Is it possible that love is the most powerful magic of all?
Growing up, her family insisted upon her destiny as a powerful healer based on a two-hundred year old prophecy. But Kay Baker was always more interested in forging her own path.
After completing medical school, she's ready to leave her "medicine woman" status behind in favor of a new life in New York City.
However, Kay finds herself back in her hometown near Cape Disappointment after tragedy strikes—facing a new set of responsibilities and the legends she's tried so hard to leave behind.
As the truth behind her powerful destiny is revealed, Kay discovers that magic is hiding everywhere—even among life's greatest disappointments.
Julie Manthey transports readers to a quaint, modern-day, Pacific Northwest fishing village in this fun read about a woman coming to terms with ancient legends and destiny. Readers will laugh and cry as they escape to Cape Disappointment and discover the magic, romance, and history for themselves.
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Magic of Cape Disappointment is a contemporary fiction novel written by Julie Manthey. Kay Baker had escaped Cape Disappointment and the expectations that her family lineage had placed upon her. Yes, she was the great-great-great-granddaughter of Kehlok, the daughter of adventurer Meriwether Lewis and Tamahna, a local native medicine woman. Kay had gone to medical school as her mother had wished, even as she co-majored in art, her true love and passion, and she had finished med school before abandoning that professional goal and turning to art full-time. She loved living in Manhattan and was thrilled to have her own studio there. It was a far cry from the small town life of Ilwaco, Washington where she grew up. When she got a call informing her that her parents had both died in a car crash, however, she dropped everything and rushed home to be there. She would be the only support for her Gran, who was ninety-seven and apt to forget where she was in time, until her brother Lou came to help. Kay’s mom’s last request to her was that she would not put Gran in a nursing home, and Kay was determined to abide by that. Suddenly, New York and her life as she knew it was in the past, and she was back in Ilwaco. Julie Manthey’s contemporary fiction novel, The Magic of Cape Disappointment, is an intriguing and powerful blend of modern-day life, history and mysticism. I loved learning more about the Cascadia range and Cape Disappointment, and found the author’s treatment of the Clatsup history and legends to be fascinating. Manthey also addresses an issue of concern about elderly care, especially for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia issues, and the resulting stresses that fall upon the relative who somehow finds themselves in the role of caretaker. I could feel for Kay as she loses everything she had built up for her own life’s goals, even as I loved the synchronicity that had her literally visualizing her future path while still in Manhattan. Manthey’s characters are marvelous; her story rocks on so many levels, and her writing is fluid and a joy to read. The Magic of Cape Disappointment is most highly recommended.
Kay ‘s had a write up in Time magazine of her paintings especially one called Motorcycle man. Kay was the direct descendant of Meriweather Lewis of the Lewis & Clark expedition . Science and Math had been too easy for Kay. In fact so easy she got bored in medical school instead of being a doctor like her mother wanted Kay to she went for an art elective.Kay had a studio and was having a show when she got a call that her parents had been in a car accident . By the time Kay got to Washington her parents and passed away. A neighbor- Sam had been with her ninety seven year old grandmother. Kay had promised her mom she would take of her grandmother so she stays in Cape Disappointment Sam always seemed to be around to help Kay. It seemed fate had stepped in to pull Kay away from NYC to be at Cape Disappointment. But for what reason ? I liked the story although a little fast paced. The plot was good. I liked there was an unknown part of Lewis’s family from Lewis and Clark expedition. That he had fallen in love with an Indian princess who became pregnant. I felt bad that Kay had to leave the show of her paintings especially for the reason she did. But fate wanted her back in Cape Disappointment and that is where she went. I loved the characters especially Kay and all the ups and downs she went through as well as Sam. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] " According to all the history books, Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, died childless in 1809. However, the truth is that his daughter, my great-great-great-grandmother Kehlok, turned three years old that year. My name is Kay Baker, and my brother Louis discovered recently that DNA tests confirmed this family legend." Kay Baker has been running from "the great prophecy" her family legend tells: that she is the one who will save their piece of the world. She ran all the way from Washington State to New York City where she graduated as an osteopathic doctor but had yet started the residency. Instead, her artistic side has blossomed, and as her parents oromised, she's become an artist, making a name for herself with her hauntingly beautiful work, esoecially a series called Motorcycle Man. Kay returns to her hometown and circumstances keep her there. After suffering loss, she gains love and trust and abilities that far outweigh their portent. And that's the story, the abilities of one can change the course of even the biggest obstacles. Manthey self published this contemporary fantasy romance. She is adament that although there are real historic people, this is a work of fiction. Some may not like this caveat, but I take author's notes as important informational stepstone towards being fully immersed in a lovely tale of changes in perception. I recommend this book.