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Publisher's Summary

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

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Kept me interested and intrigued

Would you listen to Petty Magic again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Petty Magic?

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.

What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

Everything. I enjoy how she defines the characters so clearly. She also narrates with emotion and depth, and that draws you into the story.

Any additional comments?

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous well written story, very entertaining

Would you listen to Petty Magic again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

Well narrated by Kelley Hanzen - she adds just the right touch of playful, emotional or dastardly underhanded tone when necessary - so entertaining.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I read this on a long road trip and the hours simple flew by!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Incredible woman-driven story.

An amazingly entertaining ride through a modern witch's life. An a strong, sensual, witty colorful narration by Kelley Hazen. Her read on every single character was so concise and specific you could see the story. Not just hear it. Thank you Ms. DeAngelis. Thank you Ms. Hazen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing author and amazing reader

If you could sum up Petty Magic in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, ingenius, fun

What other book might you compare Petty Magic to and why?

Nothing like it.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ambrosia cake and viewfinders that see the past.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Can't say because... spoiler alert, has to do with Helena.

Any additional comments?

Fantastically talented writer. Someone will make this into a movie and I wish it was me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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what a story!

I loved, loved, loved this audiobook. This coven of witches are wonderfully witchy. The main character Evelyn is so powerful and charming and disarming. The story threads through history so there is an historical element that is quite captivating as Evelyn moves through time. The supernatural part of it is wild and fun and really quite original! I experienced every emotion listening to this - fear, concern, humor, sadness. There is section of such heartbreak. It is an epic story. Mystery, romance, occult and history. Everything you could ask for.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Phenomenal book; do not miss this one!

Would you consider the audio edition of Petty Magic to be better than the print version?

Yes, Kelley Hazan is a wonderfully talented narrator and for me this is one of her strongest works.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Petty Magic?

I loved the lush detailed descriptions of every day things that had been altered by magic; food, settings, dolls. DeAngelis is great at describing intricate detail in a way that leaves you wanting more. I also really enjoyed how Petty Magic repeatedly transports you across time and space without ever leaving your home.

Which character – as performed by Kelley Hazen – was your favorite?

That's a tough one...the major characters were incredibly interesting, particularly the main character. I felt that her character development was so good that I actually knew her...she was a character I didn't want to say goodbye to at the end. I truly wish that Petty Magic was just one in a series of books as there's so much more that can be done with these characters and this concept. Kelley Hazan did a great job with the many quirky ancillary characters; a brilliant curmudgeon parrot, animated dolls with creaky wooden jaw joints, and so on. This book was so fun to listen to!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationship between the lead character and the love of her life...incredibly sweet. And the interplay between flashbacks to that relationship and present day revelation of her budding relationship with the young man suspected to be the great love's reincarnation. Totally cool and very sweet.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy this unique genre; fantasy/a bit of historical fiction/a bit of scifi/romance. I'd love to see this made into a multi-season TV show on HBO...something in the style of Allan Ball's True Blood. Honestly I didn't want to put this book down and was sad to see it end. Thank you so much Kelley Hazan and Camile DeAngelis for this complimentary copy of Petty Magic in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I'm planning to read more of DeAngelis' books...cannot wait!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The story grows on you as you go on listening...

To clarify things, it's 3.5 stars for the story, really.

Well, I finished the book two days ago but I needed time to finally decide on my rating. This is a kind of story that grows on you as you continue listening. For me it started really slow, and I couldn't grasp where it was going to go, to the point of almost losing interest in the book completely. The title mentions "memoirs and confessions" but the narration seemed to jump from one idea to another and the plotline went in so many directions at once that it seemed to me as if the author couldn't decide whether she's going to write a romance, a paranormal cozy mystery, or maybe a family saga... But then, when Eve meets Justin, and when she starts to go back in her memoirs to her experiences during WWII, the story gets definitely more concise, logical and intriguing. Evelyn herself is a complicated character - I didn't really like her at first, she seemed a little too boastful, arrogant, rebelious... but then we learn about her experiences as a spy, her love for Jonah, what happened to them - and I got to like her much more, understanding finally why she is the way she is:) The other characters in Eve's coven are equally interesting and 3-dimensional, with a lot of secrets, angsts that boil through decades and loyalties that are challenged in the most unexpected ways... All that makes for a story that will keep you listening on even if you don't really expect it when you start the book.

