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666 Park Avenue

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by Gabriella Pierce
     
 

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What if your mother-in-law turned out to be evil. . . literally?

Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job

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What if your mother-in-law turned out to be evil. . . literally?

Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.

But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world—and herself—is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rosemary's Baby meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this breezy chick lit thriller about an American in Paris swept off her feet by a rich-and-good-looking New Yorker with some very dangerous secrets. Then again, aspiring architectural designer Jane Boyle has some hidden skeletons of her own, which she discovers when her estranged grandmother Celine leaves a death-note revelation that clueless Jane comes from a long line of witches. What follows as Jane moves with her handsome fiancé Malcolm Doran to Manhattan's Upper East Side is a frightening cascade of wickedness that forces Jane to match witchy wits with Malcolm's mom-from-hell, Lynne, negotiate a mansion-full of Mean Girls and a Boo Radley-like stalker—and test drive her own considerable powers. A scary face-off between Jane and Lynne is both hilarious and exciting. And though the frantic and elaborate finale may leave the future of fledgling witch Jane in question, first-time author Pierce neatly leaves open a creaky, spooky door for a slew of sequels for fans of gothic social climbing and the supernatural. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews

First in newcomer Pierce's series chronicling Manhattan witch wars, as waged on and off the society pages.

Jane, a budding architect from Alsace, has just landed her first account in Paris. When she's saved from hobbling on a broken stiletto heel by a handsome man and his limo, it's a most inopportune time for love at first sight. But the chemistry between Malcolm Doran, a rich Manhattanite, and herself is instantaneous and, need we say, magical. Sporting thederigueurmulti-carat engagement rock (or is it a millstone?) around her finger, Jane takes Malcolm to meet her grandmother, Celine, who raised her after her American parents died. They arrive to find Celine dead in her secluded farmhouse. There is a legacy: a letter explaining Jane's witchy pedigree and a silver ring of power. Wearing the ring, Jane now has the ability to read minds, but not Malcolm's. It's off to Manhattan where, before leaving on the first of innumerable business trips, Malcolm ensconces Jane at the family mansion for the duration of her imprisonment, er, engagement. This Park Avenue address (665, actually) houses some sinister female relatives (there's even a genealogy chart, tracing female bloodlines, etched on the parlor wall), but the worst is harpy-in-chief Lynne, Malcolm's mother. Left to Lynne's mercy, Jane endures weeks of wedding planning, no-carb meals and unflattering gown suggestions. Bored silly, Jane bucks Lynne to take a job at MOMA as an events planner. A slow learner despite her magical aptitudes (she generates electrical disturbances when upset), it takes an attempt on a friend's life before Jane recognizes that her potential in-laws are not merely eccentric but dangerous. Jane is only the latest pawn in witch clan warfare going back centuries (a poor argument for matriarchy, that). With the help of some well-meaning but nonmagical Wiccans, Jane learns to harness her powers, but can she make the leap from pawn to warrior queen?

A fast-paced and at times diverting mash-up of chick lit and fantasy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061434778
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
307
Sales rank:
1,101,520
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Gabriella Pierce is an American living in Paris with her two dogs.

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