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ENCHANTED TO MEET YOU

A perfect potion of cozy, romantic, and enchanting fun.

A 30-something cottage witch bands together with a handsome stranger and a teenage goth in order to save their Connecticut hometown from an ancient curse.

When she was 9 years old, Jessica Gold discovered that her mother was magic. Well, not technically magic, but just enchanting enough for the impressionable child to take her father quite literally when he says, “Your mother is magic,” and set out to follow in her mother's footsteps. Using simple spells from Goody Fletcher’s Book of Useful Household Tips, a grimoire her mother unearthed from an estate sale, Jessica became a “cottage witch,” one who uses herbs and remedies to perform acts of good. That is, until Jessica decided to take Billy Walker to her senior prom. A harmless love potion meant to steal Billy’s heart ended up unleashing the terror of fellow high school student and storm witch Rosalie Hopkins. Years later, West Harbor still shivers at the chill of Rosalie’s jealousy-induced blizzard, and Jessica continues to lie low at her boutique, Enchantments, performing just the right amount of magic to make her customers feel charmed. Just when the residents of West Harbor seem to have forgotten the inexplicable, snowy events of 2006, the bearded and rugged Derrick Winters appears in Jessica’s shop. The sexy warlock reveals that there’s a deadly rift surfacing beneath their town, and only the “Chosen One” and the “Bringer of Light” can stop it. Jessica turns out to be the Chosen One, and the Bringer of Light is 16-year-old Esther Dodge, a high school student who can explode pumpkins with her mind. Can Jessica, Derrick, and Esther use their powers of good to prevent the destruction of West Harbor, or are darker forces at play? Cabot’s latest adult rom-com is charming and mystical, combining her usual humor with a strong female heroine to make an enticing new saga. The first installment of the Witches of West Harbor series will leave readers eager to follow Jessica and Derrick on their quest for harmony.

A perfect potion of cozy, romantic, and enchanting fun.

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2023

ISBN: 9780063268371

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023

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THIS SUMMER WILL BE DIFFERENT

A steamy, romantic summer read with a charming setting.

A florist attempts to avoid her best friend’s brother—and their powerful chemistry—on Prince Edward Island.

When Lucy Ashby visits her best friend Bridget’s family home on Prince Edward Island for the first time, Bridget gives her three rules: Eat your weight in oysters….Leave the city behind. And, most importantly, Don’t fall in love with my brother. Unfortunately for Lucy, she sleeps with Felix basically the second her plane lands, unaware that he’s Bridget’s brother until it’s too late. Lucy has never felt understood or accepted by her immediate family, and Bridget is one of the very few people she allows into her inner circle, so Lucy’s desperate to abide by these rules. And so she and Felix try to avoid each other on every one of Lucy’s visits to PEI over the years. And, of course, they fail spectacularly, always returning to each other when they’re in between relationships. But it’s never been anything serious…Lucy makes sure of that, backing off whenever her emotions feel too strong. In her “real life” back in Toronto, it’s easier for Lucy to avoid thinking of Felix as she runs a busy floral shop, working herself into the ground. But when Bridget asks Lucy to come to PEI for an emergency girls’ trip less than two weeks before Bridget is supposed to get married, Lucy drops everything to be there for her best friend. She doesn’t expect to find Felix there, along with feelings that are stronger and more difficult than ever to ignore. Even more than jeopardizing her relationship with Bridget, Lucy is afraid that giving in to her feelings could ruin the life she’s worked so hard to build. Fortune, the author of hits like Every Summer After (2022), gives readers another refreshingly summery story full of angst, romance, and sex scenes aplenty. The PEI setting is a beautiful backdrop for Lucy and Felix’s secret hookups and Lucy’s journey of self-discovery as she learns how to stand on her own two feet as a business owner, friend, and daughter. In addition to frequent (and welcome) Anne of Green Gables references, there are oysters galore and many sandy, windy scenes that transport readers straight to the island.

A steamy, romantic summer read with a charming setting.

Pub Date: May 7, 2024

ISBN: 9780593638880

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: March 9, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2024

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IT ENDS WITH US

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...

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Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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