There's one thing that confused me a little while listening - the story jumps back and forth in time with no warning whatsoever, and while it's ok on a written page, it confused me every time it happened when listening; in one sentence Eve is with Justin in present times, in the next paragraph she's with Jonah in the 1940s Europe...

The narration by Ms Hazen is wonderful, as usual. She adds emotions and depth to the story, and Eve in her interpretation is a real, living and breathing, human being.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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An Awesome Tale

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator and found it very entertaining. A very interesting and intriguing book. The main character is 149 years old, she's used magic to be a nurse, and a spy in both World Wars. She recounts her life after she meets a young man that looks like the love of her life. The tales of her past and the conflicts in her present life, keeps you listening and enjoying narrative. I was so involved in the story, I was shocked when it ended.

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Witches

I did enjoy this listen as it was supernatural about witches mainly Evelyn. She relives her long life (140+yrs) thru many periods of time and was quirky. I did enjoy the historical and reincarnation aspect and some scenes were sad. Recommend to anyone who enjoys stories of witches and the cult. I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Good Story

Overall Petty Magic was a good story. I found it to be an interesting although slow read. I would have loved to learn more about the magical parts of the story. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story and characters to life.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-12-18

Do you believe in reincarnation?

Before running this review, a confession. This reader is not usually fond of books which, at their heart, revolve around witches or romance. This book does both. So why the accolade? In part, the totally unexpected approach to those practitioners of spells and the excellent storytelling, and also the wonderful performance of the narrator, Kelley Hazen.

Ms.Hazen has a voice of musical honey, deeply delicious to the ear, well articulated and intoned. It would be a pleasure to hear her simply read a telephone book. But this story is far from that and she uses her skill as narrator to breath life into all of the characters, both male and (mostly) female with distinctively individual voices as well as becoming the beldame story teller.

Written in the first person, the central character, Evelyn, admits the reader to her lifestyle and the society of her large association of family and friends. Her witches are not eternal but they can expect a far longer life than most mere mortals and at the start of her confessions, she is almost one hundred and fifty, no longer the attractive young thing she used to be but still able to appear to be so for a limited time. Before her energies fade and she returns to her more elderly appearance. This way she can still enjoy one-nightly daliances with attractive, much younger men. And does - but just the one night each time...

Until the nephew of the elderly (only human) local antique dealer arrives to take over the shop. He reminds her so much of her one true love so many decades before and the story then takes the reader through alternating accounts of her life before and during World War II and her time with Jonah, and the present day growing, but doomed, romance with Justin. And throughout those present day reflections, there are delightful peeks into the great family assembly for Christmas, internal dispute, and tips on travelling more quickly and in privacy than most of us would ever encounter.

Yes, this is witches as different from the usual spell casters as is likely to be found. Instead , the book is a concoction of old fashioned glamour, close relationships, lost love and youth - and often hilariously funny. It is paced quite slowly for the reader to enjoy every delicious morsel My deepest thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Petty Magic, via Storyteller. It was a joy and a delight, a perfect pairing of author and narrator. Highly recommended, even if romance and witches are not your usual genre.

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  • 08-15-18

A memoir

As the title states, this book is written as a memoir and as such there isn't too much of a story through it. There are two threads running through, life in the present, and memories of Evelyn's past in Germany. There she was helping the efforts against the Nazis, using her magic to great advantage. I found the book was a bit too full of unnecessary descriptions and Eve was quite a condescending character at times though I liked her most of the time.
The narrator had a great voice for Eve as a main character and also for the many different characters and accents, though some of the foreign names were emphasized a bit strongly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful