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Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply.
New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women - some possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performance - find work as mediums.
Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair. At their humble tea shop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn.
When 17-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply", she has little indication of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts - ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them.
©2017 Ami McKay (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Kendra C on 11-02-17

Lyrical and Alluring

In full disclosure, this was the first time I have ever listened to a novel instead of read it. I thought I’d enjoy it during my 45-minute commute each morning and evening and was looking forward to the 14.5 hours I wouldn’t need to find something to fill the time. The problem is, I loved the story so much I couldn’t put the book down and I finished it MUCH sooner than planned. Not a horrible problem to have! LOL The other note about listening instead of reading (on my Kindle) is I missed the ability to highlight specific/favorite words and phrases.

I read in a book review that the “book is beautifully formatted, with lots of drawings throughout and pictures of old newspaper clippings inserted between the chapters.” Unfortunately, I missed all of that too because of listening to the Audible version. BUT, I absolutely loved listening to Julia Whelan’s inflection and many voices…I will definitely seek out other novels narrated by her.

Overall, I thought the story flowed and is very lyrical, alluring, delicious, and wickedly fun. I was engaged from the start and, as I mentioned above, I didn’t want to put it down. The characters are wonderfully detailed. I loved the tidbits of information sprinkled unexpectedly throughout the story; those bits of details sometimes felt out of place but then, brought to the surface later, are why the time period and individual characters are so well developed and the story so enduring.

Love it and recommend it!!

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By Amazon Customer on 07-25-17

Pagans, this book is for you.

This book was exactly what I was hoping for. Great imagery, great characters. The story wasn't too heavy, without being paper thin. The author obviously did a great deal of research and applied it to the story wonderfully. I don't want to blather on all day. If you enjoyes practical magic (book or film) you'll like this.

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