A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison
Publisher: Love Spell
Publication Date: March 1, 2009
Format: Print ARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
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Elizabeth Stevens is one bite away from happiness.
Today is Elizabeth Stevens’s birthday, and not only is it the one-year anniversary of her husband leaving her, it’s also the day her bakery is required to make a cake—for her ex’s next wedding. If there’s a bitter taste in her mouth, no one can blame her.
But today, Liz is about to receive a gift. Her Grandma Verda isn’t just wacky; she’s a little witchy. An ancient gypsy magic has been passed through her family bloodline for generations, and it’s Liz’s turn to be empowered. Henceforth, everything she bakes will have a dash of delight and a pinch of wishes-can-come-true. From her hunky policeman neighbor, to her gorgeous personal trainer, to her bum of an ex-husband, everyone Liz knows is going to taste her power. Revenge is sweet…and it’s only the first dish to be served.
Liz and one of her best friends, Jon, own a bakery together. A Taste of Magic is the name of the bakery and as the blurb said not only is it her birthday but she has to make a cake for her ex-husband’s wedding. He left her a year ago after having an affair leaving Liz devastated.
Unbeknownst to Liz her grandmother had just left her with a special gift. The gift of magic. Apparently this magic had been passed on from generation to generation and it was now Liz’s turn. It also manifests itself in different ways so when Liz was baking the cake for her ex she was wishing desperately that he couldn’t get it up for the wedding night and his entire honeymoon. A buzz goes through her body and light flashes into the bowl. Liz thinks the mixer’s gone wonky but when she later hears that her ex was indeed unable to perform she had to stop and think about what exactly happened.
Since Liz is a baker by trade that’s how her magic manifests itself. While she’s baking, and if she truly wishes for something, and asks for it in “the right way”, the magic goes into the baked good. The problem is, Liz starts attempting to “fix” everyone’s problems and that’s where the chaos begins. Liz soon discovers that she can’t fix everyone’s issues with life or their relationships – or their relationships with her.
When I was asked to review this book I really did have my doubts about whether I would like it or not. Not that the book didn’t sound cute, but lately I’ve not been attracted to witches or witch magic. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I think the fact that the magic was coming through in Liz’s baked goods really was an inventive twist. I thought the story had a cute little relationship inside for Liz but it really was a story about Liz coming to terms with her life, her failed marriage, her family and her friends and though doing that was not easy, it was done well. The fact that all of that could be accomplished with humor was an extra bonus, in my opinion.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5