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Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

©2013 Molly Harper White (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Molly Harper has done it again

I have every Molly Harper book and am never disappointed. Another easy listen with just the right amount of humor and romance. One of the few authors that makes me laugh out loud.

I love Amanda Ronconi and the fact that she narrates all of Molly's books.

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The series continues

All the stories in the series are pretty much the same, but the dialogue is fun, and the writing is good and well paced.

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Get it now

If this book is free, or close to it (as it was when I wrote this review) do yourself a great big favor and buy it NOW. I don't much like humor books, but ... Her quips, jibes, and sarcasm are delivered deadpan, just when one expects a predictable sentence.

Just imagine what one can do with the line: "He's so vain." If your veins aren't running, that is.

I'm now paying serious $ / credits for Ms. Harper's other books. Enjoy.

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This was fabulous, super cute!!!

Where does A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a great story. a complete winner...I loved it!!

What other book might you compare A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses to and why?

It is comparable to the Jane Jameson series...lots of same characters, and it is in the hollow...it was so good!!!

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

I thought she did a great job, ignore the people saying she was not good, because she was great...the whole book was flawlessly narrated....great characters, great voices, and lots of humor!

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

I practically did!!

Any additional comments?

I hope there is more about Nola and Jed...they are a fabulous couple...and I am looking forward to a new installment! Highly recommend!!!!

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B rating....

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!

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Love Amanda Ronconi ... but not this time

If you’ve listened to books by Molly Harper before, how does this one compare?

Honestly, I haven't finished it yet. I am having a very hard time getting interested in the storyline and the characters. So far I'd have to say this is my least favorite.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms Ronconi in Molly Harper's other books, but not this one. There was a mention in the book about the main character having a mix of accents, but that couldn't explain this mess of accents. Ms Ronconi seems to frequently forget the accent(s), then remember for a few minutes and then slip back to her regular voice. I find it jarring and very distracting. I think it would have been much more successful if Ms Harper had written Nola's character with with only one accent for Ms Ronconi to deal with.

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I"m suprised no one mentioned the awful editing

It was ridiculous how bad the editing was. I almost gave up on listening but I like the Molly Harper Amanda Ronconi team and the story was pretty good so i pushed through and the editing got better.

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Funny and Paranormal

Love the Molly Harper books because they are always funny and a quick read. That said, I hate Molly Harper books because they are a quick read. They are so much fun that I just want them to keep on going.

Nola Leary, a witch from Ireland, joins the group in Half Moon Hollow, KY in search of four mystical items that belong to her family and they want them back. Nola is on a mission!

Jed Trudeau is also new to the group and a love/hate interest for Nola. Thought I had him figured out at the very beginning of the book and then out of left field, Molly gives a new paranormal experience.

Loved, loved, loved the book. Molly does not disappoint.

Usually I feel the same way about Amanda Ronconi, the narrator. However, her Boston/Irish accent that is supposed to be Nola’s signature didn’t happen. Boston did not come through and Ireland kept fading in and out. I am sure that this was a challenge for Ms. Ronconi and would be for anyone but I was disappointed in her rendition.

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Did not disappoint!

What other book might you compare A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses to and why?

I've really enjoyed the entire series of Nice Girls in the Half Moon Hollow. Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are a great combination.
This is the 1st book that contained charactors from accented paths, and Amanda tried to come through for us... I loved the "deep south" accent but "irish" didn't cut it.

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Get the accent right!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Please, if accents are important to you just buy the book and read that. I couldn't get through this and will most likely return this audiobook. I normally love the combination of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. In this instance, the main character was supposed to be from Ireland and instead sounded like she was from Boston. I really tried but I can't finish this audiobook so it's back to the print edition for me and I'll wait until Amanda Ronconi is back to narrating in Southern accents which she seems to excel in.

Would you be willing to try another book from Molly Harper? Why or why not?

I think Molly Harper is a very fun author and I enjoy her sarcastic wit. I would definitely try her other books.

How could the performance have been better?

The accent! Either do the accent correctly or don't do one at all. You can refer to many a movie performance for reference.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I'll tell you after I read the print edition.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful