A Spoonful of Magic
A delightful new urban fantasy about a kitchen witch and her magical family Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Deschants has an ideal suburban life--three wonderful and talented children; a coffee shop and bakery, owned and run with her best friend; a nearly perfect husband, Gabriel, or "G" to his friends and family. Life could hardly be better.But G's perfection hides dangerous secrets. When Daffy uncovers evidence of his infidelity, her perfect life seems to be in ruins. On their wedding anniversary, Daffy prepares to confront him, only to be stopped in her tracks when he foils a mugging attempt using wizard-level magic.Suddenly, Daphne is part of a world she never imagined--where her husband is not a traveling troubleshooter for a software company, but the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards, and her brilliant children are also budding magicians. Even she herself is not just a great baker and barista--she's actually a kitchen witch. And her discovery of her powers is only just beginnning.But even the midst of her chaotic new life, another problem is brewing. G's ex-wife, a dangerous witch, has escaped from her magical prison. Revenge-bent and blind, she needs the eyes of her son to restore her sight--the son Daffy has raised as her own since he was a year old. Now Daphne must find a way to harness her new powers and protect her family--or risk losing everything she holds dear.

A Spoonful of Magic Details

TitleA Spoonful of Magic
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherDaw Books
ISBN-139780756412913
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Did Not Finish, Paranormal, Witches, Magic, Paranormal Urban Fantasy

A Spoonful of Magic Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Deschants has just found out that after thirteen years of marriage her husband, "G", is a lying cheat and she's determined to kick him to the curb. Daffy knows that she and her three children should be just fine since she has her coffee shop she runs with her best friend but when Daffy confronts G to end things she finds out he has even more secrets that he's been hiding. Just after their dinner and discussion about his cheating ways they are confronted by a robber th Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Deschants has just found out that after thirteen years of marriage her husband, "G", is a lying cheat and she's determined to kick him to the curb. Daffy knows that she and her three children should be just fine since she has her coffee shop she runs with her best friend but when Daffy confronts G to end things she finds out he has even more secrets that he's been hiding. Just after their dinner and discussion about his cheating ways they are confronted by a robber that G stops with his magic wand and Daffy comes to realize G is a wizard. Even though Daffy is determined to send G packing things aren't always that simple when you have children together. Just as G is out of the house Daffy finds she needs his help with the kids when they all seem to start showing signs of coming into powers of their own. And just when Daffy thinks she is the only one in the family that is normal it becomes apparent she is a kitchen witch herself. But to make matters worse for this family more of Gs secrets come into play when it's found that his past is catching up with them and they are in danger. A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford is an urban fantasy read bringing witches and wizards into an everyday world for this family that once seemed relatively normal. For me this was another of those books that I just couldn't decide from one minute to the next whether I loved the story or hated it. This is really due to the fact that in my mind reading the synopsis for the book that Daffy would be sending her cheating ex packing but it ends up this poor excuse for a man is a big portion of the book. If you've ever watched a movie or show and covered your eyes during the eeeww parts then that is how I felt when G is involved but you can't cover your eyes while reading. On the plus side though I did like Daffy and her kids and the idea behind the story the author had come up with. This family discovering their magic when all seemed like normal day to day life until then was actually a fun idea. And then to ramp up the action to find there was also danger in this hidden world that had been brewing for years was a great idea. The problem still rested with the cheating hubby with his lame excuse of blaming magic when even the children were doing magic without "needing" sex. I honestly just wish the author had done her story and eliminated the cheating side and I think more readers would love this urban fantasy. In the end for me I decided on 3 stars for this one as parts of it were great. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Daffy’s life implodes from the inside out when she finds out that her husband has been cheating on her when he is supposed to be away on business. He doesn’t even have the career she thought he had. To top it off, his career is as part of a magical policing organization, the International Guild of Wizards. Yes, magic does exist Daffy and it's closer than you think… Because she soon finds out that her entire family, including her children, are magical. If that wasn’t enough to deal with Daffy has Daffy’s life implodes from the inside out when she finds out that her husband has been cheating on her when he is supposed to be away on business. He doesn’t even have the career she thought he had. To top it off, his career is as part of a magical policing organization, the International Guild of Wizards. Yes, magic does exist Daffy and it's closer than you think… Because she soon finds out that her entire family, including her children, are magical. If that wasn’t enough to deal with Daffy has had magic too and her husband knew it but kept her ignorant, never having the opportunity to train, leaving her open to all types of magical mayhem. This is Daffy’s story, the story of self-discovering into a magical world that coincides with everyday life…until you get caught up in a plot of revenge and hate that could rip away everything and everyone she holds dear.The storytelling was amazing, but I did have a bit of a problem with the persistence of infidelity and then relating to the characters after their decisions and nonchalance about the cheating. It made the relationship unbelievable, it was either upsetting enough to break up a marriage or not and it seems it went both ways which didn't work. I was invested in the outcome and truly wanted to know how it would all work out. In the end I give A Spoonful of Magic 4 stars.I received this ARC copy of A Spoonful of Magic from Berkley Publishing Group - DAW. This is my honest and voluntary review. A Spoonful of Magic is set for publication November 7, 2017.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Irene RadfordMass Market Paperback: 352 pagesPublisher: DAW Publication Date: November 7, 2017ISBN-10: 0756412919ISBN-13: 978-0756412913Genre: Humorous Romantic FantasyAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spoonful-Magic...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sp...Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-sp...Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first experience with Irene Radford. Sadly I’m disappointed in what I read. A Spoonful of Magic turned out to be depressing and a major headache .I picked this one up; because I found the cover to be beautiful and the blurb to be intriguing. Even though the blurb mention’s that Daffy’s hubby G has been unfaithful I was hoping it was a misunderstanding and not true, especially since G’s a Sheriff for the International Guild of Wizard’s. Sadly it didn’t turn out that way.G is a cheate This is my first experience with Irene Radford. Sadly I’m disappointed in what I read. A Spoonful of Magic turned out to be depressing and a major headache .I picked this one up; because I found the cover to be beautiful and the blurb to be intriguing. Even though the blurb mention’s that Daffy’s hubby G has been unfaithful I was hoping it was a misunderstanding and not true, especially since G’s a Sheriff for the International Guild of Wizard’s. Sadly it didn’t turn out that way.G is a cheater. As soon as it was true and came to light I should have DNF’d this book, but nope I kept going. I new I should have stoped, but their was something that compiled me to finish. Maybe I was hoping for a turn around, I just don’t know. Cheater’s are a no no for me. That scenario is one I don’t like to read about, one that bothers me greatly. Their is no excuses for cheating. Non. So why does he cheat on his wife? Well it’s his magic. When he uses a lot of magic he ends up having to much pent up energy and the only way to get ride of it is to have sex. Since he’s out being sheriff of his territory and never home or near his wife, he sleeps with other women (one night stands). This set up for the magic is wrong. What was even more unfortunate is that G, Daffy’s X-Hubby had no remorse about what he did to his wife, doesn’t change his way, and continues to lie, cheat, and manipulate throughout the story. As for G and Daffy I never felt the love from G, but Daffy she loved him. G picked Daffy up to be a mom to his son and used his wife as a nanny. It was sad how G treated his wife, whom you can clearly see loved him deeply. He kept secrets lots of them, doesn't talk to his wife now and then, nor does he tell her the truth, and when he does it's not the whole story. As for Daffy she has magical powers, but they have been layton until now. She also doesn't have the sexual urge like her X until they do a major power spell, but even then she doesn't give in and finds other ways to work off the excess energy. To wrap things up A Spoonful of Magic showed some promise with the plot that was fascinating at times, the lesser characters where appealing, but ultimately the unorthodox morality Radford created in her magical world was just to hard for me to consume. *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Berkley Publishing via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne Deschants life seems