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  1. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    The tale begins when we meet Luella Campbell, a media specialist. She’s been with her current employee since well forever, so she is shocked when she they fire her. Worse, she is seeing dogs and birds others can’t. She can’t even catch her breath before discovering she has magical powers of her own. Where the heck is the manual and is something in the water? This was a fun set up to the series. I loved Lucella. She is in her forties, divorced, an empty nester and a confident size sixteen. She bak The tale begins when we meet Luella Campbell, a media specialist. She’s been with her current employee since well forever, so she is shocked when she they fire her. Worse, she is seeing dogs and birds others can’t. She can’t even catch her breath before discovering she has magical powers of her own. Where the heck is the manual and is something in the water? This was a fun set up to the series. I loved Lucella. She is in her forties, divorced, an empty nester and a confident size sixteen. She bakes when nervous and whips up all kinds of glutton free desserts. A new town mural with possible clues to her new powers leads her to an old love. We get a side of romance while Lucella tries to figure out what is happening to her. She tests her powers and learns how to deal with her animal friends. Her friends are supportive, but we soon learn they are keeping secrets. Her momma is one strange bird and we soon learn why. The story feels like a cozy as we try to figure out what is happening to and around our protagonist. Not sure if the series will feature her friends next or continue with Lucella. Either way, I am curious enough to return to Sparkle Beach. Xe Sands narrates and was perfect for capturing the light vibe of this tale and each of the unique characters. I’ve enjoyed her narrations before, and she offers a wide range of female and male voices while capturing the tone of the overall story. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This book surprised me from the second I started it to the last page and for the longest time I didn't know whether I even liked it. I ended up more than liking it however, because it brings a fresh and unique twist to the Paranormal Women's Fiction genre, well to the supernatural mystery genre in general, to be honest. My only misgivings with this book is that it's basically one long world establishing chapter. It sets us up for future books and I am excited to see what they will face. I cannot This book surprised me from the second I started it to the last page and for the longest time I didn't know whether I even liked it. I ended up more than liking it however, because it brings a fresh and unique twist to the Paranormal Women's Fiction genre, well to the supernatural mystery genre in general, to be honest. My only misgivings with this book is that it's basically one long world establishing chapter. It sets us up for future books and I am excited to see what they will face. I cannot say more without spoilering some plot twists, but I highly encourage you to give this a twirl and stick with it! Very unique! Loved it

