Mini-Review: The Hocus Pocus Magic Shop by Abigail Drake

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When chemist Grace O’Leary finds a book of magic spells hidden in her Aunt Lucy’s run-down magic shop, the scientist in her itches to try them out. She mixes up a batch of love potions as a joke, and has to face the consequences when they actually seem to work.Her dream of becoming a professor is in peril, and time is running out to finish research for her dissertation. She can’t handle any more distractions, but the magic shop is on the verge of closing, her aunt has become forgetful and confused, and a handsome reporter named Dario Fontana keeps sniffing around for a story. The last thing she needs is for him to find out about the love potions and expose her as fraud, but she begins to trust him, and the sizzling chemistry between them is soon too powerful to deny. With her personal and professional life in chaos, and her budding relationship with Dario in jeopardy, Grace is faced with a difficult choice. Fixing what is broken means going against every logical bone in her body. Can Grace learn to silence her scientific brain long enough to accept the truth about magic…and also about herself?
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Source: NetGalley          Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line: While I generally liked this book and would ultimately recommend it to others, there are a few things I would caution future readers about.  This is a loooooong book (450+ pages!) and I found some of the material to be repetitive and/or extraneous.  One more good edit could and would eliminate some of the extra and/or repetitive bits making this a more streamlined, efficient, and enjoyable read.  Now for the positive: Grace is lovely, her grandmother is a riot, the magic shop is a wonderful setting, the spirit of community within the neighborhood is delightful, and the plot is interesting.  I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot and how the community as a whole came together to support and help one another through such a dangerous and scary time.  There are a lot of big personalities in this book and most of them came shining through as wonderful individuals with their own cares, worries, and concerns.  I truly believe if some of the “extras” were taken out of this book, I would have most certainly been able to assign a far higher star rating. 

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