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Pub Date 16 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 16 Feb 2024

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In this latest enchanting novel from bestselling magical realism author Jennifer Moorman, a treasure hunt through the past reveals one woman’s extraordinary gift for arranging the future.

The Russell women have always lived in a house that is as special as they are—a century-old Victorian with a radio that tunes itself to the listener’s mood and a pantry that rearranges to provide just the right ingredients for any baking need. Lilith Russell was the exception. She left the family home in Ivy Ridge, Georgia, and has been flitting like a hummingbird from place to place with her daughter, Mattie, in the decades since, only returning each summer to drop Mattie off with Lilith’s sister, Penelope.

When Lilith dies suddenly, Mattie is left without her sole companion and the captain who steered her ship. That is, until she visits Ivy Ridge and learns Lilith charted one last course for Mattie: a series of tasks that she must complete to earn her inheritance, with Penelope overseeing the process.

Both Mattie and Penelope are outraged by Lilith’s seemingly random stipulations: throw a Halloween party, take a local pizza cooking class, share secrets with someone . . . But Mattie soon realizes that if she completes the tasks, she may unearth her mother’s secrets, including the identity of Mattie’s father. She may also discover more about the Russell family “gifts” and why Lilith chose Penelope’s former love to be the executor of the will. She may even learn how and why Jonathan Carlisle, the boy who stole her heart ten summers ago, also happens to be back in town.

Mattie can only hope that Lilith’s final map will finally point her home.


In this latest enchanting novel from bestselling magical realism author Jennifer Moorman, a treasure hunt through the past reveals one woman’s extraordinary gift for arranging the future.

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What an enchanting book!
Love, mysticism, family, friendship, and magic are all here within the pages!
Anyone who is not able to believe the old adage "Everything happens as it is supposed to or meant to be" truly must read this story and meet Lilith, Mattie and their family and friends.. You will definitely be caught up in this amazing group.
It sure made my day!
Thank you to #NetGalley and #Harper Muse for this special ARC and allowing me to read and provide my own review. Well done!

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A fun escape into an enchanted house where hearts heal, relationships are repaired, and magic is all around.

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First, thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book early in exchange for an honest review.

Romance with no spice
Magic and a magical house

This book was amazing for me. It's a cozy book, filled with family, love, grief and magic. This heart warming story follows Mattie and her family while they work through their grief with different tasks to help them find their way to find happiness.

This story has different POVs including the POV of a love interest.

I love that the house is a character of its own, and I enjoyed the simple magical abilities the Russell family has and how different they were among each other.

If you're looking for a book that brings you joy and comfort this is the book to read. I really enjoyed reading this book and I love how everything had a purpose and was connected.

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The Magic All Around by Jennifer Moorman

Mattie's journey to heal and repair in a magic place where she understood her Father and learned to appreciate her true-self. I love this and enjoy it very much. 10/10

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I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook.
This is my second novel by Mrs. Moorman. I really enjoyed it a lot. If you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen then you will not be able to put this book down.
This novel when you open it up on the first page just hugs you like good southern comfort food. It just satisfies your soul! Highly recommend.

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I enjoyed this novel even more than Jennifer Moorman's previous novel.

"The Magic All Around" is an enchanting story that highlights the transformative power of love and family. All of the characters are super entertaining, and you can tell Moorman crafted their characteristics with a lot of forethought and planning. I especially enjoyed following along Mattie's journey. The tasks she must complete keep the story moving in a lovely way and she really changes as she unravels various family secrets. The romance storyline is sweet and heartwarming.

Recommended for fans of the wonderful Sarah Addison Allen.

I look forward to more from this author.

I received a complimentary e-galley from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review; all opinions are my own.

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I have never read a more accurate description from a publisher than this, "This enchanting and whimsical tale of mothers and daughters, home, and love will open readers’ eyes to the magic all around them." I absolutely adored this novel of family and magic. The small town atmosphere and quirky characters held my interest long after the last page. As a person who lost their mother too young myself, this book really touched me and I more than enjoyed watching Mattie learn to engage with the outside world in a new way and reframe what her future could be.

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The Magic All Around is cozy, comforting, and of course full of magic. Its one neck of an enjoyable read.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced digital copy.

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The title of this novel is so aptly fit because it is so magical. As I was reading this book I felt both my heart and mind expanding. I didn’t want the beautiful story to end

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What a lovely book! For fans of light romance, magic and small town goodness. If you enjoy books by Heather Webber and Sarah Addison Allen, you'll enjoy this one.