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sunny Abernathy

    I am not twenty-five years old. But i read a lot of books with twenty somethings thinking they will never meet mr.right while somehow working at their dream job. So I find it very refreshing when a strong female lead is my age, has baggage and a writer who knows it's never too late to try something new. Luella needs a new job, misses her daughter, and tries not to bother anyone. Magic helps those who helps themselves?? I enjoy all of Kate Moseman's novels, she writes with creativity and heart, and I am not twenty-five years old. But i read a lot of books with twenty somethings thinking they will never meet mr.right while somehow working at their dream job. So I find it very refreshing when a strong female lead is my age, has baggage and a writer who knows it's never too late to try something new. Luella needs a new job, misses her daughter, and tries not to bother anyone. Magic helps those who helps themselves?? I enjoy all of Kate Moseman's novels, she writes with creativity and heart, and yes a little bit of magic in a real world setting, You can not go wrong spending a few hours reading a Kate Moseman novel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Midlife just got magical and weird for an empty-nester divorcee who just lost her job and boyfriend, but discovered a new affinity for animals no one else could see. Paranormal women’s fiction is a fairly new to me genre mash up that I am coming to really enjoy so I was tickled to try a new to me author and series narrated by a stellar storyteller. Luella has been working at the same company since high school and anticipated working there until retirement when she suddenly and inexplicably was le Midlife just got magical and weird for an empty-nester divorcee who just lost her job and boyfriend, but discovered a new affinity for animals no one else could see. Paranormal women’s fiction is a fairly new to me genre mash up that I am coming to really enjoy so I was tickled to try a new to me author and series narrated by a stellar storyteller. Luella has been working at the same company since high school and anticipated working there until retirement when she suddenly and inexplicably was let go from the marketing staff. Divorced for many years and with a daughter away at college, Luella has to find a new job and soon. Meanwhile, a bizarre change of circumstances has the rest of her attention. The sight of a silvery ghost-like dog in the office and a rush of wind that only she and her best friends can see is the beginning of a mysterious magic she seems to possess. As other animals appear under odd circumstances and gifts as well, she knows she needs to figure out what is going on quickly. But, where to start? Her quest involves her two besties, an old high school crush and her quirky biker mama. Silver Spells was an engaging introduction to a new series and I enjoyed meeting Luella and her friends. I found the inclusion of her ex who is not the cliché, a daughter with food health issues, her full figure just being her and nothing to dent her confidence, good times with her gal pals, flirty meet cute with Raphael, and her very mature approach to life a refreshing set of circumstances that added up to a right cozy situation. Silver Spells is definitely on the easy going side and doesn’t introduce more to the plot than getting to know the setting, characters, and Luella’s new circumstances. Perhaps it gets more intense as the series progresses or maybe it stays gentle like a cozy mystery. Either way, I liked what I got and would definitely keep going with more of the series. Xe Sands is a narrator that I’m long familiar with and I was able to settle into her narration work with no effort. I thought she matched up with the style of the writing and tone of the book and she had the character voices down pat. I hope she has the narration of the whole series. She made this high quality production even better. All in all, this first in series is off to a satisfying start and I was well entertained. I can recommend it to those who enjoy stories focused on fun female friendships, a paranormal element, a bit of mystery and pinch of romance sprinkled in for good measure.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This book took a unique take on the women’s paranormal genre. A lot of paranormal books are geared toward a younger crowd where the characters are teens/mid 20’s, which can be fantastic, but it was cool to see it transpire into a different age group. This is the first book in this series, the story itself, was about a group of three besties discovering who they truly are while navigating regular life with a touch of clean romance. I look forward to hearing more in this world and what could happe This book took a unique take on the women’s paranormal genre. A lot of paranormal books are geared toward a younger crowd where the characters are teens/mid 20’s, which can be fantastic, but it was cool to see it transpire into a different age group. This is the first book in this series, the story itself, was about a group of three besties discovering who they truly are while navigating regular life with a touch of clean romance. I look forward to hearing more in this world and what could happen. I really enjoyed the narration.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    It was ok This just wasn’t the book for me. I did finish it. The writing was a little corny, the storyline staggered, and the plot was lacking. I feel like with a little more effort, this book could be good. With a lot, it could be great.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky Baldridge

