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5+ stars for Sophia’s Magic Beans by D.V. Stone #romanticfantasy #romance #bookreview
Title: Sophia’s Magic Beans
Author: D.V. Stone
Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Second Chance Romance, Later in Life Romance
Calliope Novak’s candy store made it through the shutdowns, but she still struggles with everyday costs. She juggles chores, work, and making time for Sophia—her six-year-old. Personal life? Non-existent. Luke O’Brian confronts his boss and mentor after discovering his law firm’s involvement with a crooked politician and is reminded of the non-disclosure agreement he’d signed. He can’t break it without evidence—evidence that he can’t access after he’s escorted out of the building by security. Devastated, he reluctantly returns to his hometown to regroup. Lake Unami in Northern New Jersey is a magical place. Rainbows and unexplained coincidences seem more normal than not. Guardian angels, bookstore owners, and an endearing cast of characters all come together to bring happiness and love to Calliope, Sophia, and Luke.
In a town where rainbow and magic are everywhere, can special jelly beans bring together Calliope, Sophia, and Luke? What a sweet, endearing story! I adore the quaint lake town, the helpful townsfolk, the feisty yet vulnerable heroine, her spunky daughter, and one distraught hero. If you love small town sweet romance, this is the book for you.
Let’s start with the characters. Calliope is a heroine to root for. She’s a single mom who’s trying to make ends meet running her candy shop. The light of her life is her daughter, Sophia. When Luke comes crashing back into her life, it’s a shock. Calliope is a wonderful main character and I enjoyed her immensely. She’s open, honest, and colorful. Each character has their own backstory and voice. D.V. Stone creates realistic characters any reader can relate to.
The romance is second chance, later-in-life plus a touch of magic. Call them rainbows, guardian angels, or magic, these helpers guide Calliope and Luke together. The romance is sweet and full of emotion.
D.V. is a true gem when it comes to writing stories readers love. She creates tales filled with heart, tension, and a little magic. Themes vary but there’s a wholesome quality to her writing which I can’t enough of. I look forward to reading each of her stories, especially Sophia’s Magic Beans. This book is perfect for springtime and one I strongly recommend.
My Rating: 5+ stars
Buy it Now:
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Sophias-Magic-Beans-Spring-Things-ebook/dp/B0BTCGGPY9
Amazon CA https://amzn.to/3puBLQ3
D. V. Stone is an award-winning, multi-genre, traditionally and independently published author. She writes books people want to read. Whether romance or fantasy, her stories are about the importance of friends and family. About overcoming obstacles while doing it with humor.
Since retiring she is a full-time author and blogger. Around the Fire is a popular weekly blog where she introduces both established and new authors giving an insider’s look into their lives and books as well as tidbits about her own life.
A former Emergency Medical Technician, she volunteered in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania and and professionally in a women’s state prison. D. V. was the proprietor of a coffee shop, and then a small restaurant/ice cream stand. The years following were as a manager in an animal emergency hospital, while her last position was in a human medical office.
When not behind the wheel of 2Hoots—a 41 foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel camper, she rambles around town in Northern New Jersey in a white Camaro. She also loves travel and history.
D.V. is wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. A woman of faith, she believes and trusts in God.
“My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading.”
Hali, her rescue dog, always reminds her to let readers know, “Woof, woof.” Which is loosely translated as support your local animal rescue.”
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Reviewed by: Nancy