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For the theater's unusual staff and its handsome almost otherworldly directorRead Barbara Ashford's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community I tagged this book as fantasy but that's mostly because I don't use a romance tag It barely counts as fantasy BarelyYes I binged on this book I stayed up late Saturday night I read for a huge chunk of Sunday After a few books in a row that were heavy and dense the lightness of Spellcast was welcome That said what the heck I'm just at a loss as to how this is going to be a good book group discussion I can't see that there is much to ponder hereThe book is not easy to start In the first thirty pages Ashford introduces over a dozen characters and the introductions are clumsy While eventually the characters get straight and actually come to be truly uniue people at first I was just frustrated So I'm just ambivalent about this book I enjoyed it but it's much less than I think a book group needs to fill an hour with than I liked that And the sex Oy vay We can't discuss that in the middle of Powell's

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Spellcast Maggie Graham #1When Maggie Graham lost her job and her apartment fell to pieces she decided to flee New York City for a while and hide in Vermont at the Crossroads This is an I don't know what to say sort of review After picking up and putting down copies of Spellcast in multiple bookstores I finally bought it at a Borders closing sale It then spent a while on the TBR pile as book after book moved in front of it I finally took it along on a business trip and ran out of other books to read Not exactly a stirring endorsement so far is itThis is not an I couldn't put it down sort of book It's the type that slowly works its way under your skin until you're surprised at how much fun you're having reading it By the time the end came I discovered that I had sat up so late reading the last 60 pages that I would only get 4 hours of sleep before the alarm went offI typically eschew plot synopses and I will continue that practice here This is a story filled with wonderful characters a setting in musical theater in a community theater in Vermont gentle and largely unidentified until the end magic and a plot that moves and shifts just enough to keep things interesting For someone who mainly reads Urban Fantasy and Paranormal stories it was a drastic change of pace It was also well worth the reading

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DOC ✓ READER Spellcast Maggie Graham #1 ´ BARBARA ASHFORD ´ ❰Reading❯ ➻ Spellcast Maggie Graham #1 Author Barbara Ashford – When Maggie Graham lost her job and her apartment fell to pieces she decided to flee New York City for a while and hide in Vermont at Theatre She hadn't planned to audition yet soon found herself part of the summer stock cast But her previous acting experiences couldn't prepare her Totally taken by surprise regarding SPELLCAST by Barbara Ashford This book was sugary sweet but deeply introspective all wrapped up in a musical that was laced with a little paranormal tid bits here and there I still don’t know why I accepted this review copy I’m not into musical theater I guess it was the cover or the originality or maybe even the glowing reviews – but I’m so glad I did take it read it and subseuently highly enjoy it Don’t judge just read You’ll be pleasantly surprisedOn a whim Maggie Graham unemployed unattached and slightly frayed ends up in Vermont looking for a bed and breakfast Instead of finding a place to crash for the night she ends up auditioning for the Crossroads Theatre and being cast into minor rolls for three separate plays that will be performed that summer Not know why she accepts the gig Maggie ends up in a run down hotel being paid 100 a week and now a part of a very strange cast of characters and an otherworldly staff – that casts people not by the character they could best play but by the character that will teach them the most Maggie is the only one that has any prior acting experiences but the ridiculously handsome yet strangely ethereal director will only put her in characters that he thinks will make her a better person It would seem that Rowan the director has made it his life goal to help people through singing and acting and he has an almost magic voice that brings the motley cast together to make something spectacular At first skeptical Maggie is soon drawn into friendships and helping others like she never has before She finds herself eerily drawn to Rowan and his mystery and the aura of otherness that surrounds the staff of the Crossroads Will this only be a summer fling for Maggie a push towards her right direction or will the Crossroads set her on her life pathI read somewhere SPELLCAST described as unassuming and it is true This books description and cover can’t convey what it is While a bit long it’s entirety is a discovery of self and friendship and hope Myself as a person could only hope that a Crossroads Theater would appear for me when I was faced with a large pot hole in my road of life Ashford constructed each character with precision and describes each scene as if she had experienced them herself The plays the characters act out are almost real for me and I wish I had prior knowledge of them so I could get just a little better grasp on what is going on This was a very entertaining read and I kept finding myself drawn back into the pages as if I had never left as soon as I picked it up The drawbacks that I found was that yes it was a bit long Ashford would go into details regarding the most trivial of scenes yet her writing flowed so well that I couldn’t skim – therefor I felt it went on and on over trivialities And then there was the ending I will not spoil it but I do have to say that while the ending was how I think it should have been there was still that bitter part of me that wanted so much This is an excellent read that I really can’t compare to anything else Recommended for contemporary romance fans because of it’s only slight taste of the paranormal Yet I really wouldn’t describe this as a romance There is enough to give it a flavoring but not something I would describe as romance I don’t know but this one would probably fit in one of those random genres like Magical Realism or something It is an adult read with a bit of language and some sexual encounters Like this like thatThe Girl That Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen