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The Magic Touch Paperback – 7 Feb 2019
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Modern, funny, and heartwarming --Bookaholic Confessions
A compelling book combining the difficulties of family relationships with a light preternatural touch --Caroline Dunford, author of A Death in the Family
A breath of fresh air --GoodReads Reviewer
About the Author
Kelly Florentia was born and bred in north London, where she continues to live with her husband Joe. HER SECRET (2018) is her third novel and the sequel to NO WAY BACK (2017).
Kelly has always enjoyed writing and was a bit of a poet when she was younger. Before penning her debut THE MAGIC TOUCH, relaunched and updated in 2019, she wrote short stories for women s magazines. TO TELL A TALE OR TWO... is a collection of her short tales. In January 2017, her keen interest in health and fitness led to the release of SMOOTH OPERATOR a collection of twenty of her favourite smoothie recipes.
As well as writing, Kelly enjoys reading, running, drinking coffee, scoffing cakes, watching TV dramas and spending way too much time on social media. She is currently working on her fourth novel.
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The story is set around the main character Emma King and her Partner Harry, plus his hilarious Greek family that you just can't help but fall in love with - especially Harry's mum, who has the most hilarious accent - though watch out for Mas, Harry's rather Neanderthal, rogue of a brother.
Emma is happy, happy with her relationship with Harry - a nurse at the local hospital, happy with their gorgeous home and happy with her budding career as a freelance illustrator designing book covers, with a few hours a week helping out in the family restaurant to top up their income. Who cares that she and Harry are broke, all you need is love, right? And as long as she has Harry, she's the luckiest woman on earth and she doesn't see the need to make things more official with a ring on her finger . It's not long before you realise why Emma is so scared to make that commitment and you can't really blame her, I think I would be exactly the same in her shoes.
Everything is going great, that is until Emma finds a text message on Harry's phone from a female colleague, which leaves her suspicious and fearing the end of her relationship. After confronting Harry about this, and then discovering he's put a pass code on his phone to stop Emma snooping further, Emma has every right to be suspicious, doesn't she?
This one text message is the beginning of a series of events that sends Emma's life running in a direction that she really doesn't want it to go!
Emma is determined to get to the bottom of what is going on with Harry and looks to her friends for support, including her, physic, sister-in-law Caroline, who introduces Emma to her newly launched app, The Magic touch, which Caroline is eager for her to try (I really, really want this app!) and her lovely, elderly, neighbour Alister, who in the few years she's known him, Emma has come to think of a second dad. Alister thinks the Magic Touch app is a load of old codswallop and tries to discourage Emma from using it, but then when some of it's readings start coming true, Emma begins to wonder if maybe she should start to take a bit of notice from it and follow it's advice.
The story was gripping and had me hooked from the first page, eager to find out if Harry was doing the dirty on Emma, which I really couldn't see him doing, because I could clearly see how much he loved her. I loved Emma's character, she came across as a strong minded woman, but then when things start spiralling out of control, she does some crazy things which made me laugh quite a bit.
All the way through, I was rooting for Emma and Harry's relationship to be okay. To me, they seemed perfect for each other and I couldn't bear the thought of it being true, that Harry was cheating on Emma, especially when you find out what Emma has been through in the past, my heart actually broke for her, at the prospect of her relationship ending.
This was a fantastic book, Kelly is an extremely talented writer, she got the balance between emotional and comedy just right, though there was one humorous point that involved me and a rather fizzy bottle of Coke - well, let's just say that didn't end well. There were a few twists and surprises along the way that I really didn't see coming and at one point I was sitting there with my mouth hanging open.
Well done Kelly, you really deserve the five stars and I really, REALLY can't wait to read more from you!
From the outset, I warmed to Emma and her resistance to be subsumed by Harry’s loving but somewhat overwhelming family. We soon learn that Emma and Harry have hit a rough patch in their relationship. The gloss is off, and thanks to an ambiguous text from another woman on Harry’s mobile, a degree of mistrust has set in. Emma’s suspicions are egged on by a circle of friends that includes slinky Ola, and psychic Caroline. The latter has launched a phone app ‘The Magic Touch’, that provides daily predictions, some of which are spookily accurate. Moreover, there are flashes of paranormal activity throughout the story that I personally found chilling.
Whilst romance sits at the heart of TMT, don’t expect twee and cosy. In common with No Way Back and Her Secret, it's an edgy, quirky saga that leans away from the sentimental. I found myself giggling one minute and horrified the next -for example, we learn that Emma has experienced real trauma in a previous relationship. Then there’s the ‘Marc factor’; to say any more about this entanglement would be a plot-spoiler but suffice to say that this angle kept the pace and suspense going at a trot.
I loved the complexity of Emma and Harry’s relationship (it felt very real and grown up to me); pair this with Kelly Florentia’s vibrant writing which provides just the right level of insight into each character and it all adds up to a no-brainer five-stars. Finally, eagle-eyed readers will note a brief reference to latter day heroine, Audrey Fox.