Recipe for a Charmed Life
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
1w ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings.  Georgia May Jackson has loved cooking her whole life, from the years she remembers as a little girl watching Julia Child with her mother. She’s been training and working in Paris for a decade, and now she is just about to achieve her dream of running her own restaurant there. But the events of just one day may have ruined that dream ..read more
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The Invisible Hour
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
1M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. I actually read about half of this book (I listened to it, to be precise), and just didn’t feel compelled to listen to more. So it’s halfway between a Rapid Rating and a real review. But since I didn’t read the whole thing, we’re just going with Rapid Rating setup here. One June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power o ..read more
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The Scent Keeper
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
1M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. From Goodreads: Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does he ..read more
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A Short Walk Through a Wide World
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
1M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. Nine-year-old Aubry Tourvel is spoiled and picky. When she comes across a peculiar wooden puzzle ball on her way home from school, she doesn’t take it home. But somehow it ends up in her bag anyway. And when her two sisters decide to sacrifice items that mean something to them to an odd well in hopes of making the world better, Aubry takes her ..read more
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The Enchanted Garden Café (South Side Stories, book 1)
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
3M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. Fiona is 25 and close to finishing an MBA. She has a handsome boyfriend who works in finance. For now, she lives with her mother in her late grandmother’s old house in Pittsburgh. On the first floor they run the Enchanted Garden Café. The name comes from the lovely backyard, which features a fountain that her mother insists has magical properti ..read more
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The Book of Love
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
3M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. From Goodreads: Late one night, Laura, Daniel, and Mo find themselves beneath the fluorescent lights of a high school classroom, almost a year after disappearing from their hometown, the small seaside community of Lovesend, Massachusetts, having long been presumed dead. Which, in fact, they are. With them in the room is their previously unremar ..read more
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The Book of Doors
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
4M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. Some excellent recent books have made wonderful use of the fairy tale/fantasy ingredient of opening doorways to other worlds. My favorites are Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway, and Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea. So I couldn’t resist picking up Gareth Brown’s The Book of Doors. Getting ..read more
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Spaceman of Bohemia
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
4M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. From Goodreads: Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country’s first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he’s dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father’s sins as a Communist informer ..read more
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The Fortunes of Jaded Women
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Cathy Carmode Lim
7M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. The Duong sisters have been cursed for generations: to not find love and to bear only daughters. And everyone in Orange County’s Little Saigon knows about their plight. They also know that the three 60-something sisters Mai, Minh and Khuyen haven’t spoken in a decade. Mai is divorced and worries about her own three daughters, all single but ver ..read more
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Once There Was
Rated Reads » Magical Realism
by Meaghan Ward
7M ago
This review contains affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you click and purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to continue providing you a reliable resource for clean book ratings. Once was, once wasn’t. Marjan’s father has always started his stories with these words — stories of a girl who sprung a unicorn from a hunter’s snare, or a nomad boy who rescued a baby griffin. They were tales of extraordinary beasts that used to fill her with curiosity and wonder, but Marjan isn’t a little girl anymore. In the wake of her fath ..read more
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