Overall... 4.00 star
Performance.... 4.75 star
Story... 3.75 star
Another great, fun book by Molly Harper! This one features a witch, Nola, who is visiting the states from Ireland trying to track down the family artifacts that Grandma gave to her baby-daddy and he took back to the states. No one ever met the missing granddaddy, and unfortunately he's died, which complicates the recovery of the artifacts even more. But Nola has managed to secure a rental in one-half of his house and quickly moves to make friends with Jane Jameson who bought granddaddy's bookstore. Nola's witchcraft takes the form of healing so she's also a nurse, but her powers fluctuate wildly.
Living in the other half of granddaddy's house is Jed, a good old boy who never seems to wear a shirt, something that Nola appreciates a LOT, even though she has a boyfriend back in Ireland.
There's lots of madcap mayhem in this book...rogue witches after the artifacts, bounty hunters after the artifacts, dead relatives making inopportune appearances, wild lust over Jed's very nice chest, and a screwball family in the form of Jane, Dick Cheney, and Andrea. It really was an incredibly entertaining book. While not my favorite of Molly Harper's stories, I honestly cannot see that I would ever hate reading/listening to one of her books. Her sense of humor always shines through and makes every one of her books a blast and so freaking enjoyable.
I have to note here about Amanda Ronconi's narration...WOW!!! Nola is Irish, but lived for many years in Boston so she has a combination of the two accents. Ms. Ronconi NAILED that accent...she did it so incredibly well. On the flip side of that was Jed with his Louisiana good-old-boy drawl. Really, Amanda Ronconi is absolutely one of the best narrators out there. Bravo!
Right on par with book one. Narration was nice but her accent became a bit annoying.
Story was light and funny with great characters.
I have enjoyed Molly Harper's books, but I like the Nice Girl ones the best. Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator!
Yes! I absolutely loved this book it was hilarious!
I liked that the story was a little different then your normal witch story m
I ADORE AMANDA RONCONI!!! She is the reason I buy all of Molly Harpers books in Audio!
Molly Harper does it again. Loved this book! It takes us back to Half Moon Hollow and its now-familiar inhabitants, and also introduces some great new characters. I'm hoping we'll see Nola and Jeb in future books, as I really enjoyed their story and getting to know them.
Amanda Ronconi does an amazing job, as always, of narrating. Her accents and voices are right on and Jeb's voice with that slow, Cajun accent, was terrific (and sexy!).
I love the combo of Molly Harper's books and Amanda Ronconi's voice narrating her books. You're left with a witty, magical love story that had me feeling gitty after listening to it. Nola Leary travels from Ireland to the Hollow in Kentucky to find her mystical family treasures. Those treasures happen to be hidden in plain sight at Jane Jameson's occult bookshop. The story gets predictable towards the end when Nola thinks she's at a lost with finding the treasures in time but she's a smart cookie figuring out her family's past and alas, solving the puzzle. I wish the story had a more solid ending after it was all said and done. MH should've written an epilogue to finish the story of Nola's travels and happy ending. You'll see what I mean if you listen to it. It was worth the credit in my opinion because I'm a M.Harper fan, but if you haven't read her previous books, you'll be kind of lost with the back story of the characters. I reccommend started from the beginning of the series and working your way down to this one.
I would say that the Nice Girls... series by Harper is my favorite for this genre, but the Witch's Handbook was a fun, easy read (listen). I liked that Harper integrated some of my favorite characters from Half Moon Hollow into this story, but the story holds on its own even if you haven't read other books by the author.
She is my favorite narrator by far on audible! Amanda Ronconi has great comedic timing, and I love the way she gives all of the characters unique voices. I don't know how she does it! I would much prefer listening to her read these stories than reading on my own.
Before I purchased this book I saw a lot of negative reviews on her performance, but it didn't really bother me except for when I first started listening. The main character has a Boston accent, so if you have a hard time understanding that speaking style then maybe this book isn't for you. I found that once I got into the story the accent wasn't as distracting and actually contributes to what I like best about Ronconi - her ability to make all of the characters distinct.
Fun read, and well worth a credit!
When I started listening to the book I wondered what happened to Amanda Ronconi's usual excellence because she had the main character using a bizarre sort of mild Irish, sort of Boston accent. A few chapters in you find out that her accent is exactly how the author describes it. Once I knew it was skill, not lack there of I found it less distracting and was able to really enjoy the story.
Half Moon Hollow is always fun!
Proud book worm!
I love that Amanda Ronconi is continuing to narrate all of Molly Harpers books. She brings everything to life. This book had me laughing hard and in a couple of instances wondering where she went with it. In all I loved it.
I always loved Jane's character...always a hoot and very happy that Ms. Harper continues to bring back into the books.
For a branch off story for the Half Moon Hallows series it's pretty good.
Love, love , love, to read, and now w/Audible, listen. Enjoy stories with wit and adventure where the h/h embark in a relationship without constant bickering.
Yes, I like both
The second half of the book was the most interesting.. Least: The first half moved slow,also took awhile to get used to listening to a great narrator having to create an accent that was a mish mash of three. After a while it was ok but at beginning it was slightly irritating.
Yes! She is a great narrator, but as mentioned above this one wasn't her best. I think it was more the character, who had a mixture of several accents that took away from it somewhat.
Nola and Jed clearing the air and working together sooner.
I enjoyed having characters from previous books in the series being an intricate part of the story. Would have rated overall and story 3.5 if you were able to use half stars. All in all it was a good book, not one of her best, just a little slow in first half.