Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can't fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?
This is all fine and well until Eve meets Justin, who reminds her so much of a former lover that one night is no longer enough. Eve's coven has always turned a blind eye to her nighttime mischief, but this time they think she's gone too far-and they certainly don't hesitate to tell her so. Dodging the warnings of family and friends, Eve must also defend her sister, Helena, when another beldame accuses Helena of killing her own husband sixty years before.
As the evidence against Helena begins to pile up, Eve distracts herself by spending more and more nights-and days-romancing Justin as her former self. There are so many peculiar ways in which Justin is like Jonah, her partner behind enemy lines in World War II and the one true love of her life. Experts in espionage, Jonah and Eve advanced the allied cause at great personal sacrifice. Now Eve suspects that her Jonah has returned to her, and despite the disapproval of her coven and the knowledge that love with a mortal man can only end in sorrow, she can't give him up. But can she prove it's really him?
In this captivating tale of adventure and timeless romance, novelist Camille DeAngelis blends World War II heroics with witchcraft and wit, conjuring a fabulously rich world where beldames and mortal men dare to fall in love.
©2010 Camille DeAngelis (P)2013 Camille DeAngelis
I think so. The story covers different eras and it would be interesting to listen for more details now that I know where the story ends and I'm not worried about what will happen.
I don't want to say too much and spoil the fun for someone who hasn't listened to it, so I will just say the scene in the cemetery was my favorite. The whole atmosphere was perfectly captured by the narrator's performance.
Everything. I enjoy how she defines the characters so clearly. She also narrates with emotion and depth, and that draws you into the story.
I'm not one for stories about witches or fantasy, but I enjoyed this story very much. I found it inventive and creative and the narrator truly keeps you engaged. It's not just an empty silly story about witches, it's about family and women and their loves and losses.
Smart, funny and easy to listen to, I loved Petty Magic on Audible and would absolutely listen to it again or recommend it to anyone who asked.
DeAngelis treats a unique subject in a light-hearted, humorous, yet deeply touching way. Poignant descriptions and well worded prose bring you right there to every moving or funny moment of this book. I was laughing and crying out loud.
Well narrated by Kelley Hanzen - she adds just the right touch of playful, emotional or dastardly underhanded tone when necessary - so entertaining.
I read this on a long road trip and the hours simple flew by!
I loved the start of this book- it seemed to have everything I was looking for in a witchy novel, but the ending felt rushed and there was a distinct lack of a dramatic climax. Did not fulfill it's potential.
I read/listen to books in clustered theme groups based on my moods. Lately, I've been into fantasy/witchcraft - adult themed witch stories, not YA. I thought this book because the plot line sounded intriguing.
If I'm not quite connecting with a book or narrator, I give it a few chapters and about an hour of my time. After 60 minutes, I was finished. There was essentially NO plot for me to grasp on to. I kept hitting the back button thinking I'd zoned out and missed some key sentences that would hook me in... but alas, they could not be found.
Originally, I purchased this book based on some good reviews off goodreads, but I'm returning it.
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