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Divorce comes as a relief when you discover your husband is a walking cliché and having an affair with a woman half your age. When life gives you lemons...give yourself a magical makeover!

One day, I'm married, living in the triangle, and working as a head nurse at one of the country's best hospitals. The next, I've shed a 175 pounds of idiot and find myself encountering ghosts, dragons, and pixies while taking care of a sick patient. 

Losing my sanity didn't seem like the worst thing to happen since I moved back home with my mom and nana. But I have to make the best of this mess for the sake of my children. And I refuse to give my ex the satisfaction of knowing he literally drove me crazy.

I didn't mind rolling with the punches.... I just never imagined those hits would come in the form of magic. Witches, shifters, and fae don't exist, right? 

This new world I've discovered is dangerous. The Tainted want to kill me, innocent paranormals want my help, and the son of Hades needs me to find demons.

Give me an Ibuprofen, and watch out. I'm not about to stand by and let someone else ruin my life. I'm a middle-aged woman on a brand-new mission, and nothing's going to stop me.

©2021 Brenda Trim (P)2021 Brenda Trim

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  • Melanie Soto
  • 07-08-2021

not grabbing me

Haven't got far but the plot seems thin. See a dragon and just barely feel curious? A wolf where there should have been none? You're just blase about that? It's not horribly written, so I will finish it.
The narration is awful, though. No inflection and she seems in a hurry to get it over with. Mispronunciation of words is the most egregious offense. She sounds like she is being forced to read out loud in front of her classmates.

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  • Paranormal Lover
  • 09-07-2021

Makeover

An amazing adventure that has you wanting more. Fantastic characters and magical beings also. Narrator did a fantastic job also.

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  • Reader Girl
  • 19-08-2021

Unlikable protagonist

I found myself rolling my eyes multiple times throughout this book. I’m assuming the author is a very young woman or a man, because she’s leaning way too hard on cliches and nasty middle age jokes she’s clearly heard second hand.
The main character regularly TELLS us about her scientific mind but we rarely see it in action. She constantly complains about her children and even considers having a stranger “scare them straight” even though in the text both children appear perfectly well behaved, respectful, and compassionate.
And don’t get me started on her nursing experience. I genuinely wonder if the author has ever even met a nurse in her life. No woman and no nurse needs to be told why an elderly dying woman insists on using the actual bathroom while she’s able, rather than the bedpans.

The narrator Regan Brown was fantastic. I will definitely listen to her again.

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  • Dawn
  • 15-08-2021

Great start to a new series

Brenda Trim has done it again with this new series. The characters are well developed and the atmosphere is believable. Regan Brown gave a wonderful performance as she brought it all to life. I look forward to the next in this series. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Dami
  • 11-10-2021

Yes, she's over 40, but cut the constant reminders

For being (I assume) in her forties, Phoebe seems pretty decrepit. Makes me wonder how she'll be in 10-15 years--wheelchair-bound? Brenda, 40 is YOUNG. This poor woman acts like she's in her seventies. We don't need constant reminders of all the aches and pains she seems to experience. Suck it up, buttercup.

Now on to the rest of the book. The story line is interesting. However.... Now, I don't know if the awkward dialog was due to the writing or the delivery, but so often it just didn't flow. So much of the explanation of how magic works in this world came during the "action" sequences, kinda taking the reader out of the action and making it seem anticlimactic. I imagine the target audience is the over-forties reader, so we know the body aches and stiffness. One thing that kinda bothered me was the reverse objectification. Over and over again Phoebe talks about the sexy abs, the sculpted chest, the handsome features of a couple of the males in the story. We know that over-40 doesn't mean sexually dead so making her (and all the older women) perpetually talking about how attractive the men are (right in front of them, too) feels contrived and wrong. Seems like a lot of clichés being thrown around.

The narrator struggled with pronunciation which contributed to her overall stilted performance. "Awry" isn't pronounced aw-ry, it's pronounced a-wry. Her delivery often took me out of the story. I feel the narrator has been told she has pronunciation issues so tries to have more precise speech, it doesn't feel natural.

I like the story, but its execution is awkward. I don't know if reading it myself would be more enjoyable. I might try that with the next book.

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  • ShoutOutForElbows
  • 29-09-2021

Unpleasant

Not my cup of tea. I felt I should try this genre as it's a subgenre of my favorite: urban fantasy. It really was off key for me in every way. While I admire the authors effort and can see the notes it aimed for and hit those are not at all the elements I enjoy in urban fantasy or what I read for. I did not enjoy or like the main character at the beginning or at the end. And yet she was not unlikable in a satisfying way either. She isn't a character I'd love to hate which can be satisfying. She does have personal growth over the arc of the story. I may look for a different title by this author to see where her writing goes. It felt aimed for and successful yet not successful at something that rings my bell personally. If you love edge of urban fantasy lifestyle stories this may be your cup of tea. I'll try some other books in the subgenre with a reference to laugh out loud in the blurb, maybe comedic elements would make this subgenre a better fit for me. For this particular title if you like Christine Feehan you may really like this as well. As with Feehan the reader needs to supply emotional elements that are categorized on the page, told but not shown. Relationships are stated and decided upon in this piece. I did not take a journey with the character I watched her take a journey.

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  • Anaba
  • 01-08-2021

interesting start

Brenda Trim convinced me with "Midlife Witchery" and I was looking forward to her next book in the PWF genre. "Magical Makeover" is the first book of Brenda Trims new series "Mystical Midlife in Maine".
The story starts when Phoebe settles down in her new life. She is getting a divorce and moved back to her mother and Nana. I was easily drawn into the story and I liked it a lot not to start with a grieving heartbroken Woman, but one who keeps going on, even with all the obstacles thrown her way.
Phoebe doesn't believe in witchcraft but soon she is forced to reconsider her opinion.
It quickly becomes exciting and it is getting quite dangerous for Phoebe. It was great to discover a new world with Phoebe. Compared to other books in the PWF genre there was less humour, but I didn't miss it.
It doesn't get romantic; Phoebe needs to find herself before she is looking for new love. But there is a possible love interest and I am looking forward to the development between these two.
The second book in this series “Laugh Lines & Lost Things” is announced for July 2021.
The audio book is narrated by Regan Brown. I loved her interpretation of the characters.

Note: I requested a free copy of the audio book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 26-07-2021

Thoroughly entertaining

I very much enjoyed this story of a middle aged divorcée who, by bizarre magical machinations, ends up inheriting a fortune and a world of magic. It really spoke to the kid in me who feels smothered by real life and the actuality of middle age.
My only complaint about this story is how the fate of the world has also fallen into Phoebe's lap, it makes the whole thing a little melodramatic but it didn't spoil the enjoyment for this listener.
I was lucky enough to receive a free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 12-07-2021

Great start to the series

I loved this book, it was a great start to the series, I really enjoyed that the characters were more mature, with normal life problems, not young, and model perfect! The plot was different and kept me engaged to the end, and had me reaching for the next book immediatley, the narration was great. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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