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What a lovely novel about family, love and many other things.
I enjoyed this so much that parts of it made me cry. You'll definitely want a box of tissues.
For a long time I felt like Mattie after her mom passed away. Where was home? This was what Mattie was sent on her life's journey to find out what it meant. I loved how Lilith left many clues. In a way it's almost like a squavenger hunt for clues as to who Mattie really is.
In some ways I'm still questioning it. Is it where your heart is? Is it where you come from or where God is?
I liked to think it's where God is.
The author has done very well with this delightful novel. It started out slowly so I almost didn't finish it but now I'm glad I did. I really did enjoy this sweet novel of love and family.
5 stars for a job well done and for leaving my heart full and satisfied.

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Jennifer Moorman's "The Magic All Around" is a heartwarming book with a healthy dose of magic. The story is told from the perspective of Penelope, her niece Mattie, and Mattie's high school sweetheart, Jonathan. Now grown up, Mattie and Jonathan reconnect when Mattie's mother and Penelope's sister, Lilith, unexpectedly passes away. Mattie expects to pop in for the funeral and disappear again, but she learns that Lilith planned a series of seemingly arbitrary tasks she has to complete before receiving her inheritance. As aunt and niece reconnect, they both rediscover love -- and themselves -- in a variety of ways.

There are no high-conflict scenes or shocking plot twists in this story, and that's the fun of it. It's like drinking a warm cup of tea: simple, comforting, and delicious. The characters are unique and believable and the story is engaging. I'll be buying a copy for my sister-in-law to enjoy as well. 5 stars!

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Encanto for adults! The Magic All Around was such a magical book. It's right there in the title, but I also felt so enchanted with the characters and storyline within its pages. The way everything comes together was perfectly done. I spent a chunk of time thinking about Lilith, especially, long after the book concluded. Pick this book up if you're looking to smile!

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An enchanting story of magic swirling around family secrets, doubts, and love. The will of Lillith, Mattie’s mother and Penelope’s sister, is full of riddles that baffle Mattie and Penelope. It draws them to analyze their choices and face a different reality. Along the way, Mattie reconnects with Jonathan-a boy she dreamed of long ago, now a man. Is everything that happens a coincidence or something magically orchestrated by Lillith? A truly bewitching novel.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Thank you NetGalley for an ARC or The Magic All Around by Jennifer Moorman. This was my first book by this author and it won’t be my last. This is a feel good story with a bunch magic thrown in for fun! The characters are all likable and believable. All the main characters are women with lots of personality. I will be recommending this book!

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The Magic All Around by Jennifer Moorman Review by Shirley W November 24, 2023

Mattie, the young female protagonist is left alone and a bit adrift after her mother, Lilith suddenly dies. She returns to where she enjoyed family love and protection with her two aunts, Sophia and Penelope and assorted relatives in Ivy Ridge, Georgia. The family lives in an old Victorian home that is enchanted with an old radio that seems to know the resident’s moods, and makes unusual sounds and movements. Mattie is not sure where she is headed, but her mother left a will with certain tasks she must complete before she receives a substantial inheritance. Jonathan is the next door neighbor’s son, now grown up, who remembers a chance encounter with Mattie 10 years ago. Sparks fly as they remember each other and get reacquainted again while they are both in Ivy Ridge for a few months.

A delightful, quick read that holds your attention and peaks your imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed this amusing book!

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What a very special, fun read this woman’s fiction is. I simply loved it. There is magic all around Mattie as she returns home for her beloved mother’s funeral. Even the house is a character in the book. Mattie finds out she has to complete some very unusual tasks in order to claim her inheritance. Most of the tasks require her to spend time with family, friends and ex-loves in the small town that she loved as a child. The radio in the house plays random music that fits the atmosphere. The pantry rearranges itself to provide meal plans, and there is a mysterious phone that never rings and so much more. Jennifer Moorman weaves a spell of magic in the heart of the reader and had me hooked from the start. Even the cover of this book gets 5 stars. Do not miss this book. Book clubs will love it.

I wish to thank NetGalley and Harper Muse Publishers for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This was sooooo good! Everything I love in a story- great female lead, Magic, adventure and a bit of romance. Will be easy to talk this one up!!!

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I just finished this book and wow. I was heading into a reading slump and jumping between several books, none of which could keep my attention. Once I started this thar slump was over!
I lived all the characters in the book, and especially the house. What I would give to live in a house that charming!
I immediately went to fond more books by Jennifer and was pleased to see there are several. Now I just have to figure out which one will be next!

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