Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Witches of Cambridge

Happy Cherry Pie Day!  This is my mother's favorite pie.  She asked me to get her one just today.  It is America's second favorite pie behind apple (of course).  On February 20 in history the first American, John Glenn, orbits the Earth in the Friendship 7 spacecraft in 1962.  Other events that happened on this day are Ireland finally legalized birth control (the sale and importation of) in 1985 (too them long enough), the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York in 1872, U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia in 1839, and Luther Crowell received his patent for the machine that manufacturer paper bags in 1872!

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag is a delightful and enchanting novel!  Amandine Bisset is an empath.  She can feel the emotions of other people.  She is happy in her life with her husband, Eliot Walker and their twin boys.  But recently Eliot has been acting oddly.  Is he having an affair?  Amandine is afraid to ask but wants to find out.  Noa Sparrow is a human lie detector and dislikes it intensely.  Noa can tell a person’s secrets upon meeting them and cannot help but spilling them out (she has tried to hold them in but it is impossible).  Noa is studying History of Art at Magdalene College in Cambridge where Amandine teaches (ends up her advisor).  One day Noa meets Santiago Costa who states he can help Noa.  He can take away her gift.  Noa finally gets her wish, but will she be happy?   Cosima Rubens is wonderful baker.  She has a café with magical pastries.  More than anything else in the world, Cosima wants to have a child.  Unfortunately, she has a pre-existing condition.  Cosima could die if she gets pregnant.  Then her husband, Tommy cheats on her and gets the woman pregnant.  What will Cosima do to make her dreams come true?  Kat is a math professor and a witch.  She casts spells with herbs.  Kat has been in love George Bennett for many years (he is oblivious).  He is a shy professor and friend to Kat. He also frequently visits Cosima’s café.  What happens to George when a spell goes awry?  Change is in the air for these witches.  Read The Witches of Cambridge to find out what happens!

The Witches of Cambridge was a charming novel.  I just sat down and read it straight through (I was not pleasant when interrupted).  The only thing that bothered me were the abrupt transitions between scenes (not chapters).  It led to some confusion at first when one minute you are with Kat and then the next sentence Noa.  Otherwise, I was riveted to the pages of this book.  I give The Witches of Cambridge 5 out of 5 stars.  I love Menna Van Praag’s writing style (I have read all of her books). It is so easy to read and entrancing!  I cannot wait for Menna Van Praag’s next novel.

Menna Van Praag's next book in The Lost Art of Letter Writing (no release date at this time).  I received a complimentary copy of The Witches of Cambridge in exchange for an honest review.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday!  I am off to enjoy dinner and read (of course).  I am currently enjoying Murder Most Wholesome by Staci McLaughlin.  Do not forget about my giveaway for Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer!  Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered to win (must be a resident of the United States or Canada with a physical address--no P.O. Boxes).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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