A Spoonful of Magic

A Spoonful of Magic

by Irene Radford

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756412913
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 790,034
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founders of the Book View Cafe. She can be contacted via her website, www.ireneradford.com.

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A Spoonful of Magic 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford is set in Eugene, Oregon. Daphne “Daffy” Deschants has been married to Gabriel “G” Deschants for thirteen years and they have three children. She thought they had a great relationship until she receives photos of him in bed with another woman. Daffy is ready to confront him about his infidelity, when they are mugged. G handles the robbers with magic and Daffy learns that her husband is a wizard. Daffy is shocked to learn that G is the sheriff for Guild of Master Wizards and her children may also have magical gifts. Daffy makes G move out of the house and then chaos ensues when her children’s magic starts bursting forth—Daffy quickly discovers that they are not the only ones in the house with talents. To make things even more chaotic, G’s ex-wife—D’Accore (that Daffy thought was dead) has escaped from prison and is seeking Jason’s (her biological son that Daffy adopted) eyes for her own blinded ones. The family will need to band together utilizing their magical gifts to defeat this menacing foe. A Spoonful of Magic was not what I expected. At times it felt like a young adult story. If the author had left out the parts about sex and infidelity, it would have fit into that genre nicely. The book really did not need this element. A Spoonful of Magic has one crazy antic after another (mostly involving the children who run amok after discovering their powers—all of them at the same time). I found many details repeated throughout the book. I never felt the suspense in the story with D’Accore coming after the family. It missed the mark. The book was too long and lacked a nice snappy pace. I ended up skimming through the dull sections to get to the end of the book. I was not taken with the main characters especially G. He uses people to achieve his goals for work and home. The characters lacked depth and development. They all felt flat. There were also contradictions. Children upset with their father cheating on their mother, and then they soon forgive him. G lied about many things over the years, but he felt it was justifiable. I did like the part about how wizard’s pick their wands. I found it an interesting tidbit. A Spoonful of Magic felt more like a rough draft than a finished manuscript.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Daffy’s life implodes from the inside out when she finds out that her husband has been cheating on her when he is supposed to be away on business. He doesn’t even have the career she thought he had. To top it off, his career is as part of a magical policing organization, the International Guild of Wizards. Yes, magic does exist Daffy and it's closer than you think… Because she soon finds out that her entire family, including her children, are magical. If that wasn’t enough to deal with Daffy has had magic too and her husband knew it but kept her ignorant, never having the opportunity to train, leaving her open to all types of magical mayhem. This is Daffy’s story, the story of self-discovering into a magical world that coincides with everyday life…until you get caught up in a plot of revenge and hate that could rip away everything and everyone she holds dear. The storytelling was amazing, but I did have a bit of a problem with the persistence of infidelity and then relating to the characters after their decisions and nonchalance about the cheating. It made the relationship unbelievable, it was either upsetting enough to break up a marriage or not and it seems it went both ways which didn't work. I was invested in the outcome and truly wanted to know how it would all work out. In the end I give A Spoonful of Magic 4 stars. I received this ARC copy of A Spoonful of Magic from Berkley Publishing Group - DAW.
PenKay More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a series, I believe. Daffy finds out her husband is cheating on her almost at the same time she finds out he has a lot more magic than she realized. Following soon on those revelations are that she is a kitchen witch, and oh, yeah, her husband’s ex-wife is on a mission to get her sight back after being is prison. And, the only way she can do that is to get G’s son’s eyes, someone Daffy has raised like her own son. Now might be a good time to whip up a batch of brownies and then go after the witch! This story started very well. The characters were fun, it had a good plot, and the writing was great. However, I have to admit, like a lot of reviews I read, G’s attitude really, really turned me off. I have read books where one of the characters has committed infidelity, but G really didn’t seem bothered about it, and he didn’t even try to stop or find other ways around his “affliction.” It got the point where I was so focused on him and his antics, I lost my way with the book. I think this writer and book have lots of potential, and quite frankly this book could be a 5-star, but G either really has to be completely replaced or have some major attitude changes. If you don’t mind that type of character, I think you will love this book. I did like it because I saw some good things, but I am still a little hesitant. 3 ½ stars. Thanks to the author for the e-copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the whole it wasn't to bad but the characterization of conservative Christians as a bunch of hate-mongering burn them at the stake nut cases ruined What Might Have Been a halfway decent book.