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Synopsis: Elly Blair welcomes the chance to escape her ex-fiance and job from hell when Grandma Imelda, ready to retire to sunny Florida, calls for her to take over her little southern cafe.
Elly has no idea her grandmother has baked up magic for the unsuspecting townsfolk for thirty years-and now Grandma Imelda insists that Elly use her own hitherto unsuspected magical powers to carry on the family tradition.
But Elly’s new at this stuff. Her dishes don’t turn out as full of smidgens of enchantment and dashes of wishes come true as she’d hoped. When handsome customer Rory Covington takes a bite of the wrong burger, he ends up capturing the attention of every woman in town. Elly doesn’t know if her feelings for Rory are true or based on her magic gone awry.
Tom Owenton is an investigator the National Organization for Magic sent to look into the magical mishap. Unless Elly can reverse the spell, the cafe will be closed permanently. Tom is more than willing to help Elly out of this magical pickle, but she’s not sure she should accept his offer.
Elly only has forty-eight hours to find a way to reverse the spell, or she’ll lose the cafe and never discover if her feelings for Rory are real.
Review: Ellie Blair returns to her home town, Mystic Hollow after she breaks off an engagement to her cheating fiancé in New York. She is landed with her grandmother’s successful café along with her magical abilities that Ellie has an innate talent for. She is a little reluctant to take on such a huge responsibility but soon realises that the Mystic Café is exactly where she wants to be. Her life becomes troublesome when the good-looking farmer Rory Covington enters her café and orders a cheeseburger. She feels an instant attraction to him but makes a fool of herself when she flies through the café and swipes the burger out of his mouth. Her waitress has given him the wrong meal with the wrong spell. But it is too late. Everyone woman in town is now hot on the heels of Rory, including his ex-girlfriend, Kim from the city who returns with a vengeance- to get him back and she will not stop at anything for this to happen. So, Kim makes Ellie’s life very difficult. But Ellie also has to deal with Tom Owenton a magical authority that has turned up on her doorstep and threatened to close down her café due to poor practices. Ellie has to work with him to keep the café open as well as figure out whether her feelings for Rory are real or because of the magic.
This is a sweet romance in the chic lit genre with a little supernatural thrown in. Ellie is a likeable character and the tension between her and Rory (and Tom) is enjoyable. Kim is a cliché snobby ex-girlfriend who wants to make trouble but she adds a nice element to the story.
I recommend this to those who enjoy a fun, light-hearted romance with a touch of magic.
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