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A Little Magic

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Synopsis

Nine years to fall in love. Eight nights to learn the truth. One chance to rewrite the past.

Ellie Klein fled Vermont after graduating high school, and she hasn’t been back since. Not to see her overbearing parents nor her distant brother, not even to visit her temperamental cat and beloved dog. And most importantly, she hasn’t been back to see Theo Fox. Her first love and brother’s best friend has been but a distant and painful memory for the last seven years.

When Ellie’s travel site lands her back where it all began, her goal is to get in and out without seeing anyone from before. But life has other plans when she’s caught in a blizzard that leaves her seeking refuge in a cabin owned by none other than the infamous Theo.

Theo Fox has been winning collegiate hockey and NHL championships since Ellie disappeared, but all he really wants is a second chance with the woman he can’t stop loving. When she shows up unannounced in Vermont, he’s determined to find out why she left and never returned. And if he has a little magic on his side, how to get her back.

Told over the course of nine Christmas Eves and eight nights of Hanukkah, A Little Magic is a cozy, nostalgic story of young love, finding your voice, and the complexities of what it means to be a family.

Synopsis source: Goodreads

Review

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
HB&W Rating: 5
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If you’re looking for a romantic holiday read reminiscent of a Hallmark movie, this is sure to hit the spot!

This was such a great read! I was getting a lighter variation of Meet Me at the Lake vibes if it were a holiday book. There were so many things to love about this book! Things I loved:

  • Childhood friends to lovers
  • Brother’s best friend
  • Second chance romance
  • Chronic illness rep
  • Dual POV
  • Women in STEM rep
  • Hockey player hero
  • Found family
  • All the holidays – Hanukkah, Christmas, birthdays, and New Years
  • Small town – and there’s a holiday village!
  • Animal trivia – a fluffle of rabbits!!
  • And a touch of Hanukkah magic!

I loved the chronic illness rep and how this story really explored how chronic illness affects not just the afflicted person but those around them as well. It was a wonderful character exploration and incredibly insightful, and I’m so grateful for books like this.

I loved the author’s writing style, setting, characters, and story. The romance was swoon-worthy – flirty, sweet, romantic, and a couple steamy scenes. Theo is such a great book boyfriend, kind, loyal, considerate and a total hottie.

If I had to pick at something, it’s that the entire conflict could have been resolved by a single conversation. I’d have thought Ellie would have given Theo a chance to explain, but I let this go for two reasons: one, it’s believable because Ellie is an extremely sheltered, naïve teenager with self-image issues, and two because you have to suspend a certain amount of logic for books like this. It’s meant to be fun, not picked apart. Plus, the resolution was perfect, so five stars from me!

I’m excited to see that this is a series and I hope to see more of these characters! Such a great heartwarming, holiday read. I can’t wait to read her first book, Speechless, next!

Until next time,

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