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a paranormal story that’s more fun than angst, and Silver Spells showed me that I really need to make a point of reading them regularly. This one has been great for relaxing, for a bit of escapism. In this crazy world we find ourselves in, it’s nice to imagine how a bit of magic could make things better. Silver Spells gives us empty nester Luella Campbell. I can certainly identify with that, and it was refreshing to find a book with a main character closer to my It’s been a while since I’ve read a paranormal story that’s more fun than angst, and Silver Spells showed me that I really need to make a point of reading them regularly. This one has been great for relaxing, for a bit of escapism. In this crazy world we find ourselves in, it’s nice to imagine how a bit of magic could make things better. Silver Spells gives us empty nester Luella Campbell. I can certainly identify with that, and it was refreshing to find a book with a main character closer to my own age. I also enjoyed Luella’s relationship with her mother and how she still needed and valued her mother’s advice – perhaps even more so with everything going on in her life. This is the first in the Midlife Elementals series, so a lot of the book introduces the characters and the world the author has created. That’s not to say there isn’t a storyline; there certainly is. What I’m getting at is I enjoyed it all. The world-building is done organically – we learn about this world along with Luella, so we’re not dealing with big info dumps, which is a big plus, in my opinion. This author is also handy with wit and funny quips, which is great for keeping a good pace. The story caught me a little off guard with its flowery prose, and I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure about all the Southern witticisms at first. Even as a Southern girl myself, they seemed to be a bit over the top. By the time I made it through a handful of chapters, it wasn’t a thing at all. It just felt like that was Luella, and I didn’t expect any different, which I think comes down to a combination of Kate Moseman’s character building and Xe Sands’ narration. Speaking of, I think this is my first experience with Xe Sands, but it won’t be my last. I don’t think Kate Moseman could’ve chosen a more perfect voice for Luella. She lent a charm to the character that I feel may have been missing with a different voice. The more I listened, the more I felt like I was hearing Luella. All in all, Silver Spells is a witty and fun introduction to a promising series. There’s magic, friendship, family, a bit of romance, and even some danger as a taste of the possibilities for where this series might go. I will definitely be watching for whatever comes next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Luella Campbell having a rough few days. Her daughter recently moved away to go to college. Then Luella is fired without explanation from a company she’s worked for since she was in high school. Finally, she breaks up with her boyfriend who really isn’t as great as she thought. Meanwhile, strange things keep happening to Luella, like the appearance of a silver and white dog whose tail can blow up a disruptive blast of wind and a crow that seems to be following her around. Silver Spells is an ent Luella Campbell having a rough few days. Her daughter recently moved away to go to college. Then Luella is fired without explanation from a company she’s worked for since she was in high school. Finally, she breaks up with her boyfriend who really isn’t as great as she thought. Meanwhile, strange things keep happening to Luella, like the appearance of a silver and white dog whose tail can blow up a disruptive blast of wind and a crow that seems to be following her around. Silver Spells is an entertaining entry into the paranormal women’s fiction genre. The first book of the Midlife Elementals series is shared from the first person POV of protagonist Luella. Luella may be entering mid-life (she's 45) and has experienced a few bumps in the road, but she's not beaten down by life. I enjoy her enthusiasm and heart. She is genuine and caring. We follow her as she and her friends discover they suddenly have magical powers. It takes some time for the gang to piece it all together, but they embrace all of the strangeness right from the start, always running to, rather than away from, the magics. The story is mostly about Luella uncovering her apparent destiny, with very little external conflict. Despite the lack of a mystery to solve or big bad chasing Luella, the book moves along at an enjoyable pace. Like Luella, I wanted to know why these things are happening to her and what it all means. I also enjoyed the blossoming romance between Luella and her high school crush, Raphael. I’m intrigued by the young neighbor vying for Luella’s attention, and I appreciate that the book ends with hints of troubling heading their way. Narration: Shared via Luella’s first person POV, the narrator of the book is Luella. Ms. Sands performs using her distinct voice, which I love. She’s got a deep feminine voice that is somewhat soft and slightly raspy. Ms. Sands changes her tone for the characters’ dialogue, deepening for males, adding slight accents when called for, creating a unique set of voices for the cast. I really enjoyed listening to Silver Spells. The tale provides a background and sets up an interesting mythology for the series. I love the familial and friendship bonds which are explored throughout the book. I look forward to finding out more about Luella and friends’ powers as the series progresses. My Rating: B+ Narration: B+ Review copy provided by author Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bette

    Fabulous Story & Narration! A Magical Delight! Silver Spells A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Midlife Elementals, Book 1) By: Kate Moseman Narrated by: Xe Sands This book is an enjoyable delight, I am new to Kate Moseman’s work, I enjoyed her writing style and characters and storylines she created, they are interesting and imaginative. The story grabbed my attention right from the start, it is the type of book you do not want to out down because you want to know what happens next. It is the firs Fabulous Story & Narration! A Magical Delight! Silver Spells A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Midlife Elementals, Book 1) By: Kate Moseman Narrated by: Xe Sands This book is an enjoyable delight, I am new to Kate Moseman’s work, I enjoyed her writing style and characters and storylines she created, they are interesting and imaginative. The story grabbed my attention right from the start, it is the type of book you do not want to out down because you want to know what happens next. It is the first book of the series so it also lays out the foundation for the rest of the series. The characters are likable and easy to relate to and connect with, Luella Campbell, was an ordinary woman working an office job as a media specialist one minute then an unemployed woman the next with strange things happening all around her. Turns out she is not alone, the same thing is happening to her two friends. I loved the premise of this book, not your average midlife crisis here, just three women coming into their own, that is their own magical powers. I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is cleverly plotted with plenty of drama, some wonderful humor, twists and turns, heartfelt emotions and some romance. Kate Moseman, thank you for this enjoyable and entertaining story, I am looking forward to what comes next as you continue to build up this magical world with these fabulous characters. 🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Xe Sands is a talented narrator and versatile voice artist. She brings these characters to life, giving each their own distinct voice making it easy to follow along and tell who is who. Her portrayal of each character is spot on, she grasps each character’s persona and plays the role with perfection, sounding believable and just as I picture them to sound. She sets the perfect tone for the story, captures all the character’s emotions and projects them into her performance. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the fabulous listen🎧

