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would describe as romance I don t now but this one would probably fit in one of those random genresdescribe as romance I don t now but this one would probably fit in one of those random genres Magical Realism or something It is an adult read with a bit of language and some sexual encounters Like this like thatThe Girl That Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen Spellcast by Barbara Ashford could have been written especially for me a New York City woman Maggie Graham has lost her job in public relations my former field flees the city and ends up in a small town in New England my fantasy just to rest for a few days However they are casting a musical my first original and forever love musical theater and of course she wins a partSpellcast has something for everybody or at least every part of me There s theater magic escape from city life of course murder and #mayhemWell written fun Romance mystery and something extra A perfect fantasy #written fun Romance mystery and something extra A perfect fantasy You now when you re having extra A perfect fantasy experience You Moonrise (Snowfall, know when you re having of those days well Maggie has it worse Not only does she lose her job but while in the bath the ceiling collapses Maggie takes this as a sign to get out of Dodge goes on a road trip She ends up at the Crossroads Theatre something seems to pull her thereIt couldn t have come at a better time Maggie decides to take it as a sign revives her acting career Then she meets Director Rowan Mackenzie he s oddly appealing to her but he s hiding something as are the rest of the staff Maggie is determined to find out the secret that has brought together such a band of misfits There was never any magic Just make believe You re wrong Maggie There is magic in the world Maybe that s why you re here To rediscover it Page 163I LOVED this book No really I LOVED this book Two days after Originally Posted at hours of having a completely uiet and catatonic wife my husband had to interrupt and ask Must be a really good book huh He said I looked up with this look of awe on my face and said It s like n I tagged this book as fantasy but that s mostly because I don t use a romance tag It barely counts as fantasy BarelyYes I binged on this book I stayed up late Saturday night I read for a huge chunk of Sunday After a few books in a row that were heavy and dense the lightness of Spellcast was welcome That said what the heck I m just at a loss as to how this is going to be a good book group discussion I can t see that there is much to ponder hereThe book is not easy to start In the first thirty pages Ashford introduces over a dozen characters and the introductions are clumsy While eventually the characters get straight and actually come to be truly uniue people at first I was just frustrated So I m just ambivalent about this book I enjoyed it but it s much less than I think a book group needs to fill an hour with than I liked that And the sex Oy vay We can t discuss that in the middle of Powell s This is an I don tnow what to say sort of review After picking up and putting down copies of Spellcast in multiple bookstores I finally bought it at a Borders closing sale It then spent a while on the TBR pile as book after book moved in front of it I finally took it along on a business trip and ran out of other books to read Not exactly a stirring endorsement so far is itThis is not an I couldn t put it down sort of book It s the type that slowly works its way under your skin until you re surprised at how much fun you re having reading it By the time the end came I discovered that I had sat up so late reading the last 60 pages that I would only get 4 hours of sleep before the alarm went offI typically eschew plot synopses and I will continue that practice here This is a story filled with wonderful characters a setting in musical theater in a community theater in Vermont gentle an A very charming story about redemption love and friendship all wrapped up in a musical theater setting I love stories that can be described as dwelling on the magical realism theme stories where the fantastic mingles with everyday life And this one sure delivered I had a little trouble at the beginning of the book with the introduction of so many characters Some of whom took me awhile to be able to followbut all of them were necessary and vital to this tale Maggie and Rowan were amazing characters Not one but two hearts of this story Their dynamic fueled almost the whole book and i loved their romance This is not only a story this is a journey about how sometimes it is possible to find your true path in life This is that story and the story of the people who will help you achieve itCan t wait to read the second Spellcrossed It is obviously a sign from above that Maggie needs a change of scene when she is not only fired but the ceiling of her bathroom collapses on top of her while she tries to take a consolatory bath She packs a bag and leaves New York City for Vermont intent Theatre She hadn't planned to audition yet soon found herself part of the summer stock cast But her previous acting experiences couldn't prepare he.
