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- Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (31 Oct. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FBF25E8
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- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (Could It Be Magic?, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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
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.
All we'd like to see in a good rom-com are there: love tangles, comic set pieces, surprises, a feelgood ending and a heroine we love. But there is more to this too, and it ends as both a very funny and a very human novel.
There are several characters, but each of them rings true and all of them are likeable - even the villains (the oily Brett is great fun!). Esme McLeod leads this cast though: a resourceful, sometimes hapless, principled, sometimes rash, but ultimately very real heroine, whom we are fully behind from the first page.
The 'magic' is a nice touch too. It doesn't drag the novel into cliched fantasy, but seems a neat device which adds depth. It suggests that wish fulfilment cannot be conjured up and the hugely enjoyable climax, where Esme's world eventually comes together, is as a result of the human qualities she and her friends show rather than any wizardry.
My favourite parts are the unabashed comedy in the middle of the novel though. The slapstick and misunderstandings are perfectly worked situation comedy. The bit where Esme gets drunk is hilarious and there are some great one-liners too (comparing the heroine and her cousin who teaches her spells to Luke Skywalker and Yoda, and 'Do you remember hiding Gran's keys?' Harry said. 'I do remember that, but I don't remember it being magical.' 'Well once you hid them in 1965.'")
There are poignant, serious bits too. Aunt Suky's plotline is moving and deftly done. To place a cancer plot as a backdrop to a rom-com is tricky, but this really works because it is done with sensitivity but without sentimentality.
Overall, I'd recommend this. It is fun and warm and familiar, but it has depth and humanity too. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am impressed to hear it is a debut novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very entertaining, easy to read book but I thoroughly disapproved of the heroine having an affair with a married man so that made me less sympathetic to her than I might... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Book Maniac
enjoyed this different type of story, the main character was enjoyable, dippy and ended up going back to her family village and to the witchcraft she had tried to escape, the whole... Read morePublished 18 months ago by grandmaC
loved the story, the characters were good, good ending, bought the next two hope they are as enjoyable.Published 19 months ago by emr
Loved this book, would definitely recommend. Will read the next one right now!!! Might have found a new favourite authority.Published 20 months ago by Helen Bond
I really liked this book . It wasn't hard to read . In fact my 13 year old grand daughters would enjoy it The characters were easy to imagine , and I love the thought of witches... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael Skepper
A lovely little story with a happy ending. Enjoyed it. Must see if there are any more stories of this familyPublished on 5 Dec. 2014 by Gaynor
A modern day tale of witchcraft and evil doing in the form of greedy property magnets and a warm hearted family of witches who own the local cafe.Published on 31 Oct. 2014 by Kindle Customer
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