The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic
TikTok made me buy it! A magical, spellbinding romance for autumn 2023
by Breanne Randall
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 04 Nov 2023
Aria & Aries, Aria
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller
For fans of Practical Magic and Gilmore Girls this charming debut novel and TikTok sensation is packed full of romance, charm and plenty of magic . . .
Revelare witches are cursed. As long as they use their magic, they are doomed to four heartbreaks.
So far, Sadie Revelare has experienced three – the devastating departure of her mother and the loss of her brother. And the most painful heartbreak of all: Jake McNealy, her first love. Ever since, Sadie has done everything she can to protect herself from more pain.
But now Sadie's beloved grandmother is sick. And without her, Sadie isn't sure she will have the strength to keep her family and her magic together.
As Sadie’s carefully structured life begins to unravel, Jake returns to town after a decade away. And in the face of a final heartbreak that could tear Sadie apart, she must decide once and for all: is love more important than magic?
The perfect read for anyone looking for a cosy and warm, witchy novel to curl up with this autumn.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 80 members
I saw another book lover review this book and she said "this book felt like a warm hug from an old friend" and this is exactly how I feel so thank you Jo (from Goodreads) for taking the words out of my head haha. It’s cozy and comforting and I couldn’t put it down, I enjoyed every page and every recipe.
There is a strong sense of friendship and family and the author makes you feel like you are part of them both and you felt all the emotions Sadie felt. Although some of the plot twists, and storylines were predictable I didn’t feel that that ruined the story or reading experience for me.
I loved the magic system, how every family member receives something different and unique. Sadie’s magic allowed her to manipulate emotions, physical ailments and behaviours through food – baking and cooking. Her and her grandmother, Gigi, own a café/bakery in town and her magic is put to good use!
What I loved about this is how immersive it is, between the authors words and the additions of the recipes you really feel a part of the world and throughout the whole book you feel like you are wrapped up in a blanket of love from Gigi.
Don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two, the book title has literally “heartbreak” in it.
If you are into a cozy book, full of magic, fantasy, beautiful friendships and family, characters that are relatable, a love with a handsome firefighter this is your book. It explores family bonds, second chance romances, grief, heartbreak and also allows you to bake and experience some of the recipes explained in the story.
Easily a 5 ⭐️ read for me and would happily read it again.
Thank you to Netgalley and the author/publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book (via E-Book) in exchange for an honest review before its publication date.
Thank you Aria & Aries and NetGalley for the opportunity to receive this ARC.
Witchy romance books are my favourite type of book. They are your romance books mixed with the authors unique approach to what magic is. This books magical lore is unique to each individual character, some characters magic was earth based, other’s were emotions based, creating an even wider universe of magic.
I love that this book centres around hope. The hope of finding love, of saving your family, of rebuilding bonds and discovering who you are.
Also, couldn’t not mention the beautiful receipts slotted between each chapter. A lovely unique edition to the story.
I hope the author writes a second book, as the ending was left open.
Faced as a child between a curse of four heartbreaks, or losing her magic, Sadie chose her magic. Two agonising heartbreaks later she is faced with an old love returned, misfortune and her grandmother's impending death.
I initially struggled to focus on the story, I was so entranced by the poetic way in which it was written. This quickly passed, and I was captivated by the will-they-won't-they of a returned love, the tragedy of a dying relative, and Sadie's struggle to let anyone in.
A family reunited by grief, magic and heartbreak. A wonderful read indeed.
Thank you, NetGalley & Head of Zeus, for letting me read an ARC of this book.
When i heard this was practical magic, meets cosy small town/Gilmore Girls, i was sold!
We have witches, cosy bakery, which serves baked goods with lots of ingredients linked to natural magic and an all-knowing elderly grandmother.
Sadie is a witch who has a curse linked to her magic, which results in 4 heartbreaks, and she will lose her magic. She's already suffered 2 heartbreaks when we start the story. Bring back the man who 1st broke her heart 10 years ago and some tragic news and we've got the start of a great story.