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    Overall 4 out of 5 stars Performance 4 out of 5 stars Story 4 out of 5 stars midlife is not the end I very much enjoyed it from the beginning all the way to the end. Small town life. One mature woman in her peak of life. OH. Let me add that she now has a little something extra. A group of women friends and family. Add to that attitudes, motorcycles, magic, and a new way of life. Xe gave the audio a little something magical with her voice. I look forward to hearing more from her and seeing more of Kat Overall 4 out of 5 stars Performance 4 out of 5 stars Story 4 out of 5 stars midlife is not the end I very much enjoyed it from the beginning all the way to the end. Small town life. One mature woman in her peak of life. OH. Let me add that she now has a little something extra. A group of women friends and family. Add to that attitudes, motorcycles, magic, and a new way of life. Xe gave the audio a little something magical with her voice. I look forward to hearing more from her and seeing more of Kate's work also. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Entertaining Wonderful characters ***** I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kate Moseman. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Snarktastic Sonja

    This one is meh. There are friendships and relationships that are enjoyable. But, why the women call themselves "witches" when they are not working "spells" but controlling elements is totally beyond me. Also, some of the choices and coincidences are too contrived for me. There is no real bad guy here, just a momentary difference of opinion that is dismissed far too easily for me. The ideas herein are good. The execution is lacking. I think the story could be developed much more effectively. This one is meh. There are friendships and relationships that are enjoyable. But, why the women call themselves "witches" when they are not working "spells" but controlling elements is totally beyond me. Also, some of the choices and coincidences are too contrived for me. There is no real bad guy here, just a momentary difference of opinion that is dismissed far too easily for me. The ideas herein are good. The execution is lacking. I think the story could be developed much more effectively.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I really loved this story! Its lively and enjoyable. It had just enough of mystery that it tickled my grey matter. The characters were great! These women are older which is nice and they have a wonderful camaraderie with each other. Real friendship! I loved them all. I am not usually a fan of witch stories. But this one really eased me into it. The story flowed very nicely. I loved that I couldn't figure out what was happening or why. Zephyr and Midnight really threw me for a loop. Racking my br I really loved this story! Its lively and enjoyable. It had just enough of mystery that it tickled my grey matter. The characters were great! These women are older which is nice and they have a wonderful camaraderie with each other. Real friendship! I loved them all. I am not usually a fan of witch stories. But this one really eased me into it. The story flowed very nicely. I loved that I couldn't figure out what was happening or why. Zephyr and Midnight really threw me for a loop. Racking my brain trying to figure out why and what their purpose. I loved finding out. Plus that Raphael?? What a wonderful add to the cast. I listened to this on audio. Xe Sands did an amazing job narrating this. I could feel all the characters wonder and emotions. Well done!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Eyre

    This is a fun and magical read! It’s well written and has a older strong female mc. With a fun and humorous storyline we follow Luella as she tries to unlock her new magical powers and what a ride it is. Welcome to Sparkle Beach!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amber K

    Silver Spells by Kate Moseman I enjoyed this story and the characters. It was a fun read that I really just didn't want to put down. The audio narration is well done. Looking forward to more in this series! Silver Spells by Kate Moseman I enjoyed this story and the characters. It was a fun read that I really just didn't want to put down. The audio narration is well done. Looking forward to more in this series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Gore

