I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on September 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Magic Realism Romance, Romagic Comedy
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Magic realism mixes with romantic comedy in this new novel from Sarah Belle about the dangers of internet shopping – and using magic to solve real world problems.
Lou’s life is perfect. She loves her job, her renovated house, and most of all, her gorgeous fiancé, Aidan. But when her old flame and Aidan’s school yard nemesis turn out to be the same person, Hunter Wincott, Lou’s life is blown apart. She must divulge her secret past, or have Hunter give it away. Either way, she runs the real risk of losing Aidan.
In desperation, she turns to Google. A quick search turns up Majique, the Internet Witch, and a spell that will delete herself from Hunter’s memory. But something goes wrong in the casting process, and Lou deletes much more than just a memory. She deletes herself from her life completely.
Luckily, there’s a one-week window for Lou to get back to the life she loved. One week to win back Aidan, before he walks down the aisle with the wrong woman, and damns everyone to a lifetime of misery. It would be easy, if only Aidan had any idea who Lou actually is.
Ninja review number two for today is the September release from Sarah Belle, Miss Spelled. I read this in an afternoon on the Monday post-RWAus conference, and I could not stop smiling when I closed the book on my Kindle.
Here are my thoughts on Miss Spelled:
Well, with a lot of the things that come from the internet (case in point), things don’t turn out as they should for Lou, our heroine, when she dabbles in the magical arts:
“And new at the top of the list is buying a magic spell off the internet in order to erase the memory of me from the mind of my long ago ex-boyfriend.”
Hey, we’ve all got that person in our past that we wish we could erase – Lou, I totally get your reasoning.
I adored this book so hard! Lou’s initial panic and her frantic efforts to right the past make for highly entertaining reading, but the real strength of Miss Spelled is watching Lou trying to backpedal and reconnect with the glorious Aidan, and in turn not to destroy the happiness of the others in her life (what that is, you will have to read to discover). In turns, it is sweet, funny, emotional and always relateable.
Even though you are aware that she has gotten herself into this pickle, I felt for Lou’s situation, and I found myself willing her towards the resolution that she wanted (and deserved).
The supporting characters in Lou’s world are just fantastic – her friendship with Mel is just gorgeous. Aidan could have easily come off as Mr Too-Perfect, but he has a realness and genuine nature about him, and I could definitely see why Lou wanted him in her life. Dear Lord, that Hunter was a complete asshat! The silent and subtle payback that Lou begins to exact will leave you cheering in a less than silent manner.
From the spell gone wrong, to the bovine colostrum, to the very gorgeous end…Miss Spelled left me with a big goofy grin on my face! Loving your work, Sarah Belle.