This book was so much more than what I thought it would be (fluffy witchy story), and the plot just keeps developing more and more.
I highly recommend you check this out over the autumnal/spooky season.
Sadie lives with her grandmother, Gigi in her childhood home, where they practice magic and share it with others in their community through baked goods and salves. After having her heart broken twice in the last ten years, Sadie is happy to continue living without letting anyone else into her fragile heart. This all changes when her ex-boyfriend Jake returns to town, her estranged twin brother Seth also returns home, and Gigi announces the news of her impending death. Sadie has to ensure she doesn't get her heart broken anymore or else the family curse will be enacted. How can she do this when old loves are resurfacing and family is being threatened to fall apart?
Despite the premise of heartbreak and death, I was expecting this book to be lighthearted and comedic. Sure, the first three or four chapters are lighthearted enough but this book grabs a hold of your feelings pretty quickly and stomps all over them until you're sobbing into your book. I think it was around chapter six, but after that, I kept crying every now and then. This is an emotional book. It's about love, heartbreak, family, death and grief. The author describes grief in such a poignant way that it brought back memories for me. Even though it felt like my own heart was breaking all over again, I had to continue reading because I needed to know what would happen to Sadie. I was just hoping that everything would be alright in the end.
Above all else, this book portrays a grandmother-granddaughter relationship, the strains of being estranged from family, dealing with heartbreak and grief, and learning to overcome your fears of the future. This would be a perfect read for autumn but perhaps keep the tissues close by. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Three and a half stars rounded up to 4.
This book is the perfect book to read this autumn. Cosy, witchy vibes with a side of comfort food. It’s a really easy read with likeable characters and strong sense of family and community. The storyline of Sadie and Jake was quite predictable but didn’t make it any less enjoyable to read. There are recipes included at the end of every chapter and I felt like this was such a nice touch.
Thank you Netgalley and Aria & Aries for the ARC.
Publication Date - 12th October 2023
The unfortunate side effects of heartbreak and magic is a cozy low fantasy read. And my favourite one yet. It’s a et in a wonderfully small town, heavily centred on family, with some romance sprinkled throughout. And I absolutely adored the recipes sprinkled through out the book, of which I am desperate to try out a couple.
I found this easy to understand, could picture myself in the cafe or Gigi’s kitchen surrounded by the noises and smells of the kitchens. It was like a big hug the whole way through. I will definitely be on the look out for a special edition of this, I loved it so much. Cannot wait to see what else Breanne Randall has written, and will follow her carer closely.
I absolutely loved this! It is magical, emotional and wonderfully witchy. I loved all the characters! I love the concept of every witch in the family having their own unique power however it also comes with a curse.
The fear of heartbreak is a thing most people can relate to, this book connected me on an emotional level I wasn’t expecting
The writing is so descriptive and gripping, the whole book had a nostalgic feel to it for me, reminding me of little me curling up to watch Halloweentown
I can’t wait for the UK release date to come around so I can recommend it on my booktok
I absolutely loved this book!
I was really drawn to the Practical Magic vibes this book gave off. I love all things full of love and witches. Poppy Meadows absolutely made me want to move to a small town immediately. I loved the community feel in the town.
Sadie was a truly beautiful character. She wasn’t without her flaws, but I love the growth she went through throughout the book. Her love for her family and friends was something I was drawn to and it made me love her. She really came into her own as the book went on and I was really happy with the way it ended.
I’m so sad I’ve finished this book, as I could spend all day in Poppy Meadows. Hopefully they’ll be another Poppy Meadows book. Can’t wait read more from Breanne.
A tremendous introduction into this magical world. It truly lives up to it's "Practical Magic" vibes!
The magic varies from person to person and each persons magic just seems to suit them perfectly. Sadie is perfectly depicted as the town baker and undercover "fixer". Her cakes are imbued with magic that help with whatever is aches/pains/worries that the townfolk have. But she is also flawed - she has walls around her heart and a determination to keep everyone at arms length due to her curse. She is not at all the cookie cutter FMC. She has attitude and flaws and sometimes she's a PITA!
