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A little bit of magic and a whole new world will accompany readers who engage in this first installment of the Midlife Elementals Series by Kate Moseman.


BOOK DETAILS:

  • Author : Kate Moseman
  • Narrator : Xe Sands
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2021
  • Length : 6 hours 12 minutes
  • Series : Midlife Elementals, Book 1
  • Publisher : Fortunella Press
  • Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Women’s Fiction

Luella Campbell is having the weirdest day ever. Getting fired from her job at the sunscreen factory for no good reason is bad enough, but when a mysterious dog brings a tempest into her former workplace, Luella’s life is completely upended by the sudden gift of wild and windy magical powers.

With the help of her ride-or-die best friends, her motorcycle-riding mother, and a romantic blast from the past, Luella must find a way to make ends meet while unlocking the mysteries of her newfound magic…and the secrets hidden in the picturesque town of Sparkle Beach. Sometimes, an empty nest means it’s your turn to fly.

Listen to an audio excerpt here.

OUR REVIEW

With my career, I’d always thought I’d retire from Suntan Queen, covered in glory–or at least a few free bottles of sun screen–then ride off into the Sparkle Beach sunset to enjoy my retirement. It made me want to give Queenie a piece of my mind. I dropped stray office supplies into an empty desk drawer. No point in being accused of stealing company property on top of the other indignities foisted upon me. There was nothing else left to pack. I reached out to Pepper and Rose. They took my hands, then joined theirs, completing a circle. “Whatever happens, we have each other.” I squeezed their hands and a strange jolt shot through me. “The static is crazy in here!” We released each other and laughed. Rose tapped the metal desk to discharge electrical buildup. Pepper attempted to zap herself by touching her index fingers together. I tried to shake off the electrical sensation, but stopped in mid-gesture when I heard a sound like a slingshot being spun at high speed. It was coming from the reception area.

Chapter 1, Silver Spells

Halfway through your life and you have a midlife crisis, that is normal right?! What if halfway through your life, you get magical powers? Wouldn’t that be interesting? The Midlife Elementals Series is not your typical fantasy or paranormal fiction, but it does have some entertaining ideas and brings originality to readers.

Luella works at Suntan Queen, in the Marketing Department, heck she started that department, but now its bad news bears for her. She’s been ousted without a rhyme or reason to justify the cause for a firing, but out of a job and with a daughter in college, Luella’s life couldn’t possibly get any worse, could it? Just when anxiety and her nerves can’t handle anymore stress, something happens to her and two of her friends. What she can only presume to be magic, they begin to see strange things like a flying silver dog and lifelike murals that seem like they can leap off the walls…literally! Luella and her friends soon realize they’ve been gifted with elemental magic, but what now? There is still the whole “no job” and “bills to pay” for Luella, and with the additional stress of finding out where these new powers came from, the three women are taken by surprise to find that the answers may be closer than they think.

Moseman’s first installment is alluring with elemental magic at play and creativity, but lacks a bit of character development. There are a lot of questions that were left unanswered, or open-ended with no resolve in sight. Some of the characters were rushed in scenes and the full scope of personality or back-story would be more compelling to a reader of this genre. Sands is sensational, with her southern drawl and charm. She livens up the characters and gives the story vibrancy while keeping an acceptable pace. Since this was an audiobook, the review does not critique spelling or grammatical errors; however, by the fluency in narration, it appears the story is well-written and a reader would have little to no issues if reading rather than listening is preferred. With this being the first installment in the Midlife Elementals Series, readers and listeners alike can dive right in.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Silver Spells by Kate Moseman.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Moseman is an author of paranormal romance and paranormal women’s fiction.  According to a reviewer, she writes about “Nice people doing mostly nice things.”

ABOUT THE NARRATOR

Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic and compelling delivery of over 400 audiobooks and audio series, specializing in first person, literary and epistolary fiction, memoirs, speculative fiction, poetry and captivating performance of romance. She has been recognized for her work by Salon, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, AudioFile Magazine, Locus Magazine, ALA, and Audible Editors for titles such as The Murmur of Bees, Euphoria, Now That You Mention It, Magic for Liars, Blood Water Paint, Plain Bad Heroines and A Children’s Bible.

The Midlife Elementals Series

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