    Review of Silver Spells A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (MIdlife Elemental's, Book 1) Author Kate Moseman Narrated By Xe Sands Duration 6 Hours 12 mins I was absolutely delighted to be one of the first people to have the opportunity to listen to and Review this book, as it was only released on Audible on 13.04. 21. Thank you Kate, I feel really privileged to be one of the first and enjoyed your book immensely. This is the first book in the Midlife Elemental's Series, the narrator XE Sands has a ver Review of Silver Spells A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (MIdlife Elemental's, Book 1) Author Kate Moseman Narrated By Xe Sands Duration 6 Hours 12 mins I was absolutely delighted to be one of the first people to have the opportunity to listen to and Review this book, as it was only released on Audible on 13.04. 21. Thank you Kate, I feel really privileged to be one of the first and enjoyed your book immensely. This is the first book in the Midlife Elemental's Series, the narrator XE Sands has a very relaxing voice, which makes the book very easy to listen to as she tells Luella Cambell and her friends story. This is a really lovely pleasant story of magic love and and friendship. We join Luella her family and friends mortal and magical as Luella and her friends are suddenly get given a gift of magical elemental power's. Their whole world is turned upside down. A great start to the series and I am looking forward to the rest of it becoming available on Audible so that I can listen to their adventure's, after all they now have magic at their finger tips.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Pleasantly surprised by this book. This was my first time listening to one of Kate Moseman's work, and I was taken aback by how much I liked her style. The storyline is well-composed, well-paced, riveting, enchanting, and quite charming, with excellent character development and world-building. Xe Sands is one of my favourite narrators, and I thought her performance was absolutely flawless. All in all, Silver Spells was a very enjoyable listen with quality writing, appealing characters, and outst Pleasantly surprised by this book. This was my first time listening to one of Kate Moseman's work, and I was taken aback by how much I liked her style. The storyline is well-composed, well-paced, riveting, enchanting, and quite charming, with excellent character development and world-building. Xe Sands is one of my favourite narrators, and I thought her performance was absolutely flawless. All in all, Silver Spells was a very enjoyable listen with quality writing, appealing characters, and outstanding narration. I'm definitely recommending this audiobook!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Veilleux Roth

    Three 40+ Friends Finally Find Their Magic This is an easy reading story about three friends, in their forties, who discover their magical abilities when one of the three, Luella, gets fired from her job. Good writing, few editing errors and an overall imaginative story but missing that edge. I would have liked to see the characters have more depth, everything felt too superficial and pat. As the reader I didn’t experience any feelings of tension or malevolence needed at pivotal moments even when Three 40+ Friends Finally Find Their Magic This is an easy reading story about three friends, in their forties, who discover their magical abilities when one of the three, Luella, gets fired from her job. Good writing, few editing errors and an overall imaginative story but missing that edge. I would have liked to see the characters have more depth, everything felt too superficial and pat. As the reader I didn’t experience any feelings of tension or malevolence needed at pivotal moments even when Raphael is thrown from the wall. The concept of the story is creative, for example, the wings on the wall was a fantastic idea so it was disappointing that the connection between Raphael and Luella’s wings wasn’t further explored. Raphael could have explained his feelings about the wings as he painted them, what his inspiration was, what he felt seeing them transformed from wall art to reality; he could have asked to touch them to compare them to his imaginings and to question if he could do that with other paintings. Reading about that would have given me, the reader, better visuals of what the wings looked like while giving Raphael more depth. Exploring Luella’s childhood with her Mama (who’s initial description is so intriguing) would have gone far to give Mama three dimensional form rather than her just being a woman with no personality who rides a motorcycle. On the plus side, literally, I was impressed with the author using the dress purchase for the art show to reveal that Luella was a proud size 16 and I liked the way she allowed the character to embrace her body and sensuality without regrets. I think this was the first time (in hundred of books) I have ever read this so congratulations on empowering the larger size woman. A promising writer who is unfurling her own wings and will be flying higher as more books are written.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Jones