Jake has some apologies to make but makes a ham-fisted attempt at it. It just made him feel that more real. I loved the whole "dognapping" storyline!
The Revelare family are wonderfully weird, close even though they are far apart. They come together when needed and just support each other. Raquel is just another part of the family rather than Sadie's best friend but I was kind of shocked when she made her big reveal! Gigi just reminded me so much of my own gran, attitude and all! I did have a compete weep and a big lump in my throat at one section of the book. So have tissues at the ready.
Sad, sweet, funny, heart-warming and life-affirming. The writing is wonderfully descriptive without bogging you down in prose. I'd be happy to read a lot more tales from this world.
PS I'm attempting some of the recipes this weekend!
Sadie Revelare's life begins to unravel when her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, her first heartbreak Jake McNealy returns to town after a decade and her estranged twin brother Seth returns to town. She has a curse where if she has four heartbreaks then she'll lose her magic. As Sadie faces her last heartbreak, she has to decide is love more important that her magic?
At the beginning of this book, I was seriously debating whether I wanted to continue reading as I wasn’t really interested in the characters or the storyline. Everything seemed to be happening really slowly until around 30%, where I’m not sure what happened to the writing but I enjoyed it so much more. I began to want to know more about the characters, their curse, their magic and the town they lived in. I absolutely loved the setting of the town and the descriptions were so vivid in my mind. I really liked all of the characters but my favourite has to be Sadie, although at the beginning I did find her quite immature and annoying. The more that I learn about her, the more connected I felt to her and saw myself in her. But I still have some unanswered questions and I wish that certain aspects weren’t left until the last 5% to be explored as it felt like they didn’t have enough time to develop. I kind of wish that the ending was longer just to see what the character’s lives would be like. I also wish that the chapters weren’t so long, as well as the recipes being included after each chapter as I feel felt like it took me out of the story. I think it would work better if all of the recipes were at the back of the book.
I would love to read more about Sadie and her family so if there’s a series in the works, I’d be buzzing.
⚠️ CWs: cursing, bipolar disorder, OCD, cancer, alcohol use, death, suicide, vomiting; mentions panic attacks, murder, rape, overdose, physical assault, suicidal ideation ⚠️
Thank you to Aria & Aries, Aria and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book!
What drew me into this book was the fact it’s described as for fans of practical magic and Gilmore Girls…which is basically my whole identity
I also loved the sweet add ins between every chapter which I will definitely be trying (don’t want to spoil it)
Sadie’s journey is a rough one but worth it, her magic and her grandmother have been the only things she can rely on so her dealing with a lot of changes in a short amount of time really takes it’s toll!
It’s probably the most heartwarming heartbreaking book I’ve ever read…in a good way…there was a trope that I’m not to fond of but that’s just me, overall I still think this is a great book and amazing for spooky season coming up
They definitely got the book description right!!
What a fantastic book !
This book screamed all the autuminal witchy season feels from start to finish , don’t be fooled it wasn’t as “ fluffy “. As I thought it was going to be .
The book is written in the character of Sadie who is narrating her story I felt like we really got inside her head ! She’s magical and combines herbs with baking . Loved the touch of recipie sat the end of each chapter for something that had been in that chapter .
I don’t want to give too much away but for me just a superb feel good book .
Escape into the pages of this magical story!
Sadie Revelare lives with her Grandmother Gigi in a small USA Town called Poppy Meadows.
Working together in a joint business Sadie is happy, but she longs for more, for the missing people in her life.
Where are they? Will they return?
From the start of the book I just loved the writers words and style. Some of the lifestyle being vastly different to mine, as the book is written and set in the USA, and myself being from the UK. I loved the heartfelt poignant words, and absolutely loved some of the thought provoking sentences.
