Married, middle-age, owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
I understand other comments about Lucy March seeming to be a lot like Molly Harper, but Molly usually doesn't make me cry... This is a story about a girl who thinks her life is normal and boring, but suddenly a strange woman shows up and everything changes. I liked that before I could be annoyed at figuring out the ending, I got caught up in the story and forgot - and then that was only a small part anyway. The characters, even the "bad" ones, are likeable. The story is sad in places, but plausible, and some of the quotes are laugh-out-loud.
The main character's self-deprecating humour is definitely similar to Molly Harper, and references to Tennessee are close to Kentucky, but this is not the same. This goes a little deeper, a little darker, and people die.
I think Betty is my favorite character. I want to be like her when I'm ancient like her. I also like that the story has room for the next book, but if I never read it, it's OK. No cliffhangers. But I do want to know what happens in the town of Nodaway, in the next book. If I could ask for anything, it would be more information on Tobias, as he is awfully enigmatic, with a totally mysterious past, but maybe in the next book? Same for Cain (Kane?)
Definite good things Lucy March did: all the names are very different, so no confusion there. Action scenes are clearly explained, strange things mentioned at the beginning are pretty well explained along the way. The main character was indecisive at times, and sometimes stupid!, but not whiny.
I just wonder what else we would have gotten if Lucy March had been allowed about 50 more pages. It feels like she cut it a little short, and didn't quite polish all the rough edges out.
I doubt I need to say it, but the narrator is AWESOME, as always. :-)
Felt story was so far fetched it took away from the enjoyment of the ride. Amanda Ronconi is a fabulously funny and upbeat reader and made it enjoyable for me.
Slow start, almost slow enough to make me give up, but glad I didn't. It picked up and worked into the most amazing story of magic and magicals, I love the difference between the two and how the line is drawn. I saw the twist coming but it still worked well into the story line even expecting it.
As always I ADORE Amada Ronconi, her voice is just perfect for these style stories. I am more then ready for the second book and hope there will eventually be a third.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I greatly enjoy fun, light hearted books. They are fretting. Though I use the term refreshing, the story still has suspense & a bit of mystery. Its a nice balance.
I downloaded this book based upon the narrater. I enjoy her telling of the story and the story its self is a good one.
Your mileage may vary
I'm new to author Lucy March at the time of this review.
This is a charming book about several friends, one of whom is ready to jet off to Europe, who share life's ups and downs in small-town America until the magic all starts and then things will never be the same again.
Interesting plot and fabulous narration by Amanda Ronconi! I'll look forward to reading the second book and am currently hoping this author publishes more frequently in the future.
I had been looking for a new series that would be a little bit romance, a little bit suspense, and a little bit paranormal, with a splash of humor. Lucy March delivers.
As always, Amanda Ronconi's interpretation of the characters and the story is spot on.
If you like they way Molly Harper injects the paranormal into an otherwise normal world, or the way Rhys Bowen's heroines seem to manifest a quiet strength, or Tate Halloway's quirky sense of humor, then you will probably this.
I'm an avid reader/listener, a disabled Navy veteran, an MBA student at University of Phoenix, and a wife & mother of 4 children.
I would be willing to listen to the next book in the series.
I would compare this series to the Molly Harper series' "Nice Girls" & "Naked Werewolf" (also narrated by Amanda Ronconi). Though IMHO this series is lacking a little in comparison.
I have listened to all of Amanda's narrations! She performs this book in the same manner as all of her others. She has a way of bringing life to the characters and reads like she is speaking to you, not just reading a script.
Yes, and I did just that :-)
The writing is superb and I was very interested in the characters. I was not very interest in the story though because of the magic (fantasy fiction) aspect. I realize genre is very popular right but I hope to see other genres covered by March.
Cute Story. I thought this book was a good, quick read. It had a good, but predictable plot, but was one of those reads that left the reader smiling … most of the time. I didn’t care for the ending which was a little dark for me, but overall I enjoyed the book.
This book kept me entertained and it was a good story with an unusual plot; however, the lead character needed her A** kicked. In the beginning, okay she was naïve and clueless but throughout the story she kept making stupid decisions. This heroine seriously needed some backbone and a clue. Everyone she knew for years kept giving her advice yet she listened to and trusted the person she had known for the least amount of time. I wanted to strangle her as the book continued through to the end. I guess if the strong emotions I felt could rate this story; it was excellent.
Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend; if only to show how irritating the main character was.
Amanda Ronconi is always a great narrator. But her characterization of Davina Granville was spot on. At first sincere and then creepy as h***.
Not a particular moment; however, about halfway through the book I was yelling at the main character. OUT LOUD.
I have never had such mixed emotions about the story and the lead character. I want to think I would have enjoyed the book more if the character of Olivia had grown in strength as the book progressed but maybe the author knows better than me.