Friday 2 September 2022

Audio review: Small town, Big Magic by Hazel Beck

Narrated by: Natalie Duke

Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins

Release date: 08-23-22

Publisher: Harlequin Audio

Paranormal fiction /to review

Conflicted feelings about this one:

It was an interesting town, many witches live there. But no one knows, not even the main character. Oh but she too is a witch! They just erased her memories. Oh and all her friends are witches. I did feel more should have been shown on the emotional impact it must have had on them for 10 years to lie to their friend. Also that ruling coven were a bunch of bitches! A real witch could blab her mouth as fast as someone not with powers. No need to change poor Emerson's life!

I think book 2 will be even more interesting since now we know there are witches and strange things.

The bad guy was not that good. Like why all the hate man? Srsly, what was his deal?! Total creep.

Weird things I thought about while reading. Since this is a small town, and she knows everyone, and does not seem to be dating....why did you never hook up earlier with that guy you have liked forever?! People! Anyway, my point was, it felt like she has not hooked up with anyone in the last 10 years. Emerson was always working, or working to make the town better. Woman needs to chill a but. Which she does wink wink.

But yes bad things are happening, the town might fall. Evil lurks in the shadows.

My problem was, the friends seemed nice, Emerson, eh, not so much. I never connected to her. I liked her sister more and she was hardly in the book. And I did not get why they just could not tell people about her powers. I mean I get it but come on.

The narration was good. All her voices and impact really made it flow.

Emerson Wilde has built the life of her dreams. Youngest Chamber of Commerce president in St. Cyprian history, successful indie bookstore owner, and lucky enough to have her best friends as found family? Done. But when Emerson is attacked by creatures that shouldn’t be real, and kills them with what can only be called magic, Emerson finds that the past decade of her life has been…a lie. St. Cyprian isn't your average Midwestern river town—it’s a haven for witches. When Emerson failed a power test years ago, she was stripped of her magical memories. Turns out, Emerson’s friends are all witches. And so is she.

That's not all, though: evil is lurking in the charming streets of St. Cyprian. Emerson will need to learn to control what’s inside of her, remember her magic, and deal with complicated old feelings for her childhood friend—cranky-yet-gorgeous local farmer Jacob North—to defeat an enemy that hides in the rivers and shadows of everything she loves.

Even before she had magic, Emerson would have done anything for St. Cyprian, but now she’ll have to risk not just her livelihood…but her life.


  1. Yeah it's hard when you can't connect with the star of the show. Thanks for sharing

  2. This sounds intriguing! I've never heard of the book but I would never say no to something witchy.

  3. Wait, she's a witch but doesn't know she is a witch? I am curious.

  4. I would be mad if someone tampered with my memories.

  5. Hmmmm. Seems like I might like it, but I'll wait to hear your thoughts on book 2 first.

  6. ooooo gotta love conflicting feelings



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