The food and sweet delights featured throughout the book made me want to grab one of the delicious sounding coffees and savour the cake! The recipes peppered through is a good idea, and I have saved them to try- well it would be very rude not to, I say smiling at the thought.
There are sad parts in the book, but they were delivered with such love and care.
A book of family love, fears, hope, sorrow, joy, friendship and growing up. Enlightenment.
Hope is the theme that runs through the book.
I definitely escaped into the pages of this magical read.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Publisher for an advanced e-book copy. Opinions about the book are entirely my own.
This book was like drinking a hot cup of tea on a rainy Autumn day.
Really enjoyed this book that gave me all the spooky witchy vibes. You can't help but love and support the FMC through her internal struggle throughout the whole book. It was full of angst and twists and turns.
The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic - Breanne Randall
It's pitched as the perfect book for fans of Gilmore Girls & Practical Magic and it definitely fits that vibe. It is the perfect witchy book for Autumn/Fall/Halloween.
I loved this story. The writing was so good I could imagine myself being in the book on every page. And the recipes at the end of every chapter was so different and I loved it. I also loved how the magic was used in the cooking and could manipulate peoples emotions and behaviours. I read this book in a day and had the best time. Apart from the heartbreak and tears!
My biggest pet peeve/issue with this book was the long chapters. I read very fast and some of the chapters were still 20-30 minutes long. I think each chapter could have been split in 2-3.
In saying that, I still loved the story & characters overall and I gave it 4 stars!
This book was nothing like what I expected it to be. When I requested an ARC from Netgalley, I thought this was story of romance. But instead I got a story of love, self reflection and sacrifice.
I love everything about this book. It reminded me of when I lost my own grandmother and how my family rallied around to make sure we pulled through. It reminded me to let go and that sometimes we just have to deal with what life deals us with. I truly believe this book is something special and I would recommend everyone to grab a copy.
The writing was very good. The descriptions really came to life and the recipes were an interesting addition I haven’t seen before in a fantasy book.
A brilliant debut novel that explores the shields we build a round ourselves and our hearts to retain our own magic. A novel for readers who love magic and the sense of community found from the family we make ourselves. This is a beautifully warm novel that focuses on dynamic relationships, characters with promise and above all the power of family.
Sadie Revelare has always believed that the curse if four heartbreaks that accompanies her magic would be wroth the price. But when her grandmother is diagnoses with cancer, and only weeks to live, this is another heartbreak she can’t bear to face. Her first heartbreak, Jake McNealy, returns to town after a decade, and her carefully structured life begins to unravel.
With the news of their grandmothers impending death, her estranged twin brother, Seth returns to town, bringing with him deeply buried secrets that threaten to tear her world apart. Their grandmother has been the backbone of the daily for generations, and with her death, Sadie isn’t sure she’ll have the strength to keep her family together. Or her magic, for that matter. But as her feelings for Jake begin to rekindle, and her grandmother growing sicker by the day, she faces the last of her heartbreaks.
And she will have to decide: is love more important than magic? After all, is all the magic in the world worth anything when those we love are not their to share it with us. This is a story about the power of love, the importance of family, and what we would be willing to do to keep it. Perhaps love really does conquer all, even our own desires for magic, and a place to belong above all else.
Thank you to Aria & Aries for an advanced reader copy via NetGalley of The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall
This was a very cute read!
We follow Sadie who as a Revelare knows that all magic comes at cost of a curse. She believes it is worth it.
We follow her working in the café with her Gigi whom I love as a character she is a wonderful Matriarch to the family!
The witchy vibes are perfect and at the end of each chapter we are given recipes with a little description by the witchy author.
I could tell where this story was going but I thought it was end a little bit different: [ I thought she would have to give up her magic which would be her fourth heartbreak thus ending the magic and her curse ] but overall I enjoyed the story and would happily read more!
This was the perfect autumn cozy book. It feels like Gilmore Girls small town community mixed with Practical Magic family ties.