    Halfway through your life and you have a midlife crisis, that is normal right?! What if halfway through your life, you get magical powers? Wouldn’t that be interesting? The Midlife Elementals Series is not your typical fantasy or paranormal fiction, but it does have some entertaining ideas and brings originality to readers. Luella works at Suntan Queen, in the Marketing Department, heck she started that department, but now its bad news bears for her. She’s been ousted without a rhyme or reason to Halfway through your life and you have a midlife crisis, that is normal right?! What if halfway through your life, you get magical powers? Wouldn’t that be interesting? The Midlife Elementals Series is not your typical fantasy or paranormal fiction, but it does have some entertaining ideas and brings originality to readers. Luella works at Suntan Queen, in the Marketing Department, heck she started that department, but now its bad news bears for her. She’s been ousted without a rhyme or reason to justify the cause for a firing, but out of a job and with a daughter in college, Luella’s life couldn’t possibly get any worse, could it? Just when anxiety and her nerves can’t handle anymore stress, something happens to her and two of her friends. What she can only presume to be magic, they begin to see strange things like a flying silver dog and lifelike murals that seem like they can leap off the walls…literally! Luella and her friends soon realize they’ve been gifted with elemental magic, but what now? There is still the whole “no job” and “bills to pay” for Luella, and with the additional stress of finding out where these new powers came from, the three women are taken by surprise to find that the answers may be closer than they think. Moseman’s first installment is alluring with elemental magic at play and creativity, but lacks a bit of character development. There are a lot of questions that were left unanswered, or open-ended with no resolve in sight. Some of the characters were rushed in scenes and the full scope of personality or back-story would be more compelling to a reader of this genre. Sands is sensational, with her southern drawl and charm. She livens up the characters and gives the story vibrancy while keeping an acceptable pace. Since this was an audiobook, the review does not critique spelling or grammatical errors; however, by the fluency in narration, it appears the story is well-written and a reader would have little to no issues if reading rather than listening is preferred. With this being the first installment in the Midlife Elementals Series, readers and listeners alike can dive right in. An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Silver Spells by Kate Moseman.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I really liked this book! A new author for me and I will check out her other books. Great characters with a very interesting plot that held my interest and intrigues me many times. Paranormal activities were not over the top but had a sincere and thoughtful place in the story. There were several laugh-out-loud moments and other tender moments. A great read! Amazon's description below is a good start: Luella Campbell is having the weirdest day ever. Getting fired from her job at the sunscreen facto I really liked this book! A new author for me and I will check out her other books. Great characters with a very interesting plot that held my interest and intrigues me many times. Paranormal activities were not over the top but had a sincere and thoughtful place in the story. There were several laugh-out-loud moments and other tender moments. A great read! Amazon's description below is a good start: Luella Campbell is having the weirdest day ever. Getting fired from her job at the sunscreen factory for no good reason is bad enough, but when a mysterious dog brings a tempest into her former workplace, Luella’s life is completely upended by the sudden gift of wild and windy magical powers. With the help of her ride-or-die best friends, her motorcycle-riding mother, and a romantic blast from the past, Luella must find a way to make ends meet while unlocking the mysteries of her newfound magic... and the secrets hidden in the picturesque town of Sparkle Beach. Sometimes, an empty nest means it’s your turn to fly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paranormaly Romantic

    Reviewed at Paranormal-y Romantic Silver Spells begins the Midlife Elementals series with a charming story of life’s unexpected changes – and perhaps a touch of romance in an uncertain future. I liked the story of Luella and her friends, all facing some new challenges at this stage in life – most were completely unexpected. Add a love from the past, unexplainable magical happenings, and a puzzling mystery and you have a story that drew me in and kept me entertained. The element of surprise really d Reviewed at Paranormal-y Romantic Silver Spells begins the Midlife Elementals series with a charming story of life’s unexpected changes – and perhaps a touch of romance in an uncertain future. I liked the story of Luella and her friends, all facing some new challenges at this stage in life – most were completely unexpected. Add a love from the past, unexplainable magical happenings, and a puzzling mystery and you have a story that drew me in and kept me entertained. The element of surprise really did come toward the end of Silver Spells – and I’m still puzzling out parts of the ending. I think I really need to dive into the next story to get all the answers but that’s alright. Like most first books in a series, Luella’s story laid the groundwork to build on and I’m content to wait for the next pieces of the puzzle to fall into place. I enjoyed myself here and will definitely be back for more. I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anaba

