Sunday, 8 September 2013

Review of Midsummer Magic by Julia Williams

As soon as I saw the beautiful cover on Midsummer Magic, I knew that it was a book I wanted to read.

Recently engaged Josie has jumped into wedding planning and left her fiance Harry feeling a little left out. When she invites Harry, her bridesmaid Diane and Harry's best man Ant to Cornwall for the weekend she imagines a relaxing couple of days talking about the wedding. However, what she doesn't realise is that Diane and Ant already know each other and are not the best of friends. To make matters worse, when Harry and Ant meet famous magician Freddie Puck in the local pub they drunkenly agree to take part in a hypnosis stunt on Mid summer's Eve for his new show. As Midsummer Night comes round, the four realise that the tv show could be a mistake and before they know it long buried secrets and feelings start coming to the surface.

The use of local mythology is a strong part of the storyline and the beautiful setting in Cornwall really emphasises this. There is something about the caves and rugged coastline that makes myths seem like possibilities.

This is a fun, magical story that I really enjoyed reading. I thought that the references to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream were a very clever addition and I am looking forward to reading Williams' next book.

Thank you to Avon for sending me a copy to review.

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