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Magicking a happy-ever-after
on 23 November 2010
The problem with this book is that I didn't like the heroine, Chloe Nichols. She was OK in her own way, had some friends who liked her, was a good boss to her one staff member in the magic shop that she ran, but unfortunately she seemed rather lacking in personal morality in terms of using her new-found magic. Chloe doesn't seem to see much wrong with using magic to influence others around her - to encourage a man to propose to her, for example; and that's only the beginning. What if the man to whom she is now engaged isn't actually her intended man - and what if she bumps into that man a day later? Well, as Chloe seems very happy to do what suits her, that doesn't seem to be too much of a problem. Break off with Fiancé and start a fling with new man.
Of course there's more to the story than that, and Chloe does come to a realisation in due course that her behaviour is wrong (although she appears to realise this for selfish reasons too - because she will never know if the man loves her for herself or because she's enchanted him to); Chloe also tries to help a young woman who needs her assistance, even if this involves snooping around in her boyfriend's home and into a room that he keeps private. Once again, Chloe irritated me with her apparent blithe disregard of good behaviour, which outweighed the positives about her.
There were other side-characters in this book which I felt weren't ever fully developed. In fact, the scenes with Verda and Alice and the others were pretty dull. Still the book wasn't boring but I did find myself struggling to sympathise with Chloe because of her behaviour and the hero always felt rather distant and indistinct.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010