The Catalain Book of Secrets ( The Catalain Book of Secrets)

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 ( The Catalain Book of Secrets)
Author:Jess 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 ( 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

  • Cathy
    Jan 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I guess overall it was a nice read about a family over coming past hurts and re-learning what it means to be there for each other and to accept each oth...

    I was given a free galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. A drama filled tale of a magical family, we first learn about the difficulties that each of the women in the family have faced. We begin to feel a connection to the wo...

    REVIEW: THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS A delightful, entrancing, and very magical tale (in many senses), this story offers immediate full suspension of disbelief, as comfortably as slipping into a pond of cool water on a hot summer afternoon. A female lineage of witches, as powerful a...

    This book was provided to me to review by net galley.com. Darn it, I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm a huge urban fantasy/fantasy/paranormal fan and I live in Minnesota -this book should have been perfect for me. It was not. It's not a bad book, it's just not a great b...

    I was going to say I enjoyed this story of strong women, but the truth is that these women weren't strong. They were keeping secrets and those secrets weakened them. It wasn't until they were willing to let those go, to be weak, that they found strength. The story was predictable, but ...

    Quite entertaining. Magic isn't my favorite topic, but occasionally I enjoy a magic-related book. I read that the author crowd-funded self-publishing this even though she'd already been successfully published as a mystery writer. It mystifies me she couldn't find a publisher because th...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

  • Ann
    Jan 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

  • Shelly
    Nov 21, 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I guess overall it was a nice read about a family over coming past hurts and re-learning what it means to be there for each other and to accept each oth...

    I was given a free galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. A drama filled tale of a magical family, we first learn about the difficulties that each of the women in the family have faced. We begin to feel a connection to the wo...

    REVIEW: THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS A delightful, entrancing, and very magical tale (in many senses), this story offers immediate full suspension of disbelief, as comfortably as slipping into a pond of cool water on a hot summer afternoon. A female lineage of witches, as powerful a...

    This book was provided to me to review by net galley.com. Darn it, I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm a huge urban fantasy/fantasy/paranormal fan and I live in Minnesota -this book should have been perfect for me. It was not. It's not a bad book, it's just not a great b...

    I was going to say I enjoyed this story of strong women, but the truth is that these women weren't strong. They were keeping secrets and those secrets weakened them. It wasn't until they were willing to let those go, to be weak, that they found strength. The story was predictable, but ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

  • February For Weird Fiction  The Haunted Reading Room
    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I guess overall it was a nice read about a family over coming past hurts and re-learning what it means to be there for each other and to accept each oth...

    I was given a free galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. A drama filled tale of a magical family, we first learn about the difficulties that each of the women in the family have faced. We begin to feel a connection to the wo...

    REVIEW: THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS A delightful, entrancing, and very magical tale (in many senses), this story offers immediate full suspension of disbelief, as comfortably as slipping into a pond of cool water on a hot summer afternoon. A female lineage of witches, as powerful a...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

  • Katie
    Jan 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I guess overall it was a nice read about a family over coming past hurts and re-learning what it means to be there for each other and to accept each oth...

    I was given a free galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. A drama filled tale of a magical family, we first learn about the difficulties that each of the women in the family have faced. We begin to feel a connection to the wo...

    REVIEW: THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS A delightful, entrancing, and very magical tale (in many senses), this story offers immediate full suspension of disbelief, as comfortably as slipping into a pond of cool water on a hot summer afternoon. A female lineage of witches, as powerful a...

    This book was provided to me to review by net galley.com. Darn it, I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm a huge urban fantasy/fantasy/paranormal fan and I live in Minnesota -this book should have been perfect for me. It was not. It's not a bad book, it's just not a great b...

    I was going to say I enjoyed this story of strong women, but the truth is that these women weren't strong. They were keeping secrets and those secrets weakened them. It wasn't until they were willing to let those go, to be weak, that they found strength. The story was predictable, but ...

    Quite entertaining. Magic isn't my favorite topic, but occasionally I enjoy a magic-related book. I read that the author crowd-funded self-publishing this even though she'd already been successfully published as a mystery writer. It mystifies me she couldn't find a publisher because th...

    If you like the movie Practical Magic and want something just like it, this book is for you. I picked it up because one of the main characters is the Queen Anne style house the family lives in (really, it is) and I grew up in one, too, so I was hoping for some serious descriptions of t...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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. ...

  • Rachel
    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I guess overall it was a nice read about a family over coming past hurts and re-learning what it means to be there for each other and to accept each oth...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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, ...

  • Pam
    Dec 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I guess overall it was a nice read about a family over coming past hurts and re-learning what it means to be there for each other and to accept each oth...

    I was given a free galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. A drama filled tale of a magical family, we first learn about the difficulties that each of the women in the family have faced. We begin to feel a connection to the wo...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 ...

  • Rio
    Mar 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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. ...

    The Catalain family has lived in Faith Falls, Minnesota for many generations. Right now, Ursula is in charge of their book of secrets. There are 6 Catalain women living in Faith Falls and all 6 must use their powers to get rid of the Ghost who has come back to reinforce the curse he pu...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I guess overall it was a nice read about a family over coming past hurts and re-learning what it means to be there for each other and to accept each oth...

    I was given a free galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. A drama filled tale of a magical family, we first learn about the difficulties that each of the women in the family have faced. We begin to feel a connection to the wo...

    REVIEW: THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS A delightful, entrancing, and very magical tale (in many senses), this story offers immediate full suspension of disbelief, as comfortably as slipping into a pond of cool water on a hot summer afternoon. A female lineage of witches, as powerful a...

    This book was provided to me to review by net galley.com. Darn it, I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm a huge urban fantasy/fantasy/paranormal fan and I live in Minnesota -this book should have been perfect for me. It was not. It's not a bad book, it's just not a great b...