    I like paranormal woman fiction a lot and was looking forward to this one. The plot picked me up right away in the first chapter. Not only a relationship can be an anchor in life, a job too. Author Kate Moseman skillfully encompasses the struggle to find a new job and get by on less money. When the main character Luella Campbell lost her job, she got help from her friends and her mother. I loved the friendship between these women and Luellas mother is a unique character. I also liked the relations I like paranormal woman fiction a lot and was looking forward to this one. The plot picked me up right away in the first chapter. Not only a relationship can be an anchor in life, a job too. Author Kate Moseman skillfully encompasses the struggle to find a new job and get by on less money. When the main character Luella Campbell lost her job, she got help from her friends and her mother. I loved the friendship between these women and Luellas mother is a unique character. I also liked the relationship with her ex-husband. Not every divorce has to end terribly. The magic was fascinating, but there could have been more and different reactions from the characters. The story has a sweet romance - it's not very dominant and made me smile. I liked the way the plot went and how it developed. Unfortunately, the problems are solved a little too quick and smooth for my personal taste. The voice of Xe Sands is a perfect cast. She is excellent at portraying the characters. Overall, it was a cozy and entertaining story with interesting characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Freese

    i agree, "nice people doing nice things" you can't go wrong with a book by Kate Moseman and her latest novel, Silver Spells, introduces us to Luella and her clan of best friends. Luella has had a bad day. Its going from Bad to Weird as magic starts to perforate her life in Sparkle Beach. I love the mature ages of the characters, the side characters like the girl called "Red" all showcase strong female friendships and mother daughter bounds. Yes there is Romance but too me that is not what this b i agree, "nice people doing nice things" you can't go wrong with a book by Kate Moseman and her latest novel, Silver Spells, introduces us to Luella and her clan of best friends. Luella has had a bad day. Its going from Bad to Weird as magic starts to perforate her life in Sparkle Beach. I love the mature ages of the characters, the side characters like the girl called "Red" all showcase strong female friendships and mother daughter bounds. Yes there is Romance but too me that is not what this book is about. to me it could be called "Luella tries to get her groove back". i Have seen one star reviews for this novel that say "characters were flat" , "or I really dont see the point of the story" and those reviews upset me, but to each their own I guess. Personally I can't wait till the sequel

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    4.5 stars! A really heartwarming journey into love and magic. Luella’s life seems to be falling apart, and at the same time, the oddest things are happening around her. Strange, mystical dogs that she and her 2 best friends can only see, as well as other animal encounters. As she tries to figure out what’s happening, she and her friends Rose and Pepper lean on their friendship, while a very sweet, adorable flirtation with a blast from her past, help navigate her to the answers. This is an intere 4.5 stars! A really heartwarming journey into love and magic. Luella’s life seems to be falling apart, and at the same time, the oddest things are happening around her. Strange, mystical dogs that she and her 2 best friends can only see, as well as other animal encounters. As she tries to figure out what’s happening, she and her friends Rose and Pepper lean on their friendship, while a very sweet, adorable flirtation with a blast from her past, help navigate her to the answers. This is an interesting story. There isn’t really a “big bad”, it truly is just a story about this woman and finding her magic. Despite any overarching, extreme drama, it is still a compelling and interesting story. The narration is well done, a very well suited voice for Luella, capturing all the emotion she is dealing with. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to more in this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cat -RedInkandCoffee

