Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (Could It Be Magic?, Book 1)

Could It Be Magic?

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A Kind of Magic

Part-time witch, full-time glamorous high-flyer Esme Mcleod rubs shoulders with celebrities for a living, has a sort-of-boyfriend ...and just enough magic in her fingertips to solve life’s little irritations; why shouldn’t she cast a little spell to catch the busy barman’s attention, or to summon a latte to aid her all-nighters?

Called back to her small Scottish home town and meddling family, stiletto-clad Esme is way out of her comfort zone... But Esme must embrace her abilities as a witch, or watch her family lose their beloved café.

Except Esme has never claimed to be a whizz at witchcraft, and her charms are starting to go awry – she certainly never meant to cast a love spell on her ex-boyfriend Jamie! It’s time for urgent lessons in magic as well as love – it seems there’s only so much that muttering a few words over cupcake batter will fix...

Don't miss the Could It Be Magic series:

1 – Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

2 – I Put a Spell on You

3 – Baby It's Cold Outside

4 – I’ll Be There For You

5 – A Spoonful of Sugar (novella)

What readers are saying about Kerry Barrett

'I was absorbed from the first page' – Pass The Gin

'It was just lovely! I loved the plot, I loved the spells and the magic, I loved the characters and I loved the writing. Kerry Barrett is a talented writer and I’m so pleased I got the chance to review her debut novel and here’s hoping there will be many more!' – Chick Lit Reviews and News

'This is a story filled with heart-warming characters full of family loyalty, a little romance ... sprinkled with magic and humour throughout which will leave you, like me wanting to find out what happen next for Esme and her family.’ – That Thing She Reads

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Oct 31, 2013
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781472054760
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Sagas
Fiction / Women
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