“Preston believed true love was the closest humans ever got to magic. But hes only partially right. Magic doesn't solely come from true love; it's around us every day, in the love of our friends and family as well.”
~Maggie, EVERYDAY MAGIC
Maggie McKendrick wants to be a fashion designer, but her famous Hollywood father would rather she become an entertainment lawyer. He plans everything in her life, down to who she's seen with and where she goes in public. Maggie is sick and tired of it; she only wants a quiet life out of the Hollywood spotlight. When her family goes to Scottland for a new film, Maggie meets Preston...and knows she can never, ever fall for him, especially since her father wants her to pretend to be in a relationship with Hollywood It-Boy Ben Chambers. When Maggie tries to tell her father she wants to go to fashion design school, he blackmails her into dating Ben, which means what could have been with Preston is no longer possible...unless Maggie can learn to stand up to her abusive father once and for all. Can she have her dreams AND keep her family safe from retaliation?
I liked that this was the OPPOSITE of the traditional Hollywood story. It wasn't about an actor/singer/whatever coming to town and falling for the local girl. It wasn't about a girl's dreams of going to Hollywood/Nashville and making it big suddenly coming true. Instead, it was about a girl who had grown up in Hollywood and wanted OUT. She wanted to live her own life. EVERYDAY MAGIC isn't so much a story about Hollywood---that's more of the backdrop. It's about life, about family, about discovering yourself. It can fit into both YA and New Adult; there's no sexytimes, so younger readers will enjoy it, but there's enough romance to appeal to older readers as well!
EVERYDAY MAGIC is a companion to THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, and the couple from that book actually has a rather large presence in the back-half of this book. But I never felt like I HAD to read the first book to read this one, especially since it didn't impact most of the story. But I WOULD like to go back and read it now and see how that couple got together...plus, it's a "royalty trope" book, so bonus!! I would have thought it was cool to see a couple I'd rooted for back in the new book if I'd read in order, so fans of the first book will be very pleased!
I really liked how natural Maggie's relationship with Preston felt. Preston was just the kind of guy that would be easy to fall in love with. He was really endearing to me, and I got excited every time he popped up on the page! It makes me want to go back and read THE HEIR AND THE SPARE even more now because Preston will be popping up as a secondary character! There wasn't TOO much drama going on, which made me happy, because contemporary NA can be very drama-llama. I'm not always a huge contemporary fan, but this one worked for me. Overall, I was really happy with how everything came together, and read the whole book very fast!
EVERYDAY MAGIC comes out next month on December 2nd, so add it to your TBR now so you'll remember to pick it up in a month! Add some everyday, ordinary magic to your life this December--or give it to a loved one for the holidays!
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