Monday, January 10, 2011

Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker by Camille DeAngelis

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This book was a departure for me because I seldom read general fiction anymore, despite having been previously smitten with suspense novels and thrillers, I have become very comfortably ensconced in the historical fiction genre and the informative pages of arts & crafts books. That being said the description of this book was intriguing and I had to give it a try.

I also have to be honest. I didn't think I was going to like this book when I first got my hands on it - despite the tantalizing description. Initially, I thought it might be a bit too glib for my taste but within a few pages I was hooked. This is a magical tale of white witches, espionage (during WW11, love, liaisons & family- an utterly delightful fantasy. Ms. DeAngelis has such a pure, quirky imagination! I ended up not being able to put the book down, but devoured the story page by delightful page. I loved it and it was, indeed, a magical mystery tour through the author's eyes.

Imagine: a earthy witch named, appropriately enough, Eve. Eve falls in love with a mortal man during WW11 when they worked together against the Nazis. Her love is lost in a mere mortal sort of way, leaving Eve to carry on. The reader is introduced to Eve at the ripe, but not necessarily old, age of 149. The catch is that, with enough "oomph", Eve is able shed her older skin - allowing her to become youthful once again. Seducing young mortal men works fine as a diversion to her 'golden' years until one day she meets a young man who reminds her of departed love. Could it be that he has "come back" for her?

This is one of the most imaginative, rollicking fun books that I have read in some time. A delightful departure from the mundane world of every day. Richly whimsical and off beat - this book is a little gem.

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