The Catalain Book of Secrets

The Catalain Book of Secrets

?The Catalain Book of Secrets opens with a bang and keeps on firing off the unexpected. Think Charles deLint or Alice Hoffman?spell-binding.? ?Midwest Book Review Faith Falls is a snug little Minnesota town constructed over a mystery, a place where the most impressive building is a gorgeous Queen Anne with turrets, cantilevered gables, and a wraparound porch. In a concealed ?The Catalain Book of Secrets opens with a bang and keeps on firing off the unexpected. Think Charles deLin...

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Title:The Catalain Book of Secrets
Author:Jessica Lourey
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B00P9GYPVK
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:269 pages pages

The Catalain Book of Secrets Reviews

  • Elana
    Jul 26, 2016

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________________________________________ This is a beautiful tale of family bonds, strong women, and the power of letting go an...

    An interesting family drama with no small debt to Magical Realism, I enjoyed this book and its characters. Although they're not all given the same amount of development, they are all quite complex people and I'd definitely like to read more about them. I'm happy to see there's already ...

    Normally, I don't really read books like this. However, I was introduced to this book at a local book store in Minneapolis. First off, I absolutely love the cover. It's stunning. It's easy to get entranced into reading this book based off the cover alone. This book takes place ...

    I confess. I received this book as an offering for taking part in the Kickstarter campaign that made it possible. At that time, I just wanted to support a fellow author. I had no idea how much I would love this book. The genre is magical realism but truly, it's just plain magic. The ...

    So this book reminded me strongly of the movie Practical Magic, with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. I gather it's also a well-known book by Alice Hoffman, but...well, I didn't know. :) In The Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of women are the odd ones in their small, Minnesota ...

    I'm a sucker for magical realism, a la Sarah Addison Allen. THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS met my expectations. It's a feel-good novel about four generations of females who all have special powers. As you'd no doubt expect, these gifts lead to them being outsiders in their small town. ...

  • Julianna
    May 02, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

  • Terri
    Dec 15, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________________________________________ This is a beautiful tale of family bonds, strong women, and the power of letting go an...

    An interesting family drama with no small debt to Magical Realism, I enjoyed this book and its characters. Although they're not all given the same amount of development, they are all quite complex people and I'd definitely like to read more about them. I'm happy to see there's already ...

    Normally, I don't really read books like this. However, I was introduced to this book at a local book store in Minneapolis. First off, I absolutely love the cover. It's stunning. It's easy to get entranced into reading this book based off the cover alone. This book takes place ...

    I confess. I received this book as an offering for taking part in the Kickstarter campaign that made it possible. At that time, I just wanted to support a fellow author. I had no idea how much I would love this book. The genre is magical realism but truly, it's just plain magic. The ...

  • Emily
    Jan 21, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    Dec 02, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

  • Sue
    Aug 16, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

  • Q2
    Jan 07, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________________________________________ This is a beautiful tale of family bonds, strong women, and the power of letting go an...

    An interesting family drama with no small debt to Magical Realism, I enjoyed this book and its characters. Although they're not all given the same amount of development, they are all quite complex people and I'd definitely like to read more about them. I'm happy to see there's already ...

    Normally, I don't really read books like this. However, I was introduced to this book at a local book store in Minneapolis. First off, I absolutely love the cover. It's stunning. It's easy to get entranced into reading this book based off the cover alone. This book takes place ...

    I confess. I received this book as an offering for taking part in the Kickstarter campaign that made it possible. At that time, I just wanted to support a fellow author. I had no idea how much I would love this book. The genre is magical realism but truly, it's just plain magic. The ...

    So this book reminded me strongly of the movie Practical Magic, with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. I gather it's also a well-known book by Alice Hoffman, but...well, I didn't know. :) In The Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of women are the odd ones in their small, Minnesota ...