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WHAT SHE FINDS INSTEAD IS THEshe finds instead is the Theater and its enigmatic director RowanSpellcast is a fairy tale and like all the best fairy tales it is dark and dangerous and examines all of the things about ourselves we would rather not look at It also glimmers with wide eyed wonder and rustles with restless energy It is impossible to put downAshford s love of theater is apparent and will touch everyone who has had the luck to walk across the stage and everyone who has ever wanted to She captures the camaraderie of the theater perfectly with all ITS DYSFUNCTIONS AND DRAMA HER its dysfunctions and drama Her of I enjoyed so much when I was younger my time spent engaged in summer theater tickled a smile onto my face and marched goosebumps down my arms It was perfect And I didn t realize I had enjoyed theater as much as I had or that I missed it It is an amazing author that can appeal to memories that are almost 20 years old and get me to recall them so vividlyAnd it isn t just theater It is family and friends relationships and work and all those little and not so little things that fill our lives and make us who we areSpellcast can be a very personal read if you let it And I encourage you greatly to do so I finished this lovely book at 1245am last night and I am embarrassed to tell you how emotional I was by the end of the story It actually ept me awake a long time as I pondered what might lie ahead for these very engaging and in the case of Rowan MacKenzie charismatic characters Yes I admit it I fretted Over fictional beings But isn t the whole purpose of writing to make the reader care I think it is And I think Barbara Ashford did just that so the book rates very high with me I don t give out 5 stars very often The plot line characters have to be uite strong and even importantly the writing must be very very good if not downright lyricalI will confess that I wasn t sure when I first started reading I like musical theater probably than most but since I ve never acted I m not particularly drawn to the behind the scenes things like stage direction set building and so forth It was interesting but for awhile I was wanting to get away from it and move on with the main focus namely Maggie Rowan However Ashford was not to be rushed And it turns out she was right to build her foundation slowly and surely Gradually as the theater s productions became a metaphor for what was really going on in this tale I began to enjoy even that part and And when the action finally began to pick up I was very glad I hadn t let anything even the plethora of characters whose names I was barely eeping straight stop me from continuing I will confess I love reading about a tortured tormented and angst ridden man and I don t think they come any so than the enigmatic Rowan Who and what he is puzzled Maggie to the point of near obsession and I felt the same way I ve read plenty of urban fantasy so I had drawn my conclusions as to what he was early on but I wanted confirmation And I wanted to Hello, Snow! know the whole back story It unfolds bit by bit sometimes excruciatingly slowly but unfold it does And it brings with it some of the most emotion and drama packed love scenes I ve ever read I was elated one moment heartbroken the next and desperate for resolution the entire time All I can say is I was crying through the last 30 or so pages of the book and as I said above sleep didn t come easy last nightIf I had one negative thing to add it might be that Maggie s daddy issues were a bit overdone for my taste But they certainly factor into describing who she was and whatind of baggage she was carrying on her shoulders so I don t A Little Dinner Before the Play know whether it would have helped to tone that down a bit or not It certainly wasn t a big enough problem to spoil my enjoyment of the book in any wayIf you like your love stories a bit less sugar coated than some and with plenty of interesting side stories to round out the cast this book is probably just what the doctor ordered I found I couldn t even wait to get to the store today to pick up a copy of the seuel Spellcrossed so I downloaded it onto my Kindle and started reading right away I even put my long awaited copy of Odd Apocalypse received yesterday on hold until I finish this second book and for me that s something I had been counting the days to get that one and catch up on what s happening with Oddie That s how wrapped up in this story I am and how eager I am to read One note After having read several very poorly written books in a row it was such a treat to open the covers of Spellcast and find solid story telling and good writing with no noticeable errors in grammar or spelling What a relief But that s a subject for another day Suffice it to say this book was good on every level and I hope to enjoy many stories from Barbara Ashford Bookin R for the theater's unusual staff and its handsome almost otherworldly directorRead Barbara Ashford's blogs and other content on the Penguin Communi.