Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Women's Fiction, Romance
Publisher~ Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine
Published~ February 9, 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
For fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Adriana Trigiani, "The Witches of Cambridge" reveals an astonishing world where the heart s deepest secrets give way to the magic of life-changing love. 
"Be careful what you wish for. If you re a witch, you might just get it." 
Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It s a secret she can share only with her friends all professors, all witches when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa s power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost. 
Noa s not the only witch in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone s heart. Her sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat s crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle. 
As romance and longing swirl through every picturesque side street, the witches of Cambridge find their lives unexpectedly upended and changed in ways sometimes extraordinary, sometimes heartbreaking, but always enchanting. 

My Thoughts
When I started reading this book it reminded me of another story, in writing style, not content.  So I paused and researched the author which I normally do after I finish the book, and yup I had read another book from MVP and loved it. The premise of something otherworldly or mystical is also in this book, but it is found in the form of witches.  We have good magic and less kind magic on display in this story.  I enjoyed how the different witches found each other and how they all had a different type of ability.  The relationships and emotions that each experience were so rich and ripe with detail.  I honestly do not have a favorite character...I think I am torn between Noa and Amandine..but maybe it is Kat..ahh I don't know they were all so good.  And can I say I did not see George's secret coming...nope not at all.  This story is beautifully written and masterfully executed.  I love how they each had their own story, but because of the magical tie they all wove together to bring about a very surprising ending.  I sat down to read a few chapters and read the entire book in one setting.  MVP is a fantastic author who has a gift of creating adventures, characters and worlds that I disappear in when I am reading.

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Disclaimer~ I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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