  • Jessica
    Jan 23, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

  • Deborah
    Aug 19, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

  • Melissa Lindsey
    Jan 01, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

  • Katy Hill
    Apr 29, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________________________________________ This is a beautiful tale of family bonds, strong women, and the power of letting go an...

    An interesting family drama with no small debt to Magical Realism, I enjoyed this book and its characters. Although they're not all given the same amount of development, they are all quite complex people and I'd definitely like to read more about them. I'm happy to see there's already ...

    Normally, I don't really read books like this. However, I was introduced to this book at a local book store in Minneapolis. First off, I absolutely love the cover. It's stunning. It's easy to get entranced into reading this book based off the cover alone. This book takes place ...

    I confess. I received this book as an offering for taking part in the Kickstarter campaign that made it possible. At that time, I just wanted to support a fellow author. I had no idea how much I would love this book. The genre is magical realism but truly, it's just plain magic. The ...

    So this book reminded me strongly of the movie Practical Magic, with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. I gather it's also a well-known book by Alice Hoffman, but...well, I didn't know. :) In The Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of women are the odd ones in their small, Minnesota ...

    I'm a sucker for magical realism, a la Sarah Addison Allen. THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS met my expectations. It's a feel-good novel about four generations of females who all have special powers. As you'd no doubt expect, these gifts lead to them being outsiders in their small town. ...

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Magical Realism is what pulled me into reading this novel. I love the genre and when I read the synopsis I was intrigued. I thought the novel was written beautifully with many metaphors and intricate details. ...

  • Sherry Roberts
    Jan 14, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

  • Zoe Brooks
    Mar 15, 2016

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

  • Kristina
    Feb 24, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

  • Heather Lawson
    Dec 27, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________________________________________ This is a beautiful tale of family bonds, strong women, and the power of letting go an...

  • Alysa H.
    Dec 02, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________________________________________ This is a beautiful tale of family bonds, strong women, and the power of letting go an...

    An interesting family drama with no small debt to Magical Realism, I enjoyed this book and its characters. Although they're not all given the same amount of development, they are all quite complex people and I'd definitely like to read more about them. I'm happy to see there's already ...

  • Anne Monteith
    Jun 18, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

  • Gena DeBardelaben
    Dec 18, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

  • Darth J
    May 11, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

  • Erin
    Feb 11, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

  • Lauren
    Dec 10, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

  • Koeur
    Dec 10, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

  • Kristina
    Dec 03, 2014

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

  • Marsha Spohn
    Mar 13, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

  • Mariah
    Jun 13, 2015

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

    This is a beautifully written story about family, the power of love and the damage that can be done by a parent even when they are trying their best to be better than their own parents were but they?ve built walls that aren?t easy to penetrate. The writing was so provocative tha...

    The description makes major claims: a book that is in the style of Garden Spells (by Sarah Addison Lee), Eva Luna (Isabel Allende) and Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman). The trouble is that whilst all three of these books are magic realist books with strong female characters they are ver...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets is one of those books that has me torn. Magical Realism is a genre that I was introduced to only recently. Sarah Addison Allen quickly fueled my love of these books. Being able to escape to somewhere that is so like home, and yet infinitely more interesting...

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Sometimes a novel stumps me on how to share my thought about it with you. Sometimes I don?t really want to share at all ? because I want you to make your own judgement, experience the words, the atmosphere, the story all on your own. I kn...

    I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is like Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman meets Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen . Ursula Catalain uses her garden to create spells in which to help anyone who comes to her door. Her daughter Jasmine, ...

    I'm not sure how to come up with words to do this book justice---magical? Intriguing? Eccentric? It was a fantastic read, full of rich detail and beautiful metaphor. In fact, the only reason I bumped a star off of this book was because it had too many metaphors and too much flowery ...

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________________________________________ This is a beautiful tale of family bonds, strong women, and the power of letting go an...

    An interesting family drama with no small debt to Magical Realism, I enjoyed this book and its characters. Although they're not all given the same amount of development, they are all quite complex people and I'd definitely like to read more about them. I'm happy to see there's already ...

