Series: Nodaway Falls #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin Setting: New York
on January 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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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?
This description had me at love, magic, and waffles. Of course, I had to listen to it.
Olivia is 28 and in a rut. She’s never left the small town near Buffalo NY where she grew up. She’s stayed in the same job forever. She decided to declare her interested in the guy she’s been pining for – and he rejected her. It is time to shake up her life.
I don’t have a lot of patience for characters who sit around and whine about how helpless they are. Olivia definitely had a bit of this, especially in the beginning of the story. She was all set to make major moves in her life. But when things actually do start to change she panics and looks for any way out. That’s a dynamic that is frustrating for me to listen to. It got better as the story went on.
On the plus side, this book does have a character whose entire magic is the ability to conjure delectable baked goods from thin air. In times of stress, the world’s best chocolate cake appears. Now that is a useful magic talent!