Sadie has known she was cursed for most of her life. She’s already been through two of the four heartbreaks she’s been cursed with, and her first heartbreak has just strolled back into town. Now her ex is back, her grandmother is dying, and her twin has returned as well after leaving without a trace (heartbreak #2). Sadie is spiraling and her magic and her loved ones are being affected. She needs to decide what is most important to her and time is running out.
This book is cozy, heartfelt, and it made me cry multiple times. It has romance, but the central themes are more family and personal growth driven. It was whimsical and magical and the garden at Sadie’s house is now something I will always dream of having.
Sometimes, in a story where a community and a large family are so central, it can be hard to keep track of all of the characters and that was definitely present in this book. I knew I loved them all, I just couldn’t keep track of them.
I recommend this book if you are looking for something to get you into the autumn mood that will make you wish you had a large family to bake a million muffins for.
Thank you NetGalley, Aria & Aries and Breanne Randall for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
I loved this!!!! It was such a fun read and really enjoyable. I definitely recommend it. Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC on exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to preface this review with the fact that this is the first ever book I’ve read in this genre and I was incredibly impressed with how much I enjoyed it. The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic is the perfect read for October as it gives off such cozy, witchy vibes. I was able to cuddle up with my blankets and get entirely immersed in this book. It gave me the feeling of drinking hot chocolate on a cold day, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy.
!! SPOILERS AHEAD !!
From the very first chapter, I could tell that Breanne Randall’s writing was absolutely beautiful. The way she described things made my book loving heart so happy and made me smile to myself whenever there was a particular sentence or paragraph that really stood out to me. I really enjoyed how she would describe the environment as it was very unique and almost poetic with things like ‘the promise of a sharp noon wind’ and ‘weaving the magic around her like ribbons on a maypole’. I liked the amount of background we got on the magic system within this book, I didn’t feel like it was too much or too little and I felt as though we got all the necessary information to truly understand the way it worked. I also really loved the use of baked goods as metaphors throughout the book. It was very well thought out and really fit the story since it surrounds a FMC that owns a cafe and puts her magic into baked goods. The inclusion of recipes after each chapter really keeps in line with the story and it's a nice addition to immerse the reader in the story. I adored how Breanne was able to keep the mood of the book lighthearted despite addressing the FMC’s sad prospect of being forever alone. I feel as though I could ramble on about Breanne’s writing for an entire day. The way her words evoke emotions is incredibly brilliant and she is beyond talented, Breanne Randall is something special.
Sadie comes across as the perfect ‘sad girl’ FMC but she is so much more than that. We immediately start to see how her life has been impacted by the curse she has without even knowing the details of what it is and why she has it. She is also incredibly relatable with how she keeps all of her thoughts compartmentalized so they don’t hurt her. The author did such a good job with making her seem like a real person going through real struggles. A quote from the first chapter brings one of Sadie’s main struggles to life. “I’ve told you a hundred times. Love is more important than magic, sugar.” Something I really loved about Sadie as a character is that she is perfectly okay with being different and strange which really makes my heart warm. It’s just another thing that makes her come across as real and not just a character in a book. Throughout the book, the reader watches Sadie grow from the girl that was scared to let hope in for fear of having her heartbroken and losing the thing she thought made her who she was into a woman that loves so hard that it is a magical power all by itself. She sacrifices who she thought she was for the person she loves most in the world and it truly is a beautiful thing to read.
Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the trope Breanne chose to portray with the characters. Sadie and Jake’s story really pulled at my heartstrings as it was something I could genuinely connect with due my own personal experiences. There was this otherworldly pull between the two that made me hang on every interaction they had and made me excited to turn the page so I could know what happened next but there was also so much heartbreak. I loved them so much that when it was revealed that Jake was engaged and how it was out of necessity, I was broken. I cried and had to take a small break from reading because it was such an unexpected twist. With the help of her mother, Sadie makes the mature decision to not tell him the truth about the pregnancy which is something a lot of people wouldn’t be able to do. Even though she uses her magic to help Bethany tell him the truth, they come together naturally at the end of the book which really makes the story come full circle. I had no complaints about the way the book brought them back together, it was just extraordinary.