    Normally, I don't really read books like this. However, I was introduced to this book at a local book store in Minneapolis. First off, I absolutely love the cover. It's stunning. It's easy to get entranced into reading this book based off the cover alone. This book takes place ...

  • Cher
    Jul 30, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

  • Lori Weyrick
    Jul 31, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

  • Jill Hall
    Sep 10, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

  • Jessica Stowell
    Sep 26, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...

    I guess I've been reading more books lately that I know are going to be "bad" as a way of managing stress. I think that's fine and valid. This wasn't particularly fun to read though, I was hoping it would be a ridiculous but fun romp like the "Discovery of Witches" series but it was ov...

    Not worth the 99 I paid for this... Hard to believe that this was written by a seasoned author....started off well but bogged down in the middle and became tedious and boring...kept reading in hopes that it would get better... It didn't....waste of time ...

    Similar to Practical Magic, but with a generational twist that adds a lot of depth. I enjoyed the description of magic and akin to love. ...

    I love books about witches and magic, but this one...meh! ...

    Practical Magic? This was a cute, but pretty predictable story that has many similarities to Practical Magic. If you liked that book, you?ll love this one. ...

  • Shari Ring Wolf
    Aug 05, 2018

    The Amateur Witching Hour This was the blurb that made me want to read this book: Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women?s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, Eva Luna, and Pr...

    Lourey, a successful murder-mystery author, has begun a promising foray into magical realism with this tale. While maybe a bit too reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, particularly Practical Magic, the story is strong, the characters are engaging, and the premise is promising. Katrine Cata...

    http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/12/19... Publisher: Toadhouse Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780990834212 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 1.5/5 Publisher Description: Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cott...

    "It's only possible to provide help when it's asked for. The rest of the time, all you can give is love." (My favorite quote from the book) Four generations of women are living alone with their guilt/grief/personal demons. Each also has a unique gift to help them navigate the wo...

    I contributed to the Kickstarter project that made this book possible, and I am so glad that I did. In Jessica Lourey's Catalain Book of Secrets, a family of witches fight a curse in Faith Falls, a snug little Minnesota town that is disrupted every 25 years by an eruption of snakes and...

    The Catalain Book of Secrets by Jessica Lourey is a delightful and magical book! The Catalain ladies are magical. Velda, Ursula, Helena, Xenia, Katrine, Jasmine, and Tara are the Catalain women. Each has their own magical gift. Katrine has been gone from Faith Falls for a number of yea...

    My favorite part of this novel? The first line. Killer first line. It pulled me right in. That and the food descriptions. Oh, there is lots of lovely food in here. It's a good story, filled with magic and sister-drama. Lots of small town life, too. I love magic, so I would ha...

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The writing itself was a bit disjointed and seemed to assume the reader knew these characters as well as the author did. Skipping past that, you are then faced with the rampant promiscuity of the Catalain family. ...

    ***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** DNF 12% There is nothing terribly wrong with this book. I found it boring and knew early on it was not a book for me. I think women who have gone through a divorce and enjoy magi...

    A truly enjoyable magical book, tossing in family dynamics, small town Minnesota, and more. Quite often, I feel that the publisher's blurb, comparing a book to other well-known books in the same genre, is a disservice. The Catalain Book of Secrets was compared to Practical Magic, wh...

    Magical! If you liked Alice Hoffman?s The Rules of Magic you?ll love Jessica Lourey?s The Catalain Book of Secrets. Written in beautiful poetic language it is filled with heart, humor and wisdom. From the intriguing first sentence to the suspenseful conclusion I was enthralled...

    Sheer beauty in writing This is not really a genre of books I read, but I loved this one because of the amazing writing. Descriptive sentences are poetry, but do not overpower the story. The pages from the original Book of Secrets were great! Lots of practical advice for living a go...