A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family–and a new love–changes the course of her life.
As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.
But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.
As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….
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“It is a leap of faith to love people and let yourself be loved. It’s closing your eyes and stepping off a ledge into nothing and trusting that you’ll fly rather than fall.”
(4.5 / 5) Go in blind for this one and be prepared to hug the book or nearest something if you’re listening to audio. It’ll bring out all the feels!
It’s a witchy fantasy set in our contemporary world. It deals with orphans, found families and enough cantankerous characters to make you laugh out loud. If you’ve read The Cerulean Sea (review here) and loved it, then this is for you. I say that with the utmost respect because I gave Cerulean Sea 5 stars. While this one is fabulous, I blame my slump for it not being a full 5 stars, because it has all the makings of a favorite.
Audio Review: Samara MacLauren as the narrator was a perfect addition to the story. She added whimsical elements when necessary, her child voice was spot on (a pet peeve of mine if it doesn’t fit), but most importantly pain and love could be heard. It was so well done. I will definitely be looking into her other work.
Like I said, go into this one blind with the knowledge that you’ll come out feeling happy and full of hope, even if you’re cynical like me!
General content summary: F words: 20+, language, m/m marriage, orphans and adoption, previous child physical abuse, f/f engagement, m/f detailed intimacy.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Audio for the gifted copy!
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