Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.
Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch.
She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.
Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.
On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.
For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.
The genre of which these authors write in is not one I would normally go for. Having read and fell in love with Clovenhoof though, I have become a bit of a fan of their books as they take me well out of my comfort zone and make me have a very good time whilst there.
A Spell in the Country is a book that can be enjoyed by most age groups. You have very different characters, or in this instance witches, that could be a little bit of any of us. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m quite a goody two shoes myself but I have to say Jenny was the one I was drawn to the most. Saying that though it could be because of her imp, Jizzimus.
Jizzimus is a fabulous character. You really have to read it for this devilish imp alone as it’s all very tongue in cheek and will certainly put a smile on your face, probably for all the wrong reasons but you will smile never the less!
The course that the characters find themselves on turns out to be a little different to what each of them imagined. You know how the saying goes? Anything to good to be true, probably is. Well I guess this is what all of the witches should have really thought about before signing up. Sign up they did though and what entails from then on turns into a fun and entertaining read.
A Spell in the Country is a fun filled read that you won’t want to miss! If like me it is a bit out of your comfort zone then I really urge you to read it, you won’t be disappointed.
My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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Author Bio –
Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of seven novels, two short story collections and a novella.
The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company. Their latest novel, Oddjobs 2: this time it’s personnel, was published in August 2017.
Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.
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