perfect, she has a successful bakery business, three children she adores and a successful and gorgeous husband. However, things start to fall apart when she discovers that he has been cheating on her...and that isn't the only thing that he is hiding from her. He isn't the software wizard she thought he was, he is in fact a wizard and more than that he's head of magical law enforcement and now the danger he faces at work looks like it has followed him home putting him Daphne Deschants life seems perfect, she has a successful bakery business, three children she adores and a successful and gorgeous husband. However, things start to fall apart when she discovers that he has been cheating on her...and that isn't the only thing that he is hiding from her. He isn't the software wizard she thought he was, he is in fact a wizard and more than that he's head of magical law enforcement and now the danger he faces at work looks like it has followed him home putting him and his whole family in danger.Gosh, but I really disliked this book. I didn't want to as there were some aspects, such as the world that Radford has set her story in that I really liked. I have always found magic fascinating and I liked the way it had been set up, however, there was one huge glaring thing that I absolutely hated about this book and it drove me crazy throughout the whole thing: G, the cheating husband.Now, I know people are more than just one thing and just because a person cheats that doesn't make them evil. And G wasn't evil, he was just an absolute freaking arsehole, let me give you a list of the two main reasons I couldn't stand him:He basically bespelled Daffy when she was in college to fall in love with him so she would marry him. This wasn't because he loved her...it was because he needed someone to take care of his young child and look after his house. If he hadn't used magic and instead used drugs I believe we might be straying into the "rape" category, don't ya think?The cheating. Now, he didn't just make a mistake once and he's really remorseful and wants to try and win Daffy back because he knows what he did was wrong. Nope, apparently magic makes you horny once you've finished using it. So, when he was away he would just randomly fuck people to get rid of the his magical boner. And, in fact he does this in a few time in the duration of this book as well. Is he sorry? Nope. Does he ever apologise. Nope. My impression was that if they got back together that this would just continue and she would just have to deal with it. What. A. Dick.But, it wasn't just G that bothered me, although for the most part the more I learnt about G the more wound up I got, it was the weird way G and Daffy treated their kids, all of whose ages ranged from 8-15. They just randomly put them in danger. Face off with the big bad...lets bring the kids so we can use their power. It was just so weird for the normally protective and loving mother to put them in such blatant danger. G I could understand because he is a selfish bastard and seems to view things through the lens of how he could use them.So, it's safe to say I won't be continuing on with this series, nearly everything in it annoyed the hell out of me, from the characters to the story line - but mainly the characters.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Anya
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this husband is an asshole! I can't appreciate the magic with such a horrible guy in the picture.
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank Berkeley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. Synopsis: Daphne”Daffy” has what most would call the good life. She lives in Suburbia and has 3 awesome kids. She owns a coffeehouse and bakery with best friend and husband Gabriel, also known as “G”. To everyone on the outside life couldn’t get much better but little do they know that this picture perfect family are amiss secrets.Daffy’s life su I want to thank Berkeley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. Synopsis: Daphne”Daffy” has what most would call the good life. She lives in Suburbia and has 3 awesome kids. She owns a coffeehouse and bakery with best friend and husband Gabriel, also known as “G”. To everyone on the outside life couldn’t get much better but little do they know that this picture perfect family are amiss secrets.Daffy’s life suddenly goes downhill when she discovers proof that her husband is cheating on her. She decides to face him on their wedding anniversary but is completely thrown off guard when he uses some crazy wizard-level magic. Things seem unreal to Daphne as she discovers her husband is the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards and her kids are also magicians.When Daffy feels life couldn’t get any more insane she couldn’t be more wrong. G’s ex wife who is a crazy and dangerous witch, has escaped from prison. The ex wife is set on seeking revenge from the past. Daphne is faced with having to save herself and her family. Will Daphne bring order to all this new founded chaos?Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 magical stars. I really enjoyed the storytelling and was captivated by the magic. I loved Daphne and the children’s characters but was very conflicted on how I felt about G. I thoroughly enjoyed this story but felt they focused on the infidelity a tad too much. Overall I am glad I read this story.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book that I should have not wasted time on... but I received an ARC from Netgalley and I felt an obligation to read it before I started trash-talking.Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Deschants finds out on her 13th wedding anniversary that her husband is a wizard, that her three children also have magic and she herself has magical potential. And her husband routinely cheats on her... plus his first ex-wife is not dead, she was in magical prison and now she's escaped.Why I started this book: This is a book that I should have not wasted time on... but I received an ARC from Netgalley and I felt an obligation to read it before I started trash-talking.Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Deschants finds out on her 13th wedding anniversary that her husband is a wizard, that her three children also have magic and she herself has magical potential. And her husband routinely cheats on her... plus his first ex-wife is not dead, she was in magical prison and now she's escaped.Why I started this book: Awesome cover and a great set up. I wanted to find a new strong female paranormal character, and a mother main character could have been awesome! Struggling to balance carpools and kicking butt. Epic.Why I finished it: Guilt. There were so many times and places that I should have stopped. When Daffy learned that her whole marriage was magically-manipulated by her ex, and then she shrugs and asks him to watch the kids. Or when he repeatedly keeps manipulating her, and she stands up by telling him later, first I'm making you lunch. Or how, when the reader is getting "G" point of view... it's all about how she's still his wife, but since they are on the outs, he can sleep with anyone. But the showstopper was that her son's best friend and their neighbor, gets sucked into the posse of the wicked witch and instead of fighting to reclaim and rescue the boy, Daffy is like well it just goes to show when you parents are ultra-conservative religious nuts, of course their son will turn out like that. Serves them right. EEK!! Run away.
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  • Krysta
    January 1, 1970
    A Spoonful of Magic is a disappointing read. The poofs of magic are more easily understood than the main characters and far more likable. The story showed some promise with a plot that was at times intriguing and some interesting lesser characters but ultimately the bizarre choices Radford has made about morality in her magical world are just too hard to swallow.I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janet Robel
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute! Daphne and her family are a magical bunch. The children are just coming into their magical abilities and need their father's help. Their father, known mostly as G, is from a long line of magic users. When an enemy threatens, they must all be prepared and Daphne better be ready. Magical Brews is the shop where Daffy creates magic in the kitchen. This is a light paranormal that's fun to read. These are good characters, and even the children have a major role in here that is essential t Super cute! Daphne and her family are a magical bunch. The children are just coming into their magical abilities and need their father's help. Their father, known mostly as G, is from a long line of magic users. When an enemy threatens, they must all be prepared and Daphne better be ready. Magical Brews is the shop where Daffy creates magic in the kitchen. This is a light paranormal that's fun to read. These are good characters, and even the children have a major role in here that is essential to the plot. The husband and wife dynamic is unconventional. I won't give anything away on that. Daffy is great, and I wish I could try one of her melt-in-your-mouth pastries. You can almost taste them! A pleasurable treat that focuses on this family and has a Halloween backdrop. I think fans of cozies will like this while sipping their favorite fall drink.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I have read almost half of this book, and I am not connecting with the characters. Furthermore, I was hoping that the husband caught cheating was a misunderstanding, but nope, he lies and continues to cheat. I can’t get behind a character who lets down his wife and kids. I think it is best for me to part ways with this one.
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  • Ronda
    January 1, 1970
    I simply could not finish this one. I want to like the characters I spend time with in books and simply could not like G or Daffy. I have no tolerance for cheats and liars and people whose egos allow them to justify whatever hurt they cause as unimportant. I think the story has potential, but without some serious rewriting, this one just isn't for me.
