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Let me start by saying that this book isn't supernatural in nature at all. This isn't about witches or magic or anything dark. If anyone has seen the hallmark series "the good witch," it's similar in nature. There isn't any direct "magic" or anything but more of a tongue in cheek hint that the main character has some special talents. Don't be swayed away by thinking its a witchy or supernatural theme, because it's not.
I love Ellery Adams as an author, and this is book is up there with her "books by the bay" series in terms of character development and plot development. The writing is so well done that you get teleported into this world with Ella May & her aunts. The narration was very engrossing & Cooney does a great job of pulling the listener in & pouring her heart into each character. I'm looking forward to continuing this series.
I only have one complaint & its a frustrating thing about the narration that drove me a bit nuts. The main characters name is Ella-May, but the narrator often pronounced it as "allah-may" or some variation of that with a southern drawl. That in itself isn't a problem, it's the fact that one of the aunts are named Adalane, which was often pronounced "adah-lay." When the two of these characters were in one scene it's nearly impossible to tell who is talking as the narrator speaks quickly & sounds them out with a southern drawl and both their names come out sounding almost identical. Maybe it's just a pet peeve but I had to re listen to a few scenes to understand & it was really frustrating.
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It's a shame when a good-enough book gets a bad narrator. This book is a little overwritten with a sophomoric use of adjectives, but if you like magical mystery cozies, it's a fine read and a good start to a series. But the narrator gets in the way. It's clear that Cooney is unfamiliar with many of the words, and as a consequence she mispronounces them. Her accents are horrible, which is less her fault than it is the fault of the producer for hiring her. I finished the book but I won't be coming back to the series. It's the narrator who killed this series.
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