What should have been Daffy and G's thirteenth wedding
anniversary celebration ended in Daffy requesting a divorce.
Daphne "Daffy" Wallace Deschants learned only recently of
Gabriel's -- G -- numerous infidelities throughout their
marriage, and when she confronts him, he doesn't deny them
nor apologize, but merely says that things are not
necessarily what they look like. Daffy is livid, and when
they leave the posh restaurant they had booked for dinner,
three young men demand that Daffy give them her purse, and
just like that, G pulls out his fountain pen, his magic
wand, and gets rid of the thieves. The Deschants live in the
Willamette Valley in Oregon, once the home of faes. Daffy
knew that some residents like to think of themselves as
witches, but who would have thought that they were real and
that her husband was a wizard? Daffy is in for a surprise
because her two daughters and G's son are also magical.
A SPOONFUL OF MAGIC is definitely a Halloween story, and
I'm a bit puzzled as to why it was not released October 31.
Daffy owns half of Magical Brews, a café where knickknacks
are also sold, and she learns after a while that she is a
"kitchen witch". I am not going to say much about the plot
because the blurb just about says it all. Now, dear reader,
I must say that it would have taken much more -- way more --
than a spoonful of sugar to make G palatable to me. He is an
unrepentant lying, cheating, deceitful, manipulative, and
selfish man, and I despised him; it made for very stressful
and uncomfortable reading. Around halfway, there is some
justification for G's philandering ways, and I was hoping
that I would like him more, unfortunately, it was
short-lived. A SPOONFUL OF MAGIC is billed as an urban
fantasy, but still, I'm a bit puzzled.
I loved Jason, G's son by his first wife; he's a ballet
dancer, which was nice and rather unusual; the girls, Shara
and Belle were alright, and I adored Ted Tyler, who is a
very, very appealing character and a good, honest man. Daffy
is okay, in a 50s wife and mother sort of way; I think more
could have been done with her character so that she would
have had the starring role instead of playing second fiddle
to G, one of the most unlikeable heroes I have ever met.
Maybe it's because of my very low threshold of tolerance
for this type of "bad boy", whose handsomeness and sex
appeal Daffy finds hard to resist, but what do I know? G, at
least, is a somewhat decent father. A SPOONFUL OF MAGIC is
nicely written, very fast- paced, and flows well; there are
also some lovely passages about ballet and some rather
creative twists on magic.
A delightful new urban fantasy about a kitchen witch and
her magical family
Daphne "Daffy" Rose Wallace Deschants has an ideal
suburban life—three wonderful and talented children; a
coffee shop and bakery, owned and run with her best friend;
a nearly perfect husband, Gabriel, or "G" to his friends and
family. Life could hardly be better.
But G's perfection hides dangerous secrets. When Daffy
uncovers evidence of his infidelity, her perfect life seems
to be in ruins. On their wedding anniversary, Daffy prepares
to confront him, only to be stopped in her tracks when he
foils a mugging attempt using wizard-level magic.
Suddenly, Daphne is part of a world she never
imagined--where her husband is not a traveling
troubleshooter for a software company, but the sheriff of
the International Guild of Wizards, and her brilliant
children are also budding magicians. Even she herself is not
just a great baker and barista—she's actually a kitchen
witch. And her discovery of her powers is only just beginnning.
But even the midst of her chaotic new life, another problem
is brewing. G's ex-wife, a dangerous witch, has escaped from
her magical prison. Revenge-bent and blind, she needs the
eyes of her son to restore her sight—the son Daffy has
raised as her own since he was a year old. Now Daphne must
find a way to harness her new powers and protect her
family—or risk losing everything she holds dear.