Almost Magic is 100% Magical

Phyl Campbell By Phyl Campbell, 20th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Just in time for Halloween, a little bit of magic, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of good writing from author JM Kelley!

She magic -- but she's no witch

Meddling relatives enable an herbalist to find love, but can she keep it? A better question: is he worth it? Vivian is not a witch - despite what the gossips gossip. She is an herbalist open to spirit and energy that others may call magic. She thinks that a simple life is the best way to make sure things don't blow up in her face. She avoids intimacy from all but her aunts and her plants. Until Jack comes into her life.

He's a widow -- but he's not alone

Jack is a widow raising his four year old little girl, but he's not exactly alone. He's haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. The problem is that he doesn't believe in the supernatural. But blaming himself for his wife's death is keeping him up at night. Vivian knows that until he deals with his grief and gets rid of the ghost, they can never be together. She will not be the other woman in a love triangle with a ghost. Despite this, her mother, aunt, and many of the good people in town have already begun to think of Jack and Vivian as a couple.

-- and then there's the girl

In addition to the ghost of his dead wife, and although his little girl knows to hide it from him, Jack's daughter can read minds - or rather, the thoughts of others invade her thoughts. Jack has noticed on several occasions that his daughter seems to have a sixth sense about things, but dismisses it. When she pulls words and phrases she shouldn't know right out of his head, Jack assumes that he's talking out loud or something else. Despite being haunted, he adamantly refuses to believe in magic.

However, it must be magic -- though perhaps it's love or trust that children have for certain people in their lives -- which draws the little girl to Vivian. Whatever the reason, Vivian immediately recognizes the little girl's gift. She tries to help the little girl shield her mind from things she shouldn't be "hearing." However, the help she provides is misunderstood by common folk, and Jack in particular is not pleased by certain revelations. This causes Vivian to wonder if he could be right for her at all.

My take

The relatives in Vivian's life get involved in all-to-understandable meddling ways, and their laugh-out-loud antics will charm a reader's soul. The little girl is very cute, and the embarrassment her special gift causes Vivian and Jack in otherwise serious moments is nothing short of charming.

In the slightly paranormal romance, Almost Magic, author JM Kelley presents characters that are both lifelike and relate-able, scenarios which are commonplace without being boring, a little bit of romance, and evidence of the supernatural becoming natural when emotions run high and passions are strong. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Disclaimer: I am a fellow author, and received a complimentary copy of Almost Magic in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Almost Magic, Death Of Spouse, Ghosts, Jm Kelley, Paranormal, Romance

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Oct 2013 (#)

interesting indeed you are spreading your very well...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Oct 2013 (#)

Phyl, that sounds like an interesting book. I'll try it. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Oct 2013 (#)

Sounds like a chick book but I'm tempted to read it anyway.

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author avatar JM Kelley
21st Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks so much for this wonderful review, Phyl! Love hearing your thoughts on the story, and I appreciate you taking the time to read it and share the impressions. Thank you!

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