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  • Lauren loves llamas
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up because the cover is gorgeous and the blurb sounded really fascinating. Soccer mom urban fantasy? YES, PLEASE! There’s so many UFs with hot young single things who end up in relationships with various paranormal creatures - and don’t get me wrong, I love those books as much as anyone - but the prospect of an older mom with a long-term relationship as the heroine sounded so fresh and unusual to me. Of course, I had assumed that the allegations of infidelity would turn out to I picked this book up because the cover is gorgeous and the blurb sounded really fascinating. Soccer mom urban fantasy? YES, PLEASE! There’s so many UFs with hot young single things who end up in relationships with various paranormal creatures - and don’t get me wrong, I love those books as much as anyone - but the prospect of an older mom with a long-term relationship as the heroine sounded so fresh and unusual to me. Of course, I had assumed that the allegations of infidelity would turn out to be untrue. But, oh, I was so wrong. Not only has G (what the heck, dude, you’re a freaking glorified policeman, not a celebrity) cheated on his wife repeatedly over their thirteen years of marriage, but he’s completely unrepentant about it. Oh, and also, he’s a wizard, he actually works for a global wizard law enforcement organization instead of a software company, and the kids will probably start manifesting their magic soon which might make them act basically insane. Needless to say, Daffy is pretty upset that he’s been lying to her for the entire thirteen years they’ve been married, kicks him out, and files for divorce.There were several enjoyable things about this book. I loved the kids and watching them manifest their magic. I found the explanation of wands, and how a magician finds them, especially interesting, though a lot of the rest of the magic system seemed hazy and unexplained. I loved reading about the intersection of the mundane and magical - Daffy worrying about how to get the kids to their various activities and also giving them enough time to do homework and practice their magic. I liked her interactions with her friend, Gayle, and also the start of a new romance with a fellow dance parent. I also liked the villain and the plot revolving around her.But then there’s G. As far as I can tell, G is basically irredeemable as a human being. At one point, G admits that he didn’t love Daffy when he married her and basically was using her as an unpaid nanny for his kid from his first marriage. Oh, and a convenient sex outlet, because, apparently, after you work “major magic,” you end up with “needs” that can only be fulfilled by, well, sex. But what really upsets me is the endless lying he does in order to “protect” Daffy and the kids. At one point towards the end of the book, G apparently has finally realized what he’s done wrong:"He’d blown this trust thing with Daffy. He needed to earn it back and make sure he never did anything to lose the trust of any of his children. Ever.”Unfortunately, he thinks this while he’s supposedly taking their 10-year-old daughter out for ice cream, but is instead using her to magically search a dangerous criminal’s house. And that is the whole problem with G. He seems incapable of actually telling Daffy the truth and he continuously puts the kids in harm’s way.Overall, an interesting premise, but it's hard to get past G's infidelity and disrespect.I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    I am not too enamored with the two main characters. It is bits like that make it hard for me continue with A Spoonful of Magic, though the story line has great promise. And yes, I did finish it.Read the rest of the review at http://www.ismellsheep.com/2017/11/bo...
