid her all-nighters?

Called back to her small Scottish home town and meddling family, stiletto-clad Esme is way out of her comfort zone… But Esme must embrace her abilities as a witch, or watch her family lose their beloved café.

Except Esme has never claimed to be a whizz at witchcraft, and her charms are starting to go awry - she certainly never meant to cast a love spell on her ex-boyfriend Jamie! It’s time for urgent lessons in magic as well as love – it seems there’s only so much that muttering a few words over cupcake batter will fix…

Don't miss the Could It Be Magic series:

Book 1 - Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

Book 2 - I Put a Spell on You

Book 3 - Baby It's Cold Outside

Praise for Kerry Barrett

'I was absorbed from the first page' - Pass The Gin

'It was just lovely! I loved the plot, I loved the spells and the magic, I loved the characters and I loved the writing. Kerry Barrett is a talented writer and I’m so pleased I got the chance to review her debut novel and here’s hoping there will be many more!' - Chick Lit Reviews and News


Books In This Series (4 Books)
Complete Series


  • Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1990 KB
    • Publisher: Carina (31 Oct. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00FBF25E8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Kerry Barrett was a bookworm from a very early age, devouring Enid Blyton and Noel Streatfeild, before moving on to Sweet Valley High and 1980s bonkbusters.

    She did a degree in English Literature, then trained as a journalist, writing about everything from pub grub to EastEnders. Her first novel, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, took six years to finish and was mostly written in longhand on her commute to work, giving her a very good reason to buy beautiful notebooks.

    Kerry lives in London with her husband and two sons, and Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes is still her favourite novel.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars magical 20 July 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A brilliant romantic comedy, with all the ingredients that make this genre perfect; great characters, perfect tension, brilliant twists, gorgeous light hearted romance and some absolutely laugh out loud moments but with an added element of witchcraft, magic and spells which was interwoven brilliantly with the normal village life.

    Esme is a strong heroine i fell in love with straight away with all the mishaps that befall her, her fiesty attitude, she was just a fantastic character. I love how she trains to develop her magic and everything that goes wrong as she learns to use her skills, it had me laughing so much. The humour throughout the story is superb, from the witty one liners to the full on slapstick had me chuckling throughout.

    The other characters are just perfect, and fantasically written, even the smooth talking villain was brilliantly cast.

    There are some serious, sadder parts too with Aunt Suky's cancer but it is dealt with sensitively

    Kerry is a fantastic writer skillfully weaving romance, magic, brilliant humour into a gorgeous, heartwarming story
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Sprinkled with magic and full of humour 1 Dec. 2014
    By Joanne
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    I was kindly sent the third book in the Could It Be Magic series by Kerry Barrett to review, having not read the first two I decided to start at the beginning of the story with Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered as it sounded like a series I would love.
    Esme Mcleod is a witch who works as a family lawyer in London. She has been away from from her family up in Scotland since she was a teenager. She had a disagreement with her mother over the use of magic, which Esme is not a fan of, except for when that coffee cup just needs to come a bit nearer or the barman aren’t looking her way. Her family practise magic on a daily basis in their café, helping people whether they ask for it or not. When her cousin Harry (Harmony) asks her to come home and her run the family business as her Aunt Suky is ill with cancer Esme has no choice but to return to the home she fled from years earlier. Esme soon realises it’s not just Suky’s illness which is making the café business suffer and the only way she can help her family is to put her magic skills to good use.
    I really liked the main character Esme; I loved the way that she defended her family from outsiders even though she didn’t completely agree with what they were up to herself. She also had a way of getting into scrapes with her magic which were quite funny, such as turning one of the villagers into a frog. My favourite scenes with Esme were when she got drunk in the pub with her old friend Chloe and tried to convince her old boyfriend to date the much younger barmaid, really funny!
    This is a story filled with heart-warming characters full of family loyalty, a little romance and some quite sad parts with Suky’s storyline. The story moves at a fairly fast pace and is sprinkled with magic and humour throughout which will leave you, like me wanting to find out what happen next for Esme and her family.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars very lite chic-lit 18 Oct. 2014
    By Galning
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    I'm assuming the 5* reviews on here came from young girls - because I'm only applying a 3rd star because it says it's her debut novel and I don't want to be too harsh. But it was a stretch.

    The plot is like a standard chic-lit template of girl seeing wrong man (in this case married), reluctantly goes back home (always moving from London to somewhere rural), meets up again with boy she loved as a teen and had a bad break up from, heroine of story behaves like a spoiled brat....yada yada.

    The problem is that the ending was telegraphed VERY early on and the characters are one dimensional and stereotypical and many of their conversations are stilted. And it grated on me that most of the characters had what sounded like traditional Scottish names (Esme, Eva) and then you get a Suky? As names go it just didn't fit and it set my teeth on edge every time I read it.

    I only got through it by speed reading the 2nd half, skipping any descriptive paragraphs.

    I do read chic-lit from time to time - but this was a bit TOO chic for me. Bit too lightweight and nothing in here to encourage me to try any more by the author. Would suggest, for her next book, that she gets some friends to read and critique it first.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great witchy fun 19 Jun. 2014
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    After returning to her hometown, inexperienced witch esme finds that everything's not quite as it should be. Her aunt has cancer, their family business is failing and the locals seem to be on a witch hunt. I'm loved this- great character, funny and warm - I wanted to be part of this family! Can't wait to get reading the next one!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping read!! 26 Jun. 2014
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    Thoroughly enjoyed bewitched, bothered and bewildered...couldn't put it down. Fell in love with Esme straight away and just had to know what was going to happen...and what had happened before. Can't wait to read another Kerry Barrett!!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! 10 Jun. 2014
    By Anna M.
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    Really good read, loved the characters, like how the magic is woven into the story as if it's just part of usual reality. Couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the sequel!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 19 Dec. 2013
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    This was a joy to read, clever, witty and fun. I would thoroughly recommend it and am looking forward to seeing what happens next??!!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Title 11 May 2014
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    I really enjoyed this book. It made a change from the normal love stories with the addition of a little white magic.
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