Publication date: January 25, 2022
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Bewitched meets Practical Magic in this sparkling and quirky rom-com with an enchanted twist. When romance problems cause their powers to go berserk, a trio of witches whose family was banned from practicing magic risk getting in serious trouble with the Grand Council. Can they get their magic—and their love lives—in order before it’s too late?
Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting…
Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.
Cousin Trudy is so stressed that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes, creating havoc among her bakery customers—and in her marriage. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control and figured out how to harness their powers. How else can Gwen decide whether her growing feelings for Jeremy are real—or the result of too many of Trudy’s cupcakes?
Three cousins from a family of witches forbidden from doing magic risk getting in a LOT of trouble when their innate magic starts going haywire. As stories to make them afraid (and keep them in line) start to be revealed to be untrue, the three must join forces with an unlikely ally to save themselves and everyone they love.
This was touted as a romance and, while there are definitely romantic elements to it, I didn’t feel like it was super romance-centric. I’m not a big fan of straight romance so this was fine with me! The cousins are likable… though the significant others are not. One wonders why the cousins tried so much to keep their cousin Tannith from stealing one of them away. I’d say “good riddance” to any one of them!
The story is told primarily through Gwen’s perspective, one of the cousins, but also through the perspective of Tannith’s poor cat, Griz. The cat narrator added to the fun and funny light nature of this witchy novel. There are many antics - the unintended consequences of Trudy’s cupcakes are particularly entertaining - and it winds up with a happy and slightly predictable ending. It was all around a fun adventure with the cousins and is left with an opening for more tales of the trio.
Author’s site: https://elizabeth-bass.com/