In New York Times bestselling author Lucy March’s new novel, Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends . . . but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed. As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side . . . and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?
I found A Little Night Magic a few months ago on sale on Audible.com, I saw that Amanda Ronconi was the narrator and so I snatched it up! Then, I promptly forgot about it, as I had about six books ahead of it on my queue for listening. Today, I had an eleven hour car drive and realized I didn’t have anything to listen too, so I hunted through my audible account and decided on this one! I’m glad I did, it kept my attention for the entire drive and I finished it about three blocks from home!
The book starts with Olivia – a waitress with what seems like bad luck. (And she believes it may or may not be, but probably is not the result of magic.) Olivia has a special wishing tile in the diner where she works – it won her a prom date, broke her up with a boyfriend and ended her mom’s battle with cancer. Unfortunately, her comfortable life is about to turn upside down!
I loved Olivia and the people around her. I loved her relationship with Tobias, the cute but mysterious cook. I loved her confessionals (a Saturday brunch ritual) with her life-long best friends. Her trusting nature, and ability to run with things as they were tossed at her. Her naivety definitely leads the way to more trouble than it does good, but without that? This book would not have been near as endearing! (But perhaps, more than anything? I love her magical Mug-Bunny!)
Sure, this book was a bit predictable – but worth every moment I invested in it.
Lucy March twists a magical tail, complete with some twilight mockery, a sweet love story and beautiful friendships. I found myself wishing that Nodaway New York was a real town, I’d love to have some of Betty’s Magical cakes, or walk through the woods outside of town. I would recommend A Little Night Magic to anyone looking for a quick, quirky and sweet read!