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GIRL’S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT
MINDY KLASKY
ISBN# (13)978-0-373-89607-3 /(10)0-373-89607-7
October 2006
Red Dress Ink
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
$13.95
426 Pages
Chick Lit
Rating: 4 Cups

Jane Madison is a librarian at the Peabridge Free Library in Washington, DC. She has spent the previous year getting over an engagement broken over the phone while her fiancé was in London cheating on her. Feeling that her heart is finally mending, she sets her sights on Jason Templeton, a professor who often visits the library and accepts her help with his research. Jane’s grandmother, Sarah, raised her. Unbeknownst to Jane, Sarah has been keeping a secret that will turn Jane’s life upside down.

Melissa, Jane’s best friend and confidant, owns a bakery, and is on a quest for Mr. Right using a rather interesting dating method whereby she takes her pick of dates from several different groups, and dates as often as she can.

When Jane moves into a cottage that is on Library property, she never expects to find a basement full of books on witchcraft. However, that is exactly what she finds. After opening one of the books and reading a bit, a cat statue turns into a man; this is how she meets her familiar, Neko. It is all down hill from there, because as soon as she utters the first spell, which also happens to be a love spell, another man shows up. David introduces himself as her Warder. He is determined to keep her from practicing magic, but Jane is just having too much fun. All the extra attention from the men in her life does not hurt either. But when other things begin happening, strange things, Jane begins to wonder if this business of witchcraft is really something she wants to continue with. Will Jane continue learning to be a witch, or will she decide it is more trouble than it is worth?

Ms. Klasky has penned an engaging romp of a book that I could not put down until I had read the very last page. Jane’s mishaps with her magical powers were often funny, and sweet. Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft is written in the first person, which made relating to Jane’s predicaments, both with men and magic, highly enjoyable. Jane’s feelings are conflicted sometimes, making her more real to me as well. Anyone can relate to the love a grandchild feels for their grandmother, or the feeling of abandonment one might have with regards to a parent that gave them away, or the feelings of anger over the deception of a lover. These are only a few of the emotions showcased in this book. There were scenes that made me laugh out loud, and others that made me want to cry, but then these are the things that a make for a great book. I look forward to Ms. Klasky’s next book, a continuation of Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft, entitled Sorcery and the Single Girl.

Regina
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