“Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.
Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch.
She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.
Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.
On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.
For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.”
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I enjoy reading about the different worlds authors come up with. Most books with witches have similarities but they each seem to have their own twists. In A Spell in the Country, most witches are good witches with different skills but there are a few wicked witches. Wicked witches are born wicked and they have an imp that no one else can see, can throw fireballs, and they all love the taste of children. Many witches don’t believe in wicked witches because they tend to stay under the radar.
Jenny is a wicked witch but she doesn’t want to be one. She struggles daily with the urge to eat children. She and several other witches end up at a spa where they have been chosen to go through three weeks of training to better themselves. What happens at the spa is not what anyone expects, even the woman who set up the training.
There were so many characters that it was a little difficult to keep up with them, especially near the end when they were all in different places. However, I was unable to put the book down once I got into it. After the first third or so, I had to see what was going to happen. There was action, witchcraft, twists, and more action.
About the Authors
Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of seven novels, two short story collections and a novella.
The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company. Their latest novel, Oddjobs 2: this time it’s personnel, was published in August 2017.
Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.
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