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  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    I liked Daffy and her kids and their parts of this urban fantasy. I thought the world building was inconsistent. There were some magic parts I didn't care for and G's ethics and cavalier attitude about his marriage, wife and family were a turn off.I received an electronic review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    I've been reading a ton of urban fantasy lately so when I read the summary for A Spoonful of Magic, I was so excited about what sounded like an intriguing new book. Unfortunately, the infidelity aspect of this book was extremely off-putting. I almost quit reading multiple times but kept convincing myself that it would get better. Spoiler alert- it didn't. However, if all the aspects of the book dealing with her husband's infidelity were cut, I think this would have been an excellent read. It's t I've been reading a ton of urban fantasy lately so when I read the summary for A Spoonful of Magic, I was so excited about what sounded like an intriguing new book. Unfortunately, the infidelity aspect of this book was extremely off-putting. I almost quit reading multiple times but kept convincing myself that it would get better. Spoiler alert- it didn't. However, if all the aspects of the book dealing with her husband's infidelity were cut, I think this would have been an excellent read. It's the story of a family discovering their magic and banding together to protect one of their own.On her own, Daffy was an interesting character and I felt as if she grew a lot over the course of the book. She was practical, level-headed, and smart. I loved how her struggle to balance her work with her family obligations was included in the novel. Her discovery of magic alternated between touching and hilarious. I also loved her relationship with her children, it felt so realistic to me. The plot was relatively engaging, slowly ramping up to the final showdown with her husband's evil ex-wife.Although I enjoyed some aspects of the book, there were also multiple aspects that gave me pause. The first was the concept that working magic led to uncontrollable hormonal urges. But only in adults. After working magic, the children were just left tired. Daffy's relationship with G, her husband, was horrid. I felt as if every scene they had together was unrealistic. He also continually kept seeking out other women throughout the novel, never seemed at all repentant, and treated her horribly. And yet she let him worm  back into her life, never calling him out on his misdeeds.Additionally, their kid's reactions were absolutely absurd. A few days after seeing graphic pictures of their dad cheating on their mom, they're treating him normally again and acting as if nothing happened. Yeah, sure that would happen. Most of the other side characters felt one-dimensional and I didn't really care about any of them. The villain felt very one-dimensional and unbelievable. The ending also felt like a hot mess, I think it needed to expanded and developed significantly more.A Spoonful of Magic had a lot of promise but the author's odd choices about morality ultimately made this one an extremely disappointing read. I would not recommend this one. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford is set in Eugene, Oregon. Daphne “Daffy” Deschants has been married to Gabriel “G” Deschants for thirteen years and they have three children. She thought they had a great relationship until she receives photos of him in bed with another woman. Daffy is ready to confront him about his infidelity, when they are mugged. G handles the robbers with magic and Daffy learns that her husband is a wizard. Daffy is shocked to learn that G is the sheriff for Guild of Mas A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford is set in Eugene, Oregon. Daphne “Daffy” Deschants has been married to Gabriel “G” Deschants for thirteen years and they have three children. She thought they had a great relationship until she receives photos of him in bed with another woman. Daffy is ready to confront him about his infidelity, when they are mugged. G handles the robbers with magic and Daffy learns that her husband is a wizard. Daffy is shocked to learn that G is the sheriff for Guild of Master Wizards and her children may also have magical gifts. Daffy makes G move out of the house and then chaos ensues when her children’s magic starts bursting forth—Daffy quickly discovers that they are not the only ones in the house with talents. To make things even more chaotic, G’s ex-wife—D’Accore (that Daffy thought was dead) has escaped from prison and is seeking Jason’s (her biological son that Daffy adopted) eyes for her own blinded ones. The family will need to band together utilizing their magical gifts to defeat this menacing foe. A Spoonful of Magic was not what I expected. At times it felt like a young adult story. If the author had left out the parts about sex and infidelity, it would have fit into that genre nicely. The book really did not need this element. A Spoonful of Magic has one crazy antic after another (mostly involving the children who run amok after discovering their powers—all of them at the same time). I found many details repeated throughout the book. I never felt the suspense in the story with D’Accore coming after the family. It missed the mark. The book was too long and lacked a nice snappy pace. I ended up skimming through the dull sections to get to the end of the book. I was not taken with the main characters especially G. He uses people to achieve his goals for work and home. The characters lacked depth and development. They all felt flat. There were also contradictions. Children upset with their father cheating on their mother, and then they soon forgive him. G lied about many things over the years, but he felt it was justifiable. I did like the part about how wizard’s pick their wands. I found it an interesting tidbit. A Spoonful of Magic felt more like a rough draft than a finished manuscript.