Saturday, February 2, 2008

Like a Charm by Candace Havens

Like a Charm
Candace Havens
The Berkley Publishing Group
February 5, 2008

All Kira Smythe ever wanted was to get out of her hometown of Sweet, Texas and make her mark in the world. She achieved the success of a contract attorney with Zeb Corp., but when a client takes her own life the tragic experience is too much to bear. The death is blocked from Kira’s memory and lands her in the hospital with little choice but to return home and recover.

In the time that Kira has been away from Sweet a few things have changed. The parents she once saw as hippies are now successful business people, and the town she once felt alone in has become much more inviting. Luckily for Kira the best things she remembers have stayed the same. Lulu’s is still the best place for a great meal, the bakery is still a welcome temptation and Mrs. Canard is still the town librarian.

When tragedy strikes once again, Kira’s world is thrown even further into turmoil. With ghostly encounters that leave her thinking she must be crazy, and one too many job offers, Kira has some decisions to make. Then there’s Caleb, a carpenter who stirs her interest, but has secrets of his own. For Kira, making the right choice will prove to be a very difficult task.

Like a Charm is a delightful romance. In a town full of people who always seemed special, a life of being less than ordinary was something Kira felt she had to leave behind. When she returns to Sweet, Kira finds that she’s no longer the ordinary girl she was, and the years have given her a new outlook on the place she once again calls home. Ms. Havens combines the allure of small town living with magical residents. Well-written, fast-paced and filled with enchanting characters, Like a Charm is a fun escape that captures the reader’s attention and thoroughly entertains.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Wendy said...

Ohh, sounds like a good fun read which is what I need!

Lately, I've only wanted to read 'light' books that I don't have to invest so much in it, but it's still a good read, you know?

Anyway, great review! :)

Kimberly Swan said...

I think you'd love this one Wendy. Although there's a bit of tragedy, Ms. Havens keeps the story fun and light. :)

scooper said...

So is it a ghost paranormal or something different?

Kimberly Swan said...

Yes, I'd call it a ghost paranormal and a romance. :)

scooper said...

Thank you lady. Hope you're having a great day.

Kimberly Swan said...

Anytime SCooper! I love when a book is different and I think she did a great job in keeping it light and entertaining. :) I have catching up to be done, but it's been a good day. Hope yours has been great too!

T.C. said...

Interesting...probably not something I'd dive into, but it does have a unique plot to it.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi T.C. - You need fun books like Ms. Havens writes to make you smile and laugh. :)