    Luella's day does not start off well when she is fired from her position of Social Media Manager at Suntan Queen, Sparkle Beach's answer to LeTan. It took me a little while to warm up to Luella, Rose and Pepper, but once I did I could tell they were the "Ride or Die" kind of friends every woman wishes she had in her life. This story unfolds like a flower in the morning sun, showing you piece by piece how the lives of the characters and their magic intertwine. I love the descriptions of Sparkle Beac Luella's day does not start off well when she is fired from her position of Social Media Manager at Suntan Queen, Sparkle Beach's answer to LeTan. It took me a little while to warm up to Luella, Rose and Pepper, but once I did I could tell they were the "Ride or Die" kind of friends every woman wishes she had in her life. This story unfolds like a flower in the morning sun, showing you piece by piece how the lives of the characters and their magic intertwine. I love the descriptions of Sparkle Beach, its community, characters, and hangouts. I would love to visit there sometime. This book is on a different tangent than the last ones I have read by Kate Moseman but is just as intriguing and enjoyable. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Another first time author for me in a genre that I have truly enjoyed. I alternated between listening and reading and honestly, the narrator was a challenge for me so I gave up on the audio and finished the book by reading. This is another one of those that is going to be a trilogy with three women who all of a sudden receive magical powers and the first book is focused on the first woman. The storyline for me was a bit weak. There are some really great entrees in this new genre so I don't want Another first time author for me in a genre that I have truly enjoyed. I alternated between listening and reading and honestly, the narrator was a challenge for me so I gave up on the audio and finished the book by reading. This is another one of those that is going to be a trilogy with three women who all of a sudden receive magical powers and the first book is focused on the first woman. The storyline for me was a bit weak. There are some really great entrees in this new genre so I don't want to be too harsh. I enjoyed this book, I just felt like the storyline was a little superficial with the characters not being as fleshed out as they could have been. The whole "bad guy" situation didn't really make sense to me but I am willing to give the second book a try.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Luella Campbell is having the weirdest day ever. Getting fired from her job at the sunscreen factory for no good reason is bad enough, but when a mysterious dog brings a tempest into her former workplace, Luella’s life is completely upended by the sudden gift of wild and windy magical powers. With the help of her ride-or-die best friends, her motorcycle-riding mother, and a romantic blast from the past, Luella must find a way to make ends meet while unlocking the mysteries of her newfound magic.. Luella Campbell is having the weirdest day ever. Getting fired from her job at the sunscreen factory for no good reason is bad enough, but when a mysterious dog brings a tempest into her former workplace, Luella’s life is completely upended by the sudden gift of wild and windy magical powers. With the help of her ride-or-die best friends, her motorcycle-riding mother, and a romantic blast from the past, Luella must find a way to make ends meet while unlocking the mysteries of her newfound magic... and the secrets hidden in the picturesque town of Sparkle Beach.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather W

    Silver Spells is the first book in the Midlife Elementals series and is a great start to this new series. I found this book to be well written and enjoyable. The characters are well depicted, likable, and realistic. The story is entertaining and has mystery, magic, secrets, romance, family, and the kind of friends every woman would love to have. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Spinneretta

    Good A cute and quirky story, about a forty-something, who suddenly finds herself gifted with an unusual ability! Part paranormal women’s fiction, part rom-com, this book is a quick read, and the first in a series. It will be interesting to see what more is in store for the ride-or-die witches! Recommended for those who enjoy paranormal women’s fiction, paranormal mystery/romance, and urban fantasy books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Frank Bertino

    Bring On The Power Magic can be fun. After a series of traumatic events in her life, Luella discovers that she has magic. She is not freaked out about it and embraces the beauty and joy of it. She meets an old love and experiences feelings long absent. Why does someone keeps messing with her? I like the action, humor, and romance. I look forward to another book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    candel

    This is Good writing The story is fun & believable (in a fantastical kind of way) and it's about relationships. There is a fun & flirty romance - NOT porn. The language is clean, the sentences make sense. I will be reading more of this author. I hope she starts doing the audible accompaniment. This is Good writing The story is fun & believable (in a fantastical kind of way) and it's about relationships. There is a fun & flirty romance - NOT porn. The language is clean, the sentences make sense. I will be reading more of this author. I hope she starts doing the audible accompaniment.

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