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This book begins with a confrontation between a woman and a cheating husband. Daffy has been married to G for fourteen years and has adopted his son and had two children of her own with him. A "concerned" neighbor has emailed her photos of G with another woman and in their hometown of Eugene, Oregon, when he told her that he was out of town. G has been keeping secrets from her for their whole marriage. The biggest is that he is the Sheriff for an association of wizards.Eugene has lots of eccentr This book begins with a confrontation between a woman and a cheating husband. Daffy has been married to G for fourteen years and has adopted his son and had two children of her own with him. A "concerned" neighbor has emailed her photos of G with another woman and in their hometown of Eugene, Oregon, when he told her that he was out of town. G has been keeping secrets from her for their whole marriage. The biggest is that he is the Sheriff for an association of wizards.Eugene has lots of eccentrics, many of whom believe in magic, which makes it a great city for those with real magic to hide. Now, a criminal that G thought was in a magical, escape-proof prison, has escaped and is targeting G's son Jason. It turns out that his first wife didn't die in childbirth but went insane with her magic and murdered many before being imprisoned and having her magic stripped from her.G doesn't want to share this information with Daffy though he does tell her to watch the children closely. These children are all developing their own magical gifts. Jason, a gifted dancer, is also developing telekenesis. Belle is blooming from her middle school ugly duckling phase into a siren. And the youngest, ten-year-old Shara has never met a puzzle that she can't solve.Daffy has a wonderful gift for baking and preparing herbal remedies but she has never considered herself as having magic. Raised by parents with a very restrictive religious faith caused her to repress her gifts. But now, after living with G and being surrounded by his magic and the children's magic, her gift is finally showing up.I liked the magical belief system in this book. I liked the strong relationship Daffy has with her children. I disliked G's lack of marital fidelity and could understand why Daffy divorced him. I liked the thriller part of the story as G has to track down his ex-wife before she manages to kidnap Jason. I liked that Daffy was beginning to find out who she was outside of her relationship with G.This was a nice start to a new urban fantasy series.
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  • Glennis
    January 1, 1970
    On her 13th wedding anniversary she drops the bombshell that she wants a divorce, thanks to her husband’s infidelity and lies about his constant work travel. As she leaves the restaurant she then finds out that her husband is a wizard and the company is a front for a council he works for as a sheriff. As the story unfolds G, the cheating husband can’t stand to part with information that might have helped his family come to understand that they have magic and might be in danger from something he On her 13th wedding anniversary she drops the bombshell that she wants a divorce, thanks to her husband’s infidelity and lies about his constant work travel. As she leaves the restaurant she then finds out that her husband is a wizard and the company is a front for a council he works for as a sheriff. As the story unfolds G, the cheating husband can’t stand to part with information that might have helped his family come to understand that they have magic and might be in danger from something he is working on and his past. Daffy works hard at trying to keep a normal life for the kids even as she and them find out they have magic and their father can do the same. So much of the plot of the book would be brushed aside if the characters could bother to share info. G about his first wife not being dead and how and why she is on the rampage. The council for destroying the info of how his first wife escaped jail and hiding that fact from him until he realizes she is the killer he is tracking. The kids that even after being told they have magic and start exploring their powers they still don’t tell the each other or their parents when something odd magical happens around them. The characters are flawed and there isn’t a happily ever after at the end and there is room for more stories in the series. But I do want to see more in this setting to see how they are all going to grow up and that includes both parents in this story. Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a series, I believe. Daffy finds out her husband is cheating on her almost at the same time she finds out he has a lot more magic than she realized. Following soon on those revelations are that she is a kitchen witch, and oh, yeah, her husband’s ex-wife is on a mission to get her sight back after being is prison. And, the only way she can do that is to get G’s son’s eyes, someone Daffy has raised like her own son. Now might be a good time to whip up a batch of brownies This is the first book in a series, I believe. Daffy finds out her husband is cheating on her almost at the same time she finds out he has a lot more magic than she realized. Following soon on those revelations are that she is a kitchen witch, and oh, yeah, her husband’s ex-wife is on a mission to get her sight back after being is prison. And, the