Review of Enchanted to Meet You by Meg Cabot @megcabot @avonbooks #bookreview

Just to show how ubiquitous Taylor Swift is, I couldn’t type the above book title without starting to sing a Taylor Swift song, Enchanted. Neither here nor there, I realize, but still: 🎶🎵”enchanting to meet you . . . .” 🎵🎶

Despite the fact that I’ve been on a run of really good books (I’m crossing my fingers that my luck continues to be magnificent in this regard), it’s always great to have a reliable author pop up on your TBR list who you know is just going to provide you with an escapist supernatural romantic read that’s also funny: Meg Cabot and Enchanted to Meet You are all of those things.

Blurb: It’s Magic When You Meet Your Match

In her teenage years, lovelorn Jessica Gold cast a spell that went disastrously wrong, and brought her all the wrong kind of attention—as well as a lifetime ban from the World Council of Witches.

So no one is more surprised than Jess when, fifteen years later, tall, handsome WCW member Derrick Winters shows up in her quaint little village of West Harbor and claims that Jess is the Chosen One.

She’s the Chosen One

Not chosen by West Harbor’s snobby elite to style them for the town’s tricentennial ball—though Jess owns the chicest clothing boutique in town. And not chosen finally to be on the WCW, either—not that Jess would have said yes, anyway, since she’s done with any organization that tries to dictate what makes a “true” witch.

No, Jess has been chosen to help save West Harbor itself . . .

As Summer Ends, Her Power Grows

But just when Jess is beginning to think that she and Derrick might have a certain magic of their own—and not of the supernatural variety—Jess learns he may not be who she thought he was. 

And suddenly Jess finds herself having to make another kind of choice: trust Derrick and work with him to combat the sinister force battling to bring down West Harbor, or use her gift as she always has: to keep herself, and her heart, safe.

Can she work her magic in time?

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Jess Gold has always believed in magic and witches and after her mother gifts her a book, “Goody Fletcher’s Book of Useful Household Tips” (which seems to have some extremely useful tips that you won’t find in any copy of Good Housekeeping), Jess uses the book to help herself become a witch. While others in her community believe that you can only be born a witch because of something like a family inheritance, Jess sets out to show that she can learn to be a witch. Unfortunately for her, her first major spell has intended and unintended consequences.

Years later, Jess is enjoying her life. She runs a chic boutique, “Enchantments,” has a cat, and is happy enough until Derrick Winters rides into town (on his motorcycle) proclaiming that she is the “Chosen One” who must save her small Connecticut town of West Harbor with the help of the “Bringer of Life.”

It seems like a lot to Jess. Having to save the world (no, just West Harbor), track down the Bringer of Light, and train her before the end of the world (no, just West Harbor), especially when Derrick keeps disappearing and doesn’t really appear to be any help at all, well, except to ignite her libido.

I am smiling just to remember the events, humor, and snark of Enchanted to Meet You.

The Bringer of Life is one Esther Dodge, who could just as easily be called the Bringer of Snark and Wow. Esther is powerful but untrained and frequently so funny that I looked forward to all of the scenes she was in.

I also loved main character, Jess, who may be plus sized (or chubby) but who is not fixated on her weight but accepts herself as she is. She’s one of the best representations I’ve encountered. I liked that it was a case of it is what it is and move on.

Derrick Winters is the fantasy that rides in on a motorcycle, chiseled cheekbones, hair tied back, with Mommy issues. And you would have them too if you knew who his mother was.

Enchanted to Meet You is a pleasure escape. It made me happy.

Many thanks to Avon and Netgalley for sending me a copy.

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