Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Miss Spelled by Sarah Belle

Release Date: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter


Magic realism mixes with romantic comedy in this new novel from Sarah Belle about the dangers of internet shopping – and using magic to solve real world problems.

Lou’s life is perfect. She loves her job, her renovated house, and most of all, her gorgeous fiancé, Aidan. But when her old flame and Aidan’s school yard nemesis turn out to be the same person, Hunter Wincott, Lou’s life is blown apart. She must divulge her secret past, or have Hunter give it away. Either way, she runs the real risk of losing Aidan.
In desperation, she turns to Google. A quick search turns up Majique, the Internet Witch, and a spell that will delete herself from Hunter’s memory. But something goes wrong in the casting process, and Lou deletes much more than just a memory. She deletes herself from her life completely.
Luckily, there’s a one-week window for Lou to get back to the life she loved. One week to win back Aidan, before he walks down the aisle with the wrong woman, and damns everyone to a lifetime of misery. It would be easy, if only Aidan had any idea who Lou actually is.



Surprisingly good book, especially considering I don't normally tend to like chick-lit!
In fact, all of the problems I normally have with this genre...aren't there. 
There's no obnoxious friend that I want the heroine to kick to the curb.
But normally the MC just listens to their horrible advice and smiles...
There's no awful passive-aggressive family that needs to be put in their place.
But normally the MC just coasts through the story oblivious...
Miss Spelled features a likable heroine, an awesome I'll-Help-You-Hide-The-Body best friend, and a family who (although not perfect) are supportive and loving.

Bonus? 
It's funny! And not in that stupid 'Tee-Hee! Let's get drunk and talk about vibrators!' kind of way.
This one actually made me laugh out loud (or as the kids say...LOL) a few times. 

The best part was that I was totally wrong about how the story would play out.
Read the blurb, and then tell me if this isn't what you would assume is going to happen:
Aidan isn't really Mr. Perfect, and Lou finds out that maybe Hunter is the man she was supposed to end up with. At the end, Lou finds a way to reverse the spell and win Aidan back...only to realize that what she REALLY wants isn't so clear-cut.
'Cause that's The Formula that I've come to count on when I read these books.
I'm not going to even hint around at what actually happens in this one, because half of the reason I liked this so much was due to the way it unfolded.
But.
The premise (while maybe not terribly original) is this:
What if you went back and erased your biggest mistake?
In Lou's case, it's the relationship she had with a philandering asshole, who turns out to be her fiance's worst enemy. She tries to convince Hunter not to reveal their past relationship, but the visit turns into a debacle that could ruin her relationship with Aidan.
Desperate, and low on options, she follows the advice of her best friend and buys a magic spell off of the internet. The spell is supposed to erase her from Hunter's mind, but by not following the instructions that came with the spell, she ends up doing more than that.

Alright. I'm sure I'm not the only person who's thought that things would be better if only I hadn't done that One Thing. And, of course, if I had a time machine, I could change it!
Except.
When I really think about it, if I hadn't done A, I wouldn't have ended up at the corner of B, which led to C Street. When I  tried to cross C street, I got hit by a semi. That sorta sucked, and I had to go to D for extensive rehab on my legs. I stayed at D until I could walk again, and when I could, I found a job at E. The job at E was almost as bad as the rehab, but I met a nice guy named F there. He was blown away by my sheer awesomeness, and 13 years later... FG, H, J, K, and I are quite happy together.
Ok, you see my point. It's not just the things you did right, that led you to the things you couldn't live without.
And that's what Lou finds out, too.

It's a fun, funny, light-hearted romance...with just a hint of magic.
Ladies and gentlemen, Anne has found a Chick-Lit WINNER!


2 comments:

readwritelove28.com said...

That sounds great! I just added it to my TBR list!

ANNE HANNAH said...

Yay! I hope you like it! Let me know what you think, once you read it.

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