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Publisher's Summary

Learn how it all began ...before the magic of tatùs.

When Argyle invites his best friend, Simon Kerrigan, home for the Christmas holidays, he wants to save Simon from staying at Guilder Boarding School on his own.

Simon comes along and doesn't expect to find much more excitement in the tiny Scottish town where Argyle's family lives. Until he meets Beth, Argyle's older sister. She's beautiful, brash and clearly interested in him.

When her father warns him to stay away from her, Simon tries, but sometimes destiny has a hope of its own.

©2016 W.J. May (P)2016 W.J. May

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Great start of story!

I love this story it was a great beginning for a truly good series totally enjoyable!

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Beautiful story

Clean and sweet start to a beautiful story. This is the first book I have listened to my this author but it will not be the last. I couldn’t stop listening. Excellent beginning.

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Amazing

Im really loving the prequel series alot and Sarah is a really good narrator starting the next one now

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Magnificent

Totally enjoyable story. Full of magic and romance. The characters definitely win your heart. The narrator made the story come alive.

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love at first sight

when Simon goes to Argyle's home for the holidays he falls in love with Argyle's older sister.

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Delightful

The simple teenage romance of Rae Kerrigan's parents.

Easy-to-listen to. Entertaining. Romantic. Wonderful characters.

I received a copy of this book as a gift.  This is my honest review.

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I kept losing interest

Christmas Before the Magic
The Chronicles of Kerrigan Prequel Book 1
By: W.J. May
Narrated by: Sarah Ann Masse
I have read other books by this author and really enjoyed them but this short story lacked depth. I think the books will be better.
The narration was fair.

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The accent is great but...

Narrative lacks emotion at times. Also get it that this is the first of 5 prequels, but is very very short. It's really a singke short story than a book.

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Great Narration and a prequel that has me hooked

I was provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

I decided to read the prequel before reading the first book in the series and I have to admit my interest is definitely piqued and can't wait to read the first book in the series. I really liked Simon and Beth, their romance, and the fact that Beth's father wanted to keep them apart. It leaves all kinds of question I'm dying to have answered like the significance behind Guilder Boarding School, the tattoo Simon is supposed to get, and the ominous words Beth's fathrr spewed at Simon. It has me wanting to read more.

I also really loved the narrator. Sarah Ann Masse did a great job with the accents, especially eith Beth. I wanted to listen to Beth talk through the entire book. I really loved her voice and how soft and great Simon's voice was. She is amazing after listening to her narrate this book.

This book was definitely worth the listen.

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  • 06-29-21

A short novella to learn the characters!

This is a short story that lets us get to know some of the characters that will be in the series. Argyle takes Simon to his home for Christmas break and we get to meet Simon's family which I think is going to lead in to what is going to happen to the boys when they get back to school. I'm looking forward to listening to more in this series.
I received a free code for this book from Audiobooks Unleashed to listen to on Audible. This review is my own honest opinion.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 01-12-21

Great

This is a great glimpse into the world that has been created for us. I absolutely adored the series and this was lovely to see. Great performance from Sarah.