Sunday, December 19, 2010
Petty Magic, by Camille DeAngelis
If you're in the mood for a little enchantment, I encourage you to read Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis. This book has it all: romance, espionage, travel, intrigue and a dash of magic.
Eve, the 149 year old protagonist, has the (perhaps) enviable ability to shed the effects of her advanced years and step out on the town with the vigor and visage of her youth. This, like most of the magic she practices, appears to be of the "no harm, no foul" variety. But alas, it's impossible to carry on such fun without risk and eventually her series of one-night-stands leads her to the charms of Justin - a young man reminiscent of someone from her past. With Justin, everything changes.
Jonah, her one true love was killed in the line of duty while they were serving together behind enemy lines during World War II. Now, all these years later, she falls in love again. Could Justin somehow be Jonah? They seem to share so many traits. Eve struggles with her feelings for Justin and her memories of Jonah, as well as the reality of her May/December romance.
Woven through the love story are tales of mysterious disappearances, murder and politics which plague the secret society of beldames and their beloved mortal men.
The memoirs and confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker, as told by Camille DeAngelis, is sure to charm and delight.
I would like to pass along my delight by sending a copy of this book (value = $24) to the winner of a random drawing. But some magic is necessary: 10 readers must comment on this post, then a winner will be selected.
WE HAVE A WINNER! Kathryn, please claim your prize! Send your mailing address to hartfg*at*gmail.com