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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250002672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250002679
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the death of her mother, Olivia Kiskey is plotting her escape from Nodaway Falls, the small town where she has spent her entire life. This means leaving behind not only her best friends but also her longtime crush, the handsome, standoffish Tobias, who works alongside her at Crazy Cousin Betty’s Waffle House. Olivia’s plans are put in jeopardy when a mysterious woman named Davinia shows up at the diner and brings out magical abilities Olivia never knew she had. Davinia tells her she is in danger and that Cain, a mysterious stranger who’s come to town, is hell-bent on stealing her newly awakened powers. The stakes get raised when Millie, one of Olivia’s best friends, starts using magic to get revenge on another friend. Olivia is surprised to find several people in her life are not what they seem—including Tobias, who has a powerful ability of his own and has been sent to protect her from the very threat she is facing. Filled with surprising twists and exciting turns, March’s debut is positively magical. --Kristine Huntley

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"Readers will find themselves charmed by the quirky inhabitants of Nodaway Falls.... March’s story is original, funny."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Chick lit embraces the supernatural in this sweet, funny ... tale of self-discovery, friendship, and trust.... It’s the down-to-earth humor and humanity of a fiercely loyal and likable clique of smalltowners who’ll keep new fans waiting for March’s next trick."
--Publishers Weekly

"This contemporary tale, a blend of witty dialogue, quirky characters and strong storytelling, is one delightful read."
--RT Book Reviews

"Filled with surprising twists and exciting turns, March’s debut is positively magical."
--Booklist

“Lucy March's writing is delightful and delicious. In the vast realm of all things paranormal, A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC is like rain on a scorched desert: welcome and nurturing. What a wonderful treat. Every word I devoured had me craving more. Tobias and Olivia's journey was touching, magical, and utterly romantic. I cannot recommend this book enough. Lucy March is destined to be a superstar. “—Darynda Jones, author of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

“Lucy March's novels have it all; they're sexy, funny, heartfelt and warm, full of characters you want to eat waffles with and strange little towns you want to visit, all seasoned with dash of the supernatural.  Lucy March is sublime!”—Jennifer Crusie, author of MAYBE THIS TIME

“Fresh and funny, warm and sexy. I can't wait for more books from Lucy March.”—Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of CALL ME IRRISISTABLE


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It was well written and had great characters.
B. Smith
It could be that I've read too many thrillers recently and I just expected the bad guy to do more bad things but either way it didn't seem suspenseful enough.
Nikki W.
Plot was predictable and the character did not show a lot of growth.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessica McKelden Cave VINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
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I've been sooo looking forward to this book! March's alter ego, Lani Diane Rich, is the author of some of my favorite books and, after a few years out of the writing limelight, she's back and as wonderful as ever!

A Little Night Magic is about Liv...who desperately needs a change. Her life is in a rut, and so is her heart, because it only wants Tobias, who doesn't want her back. She's tempted to wish it all better on the magical square at Crazy Cousin Betty's Waffle House, but she knows from experience it's not necessarily going to work out the way she wants it to if she does. So, she decides to leave Nodaway for an adventure. Only the adventure finds her right at home, when she meets Davina. Suddenly, Liv's life is more than she bargained for...and she's soon back to wishing things would just return to normal again before she loses everything she loves.

March is one of the best...she writes humor and emotion with equal skill. I suggest having a box of tissue handy, because you'll need it. Liv and Tobias are wonderful and perfect for each other, and Liv's friends and the other characters of Nodaway make fabulous supporting characters. Don't plan on getting anything else done until you finish this book... I couldn't put it down and don't regret it for a minute!

Thanks for coming back, Lucy! A Little Night Magic is great addition to my Keeper Shelf!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nevina VINE VOICE on December 14, 2011
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What an unexpected pleasure this book was. Light and entertaining without feeling trashy or dumbed down. Characters I enjoyed and wanted to know more about and a story I couldn't put down. I loved the world created by the author and wouldn't mind visiting the town and hanging out with these folks. Thats not to say it was all sweetness and light. The characters were in some real peril at times and some very dark events took place but even when the story was at its darkest it still felt like a somehow cozy read. Im not sure if that was what the author intended but thats how it struck me and it worked well that way for me. It was kind of like a season of Buffy where things might get grim but you just knew all would be well in the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2012
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The book was a breeze to read. Characters, some more than others interesting. Betty, Cain, Davina and Tobias are among the best in this book. The basic plot is a magical person discovers her powers and then needs to defend herself in the mist of a magical showdown. Good vs Evil.

Unfortunately the main character Olivia wasn't as interesting as the supporting characters. The magic creatures created by one character (vague to avoid spoilers) are much more endearing than the main character. Oliva, a waitress, soon discovers that she has powers and a magical world that she never new existed. The issue? well the character spends a good part of the book filled with insecurities. She spends the book half in and half out of the situation. Not really dedicated to anything but finding out if she is REALLY loved by Tobias. Which is clearly stated in the very beginning. In the magical fight she is doing only what she is forced into. It makes what should of been a strong female lead into a shell of a girl that is a little too needy.

Mean while the brooding Cain, has more depth even though is history is not fully fleshed out. Why not tell us the background? Betty is a charmer, love the woman and found myself wanting this warm, strong, go getting gossiper to get a bigger part. Tobias, is another character that deserved to have more action in this book. His background itself is interesting. What is only touched on about his background should of been a major shadowing of their relationship instead of a few lines in the back of the story. Ahhh Davina, the character that is the linchpin that starts the whole magical story. the second most developed character but no balance between past and present. We understand what she doing and why but the emotional history that is hinted at rings flat.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dizzyweasel VINE VOICE on December 3, 2011
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The author tried very hard to write a fun, whimsical romance with a little magic thrown in. There were cute and ballsy friends, funny little animals, and down to earth, yummy boys. In short, March is trying to be Jennifer Crusie (who endorses the novel on the back cover). Unfortunately, March is not Crusie.

Olive, a waitress stuck in a life rut, decides to bail out of town after she makes a pass at her best male friend and he rebuffs her. She plans to backpack around Europe and get away from her troubles. Problem is, she's a witch, and on the day she books her flight, an enigmatic woman pops into the waffle shop where Olive works, and unleashes Olive's latent witch power - apparently a brand of 'day magic' that lets Olive turn inanimate objects into animals (mug bunny, paper crane, trash can lid dog, etc.). Yes, we get it, quite whimsical. And now people want to kill Olive to steal this dubious power. To best them, she must band together with her besties, her would-be lover, and the gossipy old lady who runs the waffle shop. Are you charmed yet?

I might have been charmed if March had employed any character development. We never really understand why Olive loves Tobias, a guy who repeatedly brushes her off. Olive's friends really aren't that cool - a bossy, self-absorbed, diminutive gal named Peach who must be the center of attention; the mousey Millie; and trashy bombshell Stacey (who slept with Tobias - whoops!). Olive repeatedly stresses that she has to get away from her dead-end life, but the reader will find it hard to sympathize: Olive owns a giant Victorian gingerbread house (free and clear, all inherited), she enjoys her job, she doesn't have money problems, she likes her small-town life...
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