by Annette Blair

October 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19881-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Salem, Massachusetts has always been the place where magic seems to abound. In Annette Blairís wonderful contemporary The Kitchen Witch, magic sparkles as two people find each other and fall in love.

Logan Kilgarven has returned to his childhood stomping grounds of Salem. Heís looking for stability and a wonderful place to raise his son. Trying to out-run a past heís embarrassed about, heís working at a TV station as a producer. When he canít find a sitter for his young son, Logan turns to his downstairs neighbor for help. With her vintage clothes and flighty personality, Melody is the least stable person he could think of to expose his son to.

Melody Seabright agrees to baby-sit Loganís son only after he agrees to get her an interview with his boss. When the interview is done, Melody has her own cooking show. There is only one small problem. She canít cook. That isnít going to stop her from doing her best to keep the show. The more time she spends with Logan and his son, the more she realizes she just might be falling in love with the straight laced, pin-striped wearing man.

Is there any way a woman living life on her own terms and a man who longs for stability, find a forever kind of love?

This is romantic comedy at its most subtle and finest. Melody is a wonderful character with a warm personality. She has her own baggage, but tries not to let it weigh her down too much. She sparkles with her own brand of magic. Logan is a sensitive hero who shows his true depth by the love he lavishes on his son. Both characters are able to grow during the story. They come to find truths hidden inside of them that make them strong enough to reach out for love. The secondary characters are nicely developed. The pace is steady and satisfying. Magic and love are woven into the story with a deft touch.

If you believe that magic and love go hand in hand, pick up Annette Blairís newest book and be prepared to spend the afternoon enjoying Melody and Loganís search for love.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Jenni.

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