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Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite
After an ugly divorce, middle-aged nurse, Phoebe, and her sixteen-year-old daughter are forced to move back to her hometown, Camden, and also back into her childhood home with her mother and grandmother. She is able to secure a job taking care of a bedridden old lady who lives on a large estate but apparently has no heirs. She sees weird things but ascribes this to being overworked and under a lot of stress. When it becomes clear to Phoebe that someone is trying to kill Hattie, she promises herself that she would stop anyone who tries to harm Hattie. When a stranger tries to cast a magic spell, Phoebe goes into protective mode and almost gives her life to save Hattie’s. Magical creatures come to her aid and in a single night, her life is turned upside down. She wanted to have a makeover but did not bargain on a magical one. What is more, she learns that Fiona, her best friend, is a witch. Magical Makeover by Brenda Trim is a comfortable read with lots of humor.
Brenda Trim wrote a refreshing book with an older, more mature heroine. For once it is not a teenager who discovers he or she has powers but a forty-year-old divorced mother. She is not perfect but honest with some snarky comments and thoughts. I liked the fact that she was chosen on merit and has trouble always being objective and doing the right thing. The story fluidly draws in the other magical creatures that live on the estate as well as a certain sexy agent from the underworld. There is no sexual content although there are a few honest comments and innuendos that make this book unsuitable for teenagers. This book was written for middle-aged women who can honestly relate and identify with the main character.