only way she can do that is to get G’s son’s eyes, someone Daffy has raised like her own son. Now might be a good time to whip up a batch of brownies and then go after the witch! This story started very well. The characters were fun, it had a good plot, and the writing was great. However, I have to admit, like a lot of reviews I read, G’s attitude really, really turned me off. I have read books where one of the characters has committed infidelity, but G really didn’t seem bothered about it, and he didn’t even try to stop or find other ways around his “affliction.” It got the point where I was so focused on him and his antics, I lost my way with the book. I think this writer and book have lots of potential, and quite frankly this book could be a 5-star, but G either really has to be completely replaced or have some major attitude changes. If you don’t mind that type of character, I think you will love this book. I did like it because I saw some good things, but I am still a little hesitant. 3 ½ stars. Thanks to the author for the e-copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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  • Henry Lazarus
    January 1, 1970
    Dafne Rose Wallace , Daffy to friends is a baker and a mother of three children. Her husband Gabrial Or G was constantly traveling for business for most of their thirteen years of marriage so she has had to handle her daughters and G’sorphaned son from his previous marriage. The town of Eugene Oregon is scandalized when G is discovered with another woman and that leads Daffy to divorce. Then her husband confronts potential muggers with a magic wand. It turns out that he’s the sheriff for the int Dafne Rose Wallace , Daffy to friends is a baker and a mother of three children. Her husband Gabrial Or G was constantly traveling for business for most of their thirteen years of marriage so she has had to handle her daughters and G’sorphaned son from his previous marriage. The town of Eugene Oregon is scandalized when G is discovered with another woman and that leads Daffy to divorce. Then her husband confronts potential muggers with a magic wand. It turns out that he’s the sheriff for the international Guild of Wizards and that her children are developing powers. Not only that by G’s ex had been imprisoned in a dungeon and has been killing wizards around to world to steal their powers. Now she’s coming for her son’s eyes to restore her vision. Luckily Daffy has A Spoonful of Magic (paper from DAW) to help in the fight. Irene Radford tells a pleasant tale of coping not only with an evil wizard, but also with a local church that has decided Daffy is a witch. Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press
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  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    January 1, 1970
    There is magic in the world and Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Descants is about to not only find out but be thrust into the middle of a very dangerous situation. Daffy is the central character in this story. She has always been very good at baking, in fact people call her creations magic. Turns out they are right. I liked how the story started with Daffy finding her husband has not been faithful. From there new characters are added, danger builds and Daffy grows into a very different person. The m There is magic in the world and Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Descants is about to not only find out but be thrust into the middle of a very dangerous situation. Daffy is the central character in this story. She has always been very good at baking, in fact people call her creations magic. Turns out they are right. I liked how the story started with Daffy finding her husband has not been faithful. From there new characters are added, danger builds and Daffy grows into a very different person. The main danger is solved, a different world full of magic is built and the backstory for the main characters is revealed. A fun start to a new series.I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I was intrigued with the premise of this book. I was a little disappointed in how the story played out. I'm not sure what I expected but it was just a little looser in truth and trust than I though would show in a 13 year marriage. I'm guessing there will be a book 2 since the ending was less than satisfying. Irene Radford has a large number of titles listed on Goodreads but this is the first book of her's that I've read.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    I've read other books by this author and while much different than the her other ones, I enjoyed this one very much. Some of the characters are not so nice, but I look forward to more in this series to see how the kids and Daffy grow.I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sharon Barrett
    January 1, 1970
    Good StartSometimes the main characters seem a bit contradictory, but the story flows well. A potential romantic interest pales in comparison to a philandering spouse. But overall a good start and nice read.
  • Barbara Sanders
    January 1, 1970
    I sure hope this is part of a seriesWell written, properly edited. I hope this is the beginning of a nice long series, as I’d like to see G & Daffy progress, as well as each of their children get their own focused story.
  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I reviewed this for RT Book Reviews be sure to check out my review there
  • Catherine Estrada
    January 1, 1970
    Stopped at 19% - this book is in desperate need of a dialog edit. I know I would enjoy this if I could just stay in the story, but the stilted language keeps throwing me.
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