The Revelare family is such a beautiful and dysfunctional unit. All of Gigi’s children are different from each other but they compliment each other so well. Anne is structured and strict whereas Tava is quirky and carefree and Kay is loud while Brian is quiet. Florence is wild but there is a sadness that surrounds her which makes her intriguing to the reader when she finally shows up once the curse is broken with Gigi’s death. They all care for each other so wholesomely that it’s hard not to love the family and wish the best for them despite the utter heartbreak that came with their matriarch's death. The way we get to experience Sadie and Florence forge a relationship that they’d never had the chance to before is something to behold. It’s thought provoking and beautiful.
I feel as though I have used the word beautiful way too many times during this review but The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic truly is a beautiful piece of art that was a pleasure to read. With the cliffhanger ending of Florence going off in search of a way for Sadie to get her magic back, I really hope we get more from this spectacular world that Breanne Randall has created.
"Dont borrow trouble unless you've got the shoulders to carry it."
GENRE: Fantasy RomCom
Would I recommend to others?: YES I would, especially for a cozy read during this season but beware, this book does deal with heavy topics.
This book came at a much needed time. The unfortunate side effect of heartbreak and magic focuses on many important theme that we encounter in life: grief, denial, and harsh realities in life that we need to accept
We go on a journey here with Sadie Revelare, as she learns to accept that she is unable to control everything and that sometimes, no matter how much she wills it, there is just no way to change fate/destiny. I love how this book makes you realise that there are certain things we are all in denial in and that prevents us from moving forward to other things. It portrays Sadie's personal growth, which you feel happens naturally throughout the story.
She and her Grandma (Gigi) owe a cafe together called A Peach in Thyme (such an adorable name!) and they lived in a town called Poppy Meadows, which "much like Sadie herself, ran like clockwork". But like how cute are the names!! And this book has recipes in it as well!!!! And Sadie is a big fan of bookstores, just like the rest of us here:
"Time ceases to exist for you in bookstores"
This book is truly magical and if you like cozy reads, it is the right book for you!
I loved this book in particular because I had just lost my grandma 3 weeks ago and reading this book was like taking a deep breathe and remembering my grandma as Gigi and Sadie's life unrolled, cancer took over and took her best friend/favourite person. I could relate to Sadie so much and cried reading this book. I want to thank Breanne for writing this, so that we can grief together over our lost loved ones.
Thank you to NetGalley for the Arc in exchange for my honest review.
The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic is the debut novel of Breanne Randell and is the perfect October read, full of cozy, witchy vibes.
Twins, Sadie and Seth have magic in their blood. But with that magic comes their own individual curse. Sadie has a curse of four heartbreaks and must choose between the magic she cherishes and the ones she loves.
I loved the magic in this book. There is something about practical magic that feels like a warm hug. I loved the writing style, and while the pace was much slower than I normally prefer, it was perfect for this story. I would have loved to know more about the Revelare lineage and where they got their magic from.
I absolutely adore all of the recipes scattered through the chapters and the meaning behind certain herbs and spices. No book has ever made me hungrier than this one.
As the title suggests, this book has plenty of Heartbreak, and while there is romance throughout the whole book, it is quite minimal.
This was such a cozy and magical read and would be the perfect reading material on a rainy day.
This book is a captivating journey through the depths of imagination. Its rich storytelling and well-developed characters kept me engaged from start to finish. With its thought-provoking themes, it transcends genres and offers something for every reader. A must-read for anyone seeking a literary adventure.
"It's a curse of four heartbreaks, sugar."
Gigi shook her head almost as if she were angry. "Each one will be worse than the last. They'll be so deep they'll rend your heart in two. And if you're not careful, when all four heartbreaks come to pass, the curse will follow you like storm clouds, leaning forward towards you like wheat in the wind. Love only as you are willing to lose your magic."
