Friday, October 7, 2016

Brownies and Broomsticks

While this book isn't exactly spooky or scary, a good witch book can make the lead up to Halloween fun too!

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Summary (via Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. 

While working at the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy's cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells! 

When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben's name and find the real killer..
I'm no baker, so here's a link to the people who know what they're doing:
Hershey's Canada has pages and page of brownie recipes just for you!
Review: Unlike other series from this genre that I've read, the main character in this book-Katie, is just being introduced to the idea of the fact that she's a witch. It's interesting to watch her open up to the possibility and begin to learn the craft from her new friends.

He aunt's 'book club coven' is such a cute and well rounded group of witches too! They each bring something special to the table. This is nice because although we get hints that Katie is probably pretty powerful, she doesn't have to instantly be all things all at once. She can draw on and learn from each of the ladies and their special talents. This gives us something to look forward to in future installments of the series and more than one character to be interested in.

These types of books are just fun and easy reads but I really enjoy them and I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series.
I had no idea there was entire genre of 'chick lit' type books that involved witches until about a year ago.  They're usually pretty quick reads, and a bit predictable, but they're a fun guilty pleasure.  Do read witchy novels?  They usually come in a series.  Do you have a favourite?  Leave a comment below!

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