Published by GP Putnam's Sons on September 12, 2023
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Playing the Witch Card
This is the classic Hallmark story of a woman who moves to a small town to start over after a jerk ex implodes their lives but with a paranormal twist. Flair’s descended from witches but a tragic accident in her past made her give it up. But now she’s back in Rattleboro, the town her witchy ancestors helped found and the magic isn’t willing to be ignored any longer.
Flair already has a lot on her plate – dealing with a struggling business, an angry and angsty teen daughter, a flaky mom, and a jerk ex. Now tarot cards are haunting her with visions and then a magical disaster involving her mom and ex happens with a looming Halloween deadline.
My thoughts about Playing the Witch Card
The writing is gorgeously atmospheric and descriptive, you can practically smell autumn magic and baking in the air. I love that Rattleboro goes so hard at Halloween that they spray glitter on the sidewalks.
The relationships – especially between Flair, her mother, and her daughter – are complex and complicated, a study in contrasts. Flair isn’t close with her mom, Cyn, who was always chasing the next sure thing based on the tarot cards. This in turn has made Flair want stability and control with nothing left chance – making her daughter Lucie feel smothered.
And it wouldn’t be Hallmark-esque without the gorgeous high school BF turning up for a sweet, second-chance romance. Jude and Flair are adorable together – chocolatier and baker – so perfect!
Thank you GP Putnam’s Sons for the ARC of Playing the Witch Cars.