The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall is fantastic! I finished it in one day because it was so good I couldn't stop until I had finished it. It is the perfect seasonal read, described in marketing as a cross between Gilmore Girls and Practical Magic. I can't come up with a better description than that as it perfectly describes it.
The Revelare family are blessed with magic, but with each person's magic there is a curse.
"The curse was the most mysterious part of their legacy. All the Revelares had magic, but they also had a curse to accompany it. For nature demanded balance, and that was its way of keeping things in check."
For Sadie the price of using her magic is that she will suffer four heartbreaks, the last of which will lead to her magic leaving her. Sadie grew up with her grandmother Gigi after her mother abandoned her and her twin brother Seth. Seth took of with no explanation, and her first love Jake left breaking her heart in the process. The only way Sadie can stop herself falling apart is to carefully control every aspect of her life, including who she lets into her heart. If they can't get in then they can't leave her.
"Long ago , she let herself dream of her own house, a pair of toothbrushes, maybe even water spots on the mirror from a child brushing their teeth too close.
But her curse made that impossible, and she'd given up on romance too long ago for it to make a difference now."
Then Jake returns and she learns that her beloved grandma is terminally ill. Both discoveries lead to Sadie losing control of both her magic and her emotions. Sadie feels herself yearning for Jake once again but is her magic more important than love?
Gigi reminded me of my grandad - a storyteller who loved to cook. It made me love the book even more to learn that the book was a tribute to her grandmother and Sadie's grief for her grandmother clearly is based on real feelings, and made me think of my own thoughts leading up to and after my grandad's death.
"Her voice was scratchy and Sadie had an instant urge to record everything she said so she could have it forever. Why hadn't she ever been better at taking photos and videos? Why hadn't she journalled all of Gigi's stories, recorded all her funny sayings and typed out recipes so she'd never forget them?"
Gigi is a perfectly written character who smokes like a chimney and swears like a trooper, but she also has a huge amount of love for her family and for the community of Poppy Meadows.
The recipes and descriptions of food in this book made me constantly hungry and I enjoyed that Sadie's magic was combined with her love of cooking. Her cafe sounded like a dream come true.
"The glass case brimmed with orange-essence croisants sprinkled with candied zest, the card in front reading, 'will cause enthusiasm, encouragement and sucess.' It's neighbour, the fruit and basil tartlets that glistened like a long-forgotten dream read, 'use for good wishes, love and serious intent.' And the cinnamon streusel cake that some locals swore would turn your day lucky, had a card that simply said, 'Stability.'
Generations ago, the townsfolk would have rebuken or shunned such blatent displays of magic. Now, even if they didn't understand it, they welcomed it with relish and a rumbling stomach."
I am not a fan of romance books on the whole, but if that book is combined with a witchy theme then I am all for it. I enjoyed the storyline that played out between Jake and Sadie, it was there in the story but I never felt that the actually plot of the book was sidelined by it. The romance was a welcome addition, a side dish to compliment the main event.
The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic contained a number of characters with some form of mental health condition and I felt the author dealt with the topics sensitively without making them a gimmick. Excellent work.
The Revelare family are not soon going to leave me, including the extended family, and I hope I read about some of them again.
"A legacy without love ain't worth a damn, sugar"
Rating 4 Stars
I would like to thank Aria and Aries, as well as Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this beautiful ARC.
If someone asked me to describe how this book feels, I would answer, “it feels like receiving a warm hug from the sun on a cold winters day with a coffee”. This book is so cozy and I am here for it.
Sadie and her grandmother Gigi own a cafe in town selling scrumptious cakes, breads and pies that are spellbound. These goodies have the ability to give clarity, confidence and take away stress. Sadie’s magic is everything to her and it brings her close to the community through her baking.
Ps her recipes are in the book as well :)
Sadies’ magic is what makes her Sadie, or so she believes. When not one but 3 events tilt her world on its axis what will she do?
Breanne Randall sucked me right into this book. It is the perfect book for fall with its cozy, witchy vibes.