Everyday Magic has an extremely sweet romance, great friendships and both the ups and downs of family. I did not read The Heir and The Spare but you don’t need to in order to read Everyday Magic.
by Emily Albright
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: December 2nd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative-spirit friendly, plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad.
A movie shoot takes the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer, and closer to Maggie’s dream school. While there, she runs into the charming Preston Browne. Maggie is intrigued and decides to bend her no guys rule—instituted after her ex used her to get close to her dad. Forced to keep secrets from Preston in order to protect the future plans she’s made, Maggie finds herself falling for the tall Brit. And for once in her life she knows that he’s interested in her, not her Hollywood connections. When Maggie's father blackmails her into dating his lead actor, she isn’t left with a choice. The biggest problem isn’t having to date hunky, mega-hottie, Ben Chambers. No, it’s praying she doesn’t lose Preston in the process.
Excelling at her dream school, Maggie’s personal life is a tangled mess. She needs to decide if living a lie is worth losing Preston or chance going against her father and facing his wrath. When the tabloids expose the truth of her fake relationship with Ben, Maggie's world is thrown into a tailspin. Ultimately, Maggie must find the courage to take risks and forge ahead on her own path.
First of all, it’s not often you see both parents and these parents were even having marital issues. I thought it was interesting that Maggie’s dad is a director but also verbally and physically abusive to his family. It made me think of the current Johnny Depp situation going on where people are angry he was cast in Fantastic Beast because of the abuse against his wife allegations. He’s not the first and there are many directors/actors/etc. That have had allegations or even been convicted of crimes and are still famous. People still see their movies. I thought it was a really interesting take to have that Everyday Magic.
The book had mostly sweet moments. I expected more with the fake relationship but it was nice that the focus stayed mainly on Maggie and Preston. We get a lot of cute and light hearted moments with them. It was also nice to see them not freak out over every little thing in their relationship. I like couples that have a strong relationship. Yes they of course have bumps in the road but they are not crippling.
Maggie is a great character, I loved how she has a passion for fashion. (I didn’t mean to rhyme) She fights back to follow her dream, even though her dad is a dictator. She is super close to her mom and brother, I loved their relationship. I also liked the good friends she makes at school. For someone who comes from an intense home, she is very down to Earth.
I liked Everyday Magic. It had lots of sweet cute moments and then of course the drama was interesting and not too overwhelming. It all had a nice flow.
Emily Albright's debut novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, is releasing January 18, 2016 from Merit Press.
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