• Second Chance Magic

  • A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Romance Novel: Order of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Michelle M. Pillow
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Secrets broke her heart...and have now come back from the grave to haunt her.

A new series from NYT and USAT best-selling author, Michelle M. Pillow!

Lorna Addams’ life is not turning out like she expected. After a very public embarrassment, she finds it difficult to trust her judgment when it comes to new friendships and dating. She might be willing to give love a second chance when she meets the attractive William Warrick, if only she could come to terms with what her husband did to her and leave it in the past.

How is a humiliated empty nest widow supposed to move on with her life? It’s not like she can develop a sixth sense, séance her ex back, force him to tell her why and give her closure. Or can she?

©2020 The Raven Books LLC (P)2020 The Raven Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"Emotionally powerful, must-have read." (K.F. Breene, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post best-selling author)

"Hilariously touching story." (NY Times best selling Author Darynda Jones)

"A fantastic story of second chances" (Jana DeLeon, NY Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best selling author)

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Well written and wonderful Characters

This is a wonderful story! I am not a huge fan of witches but the way this one comes about is good! It didn’t bother me. I was so invested in the actual characters that when the witch stuff came around? It fit right into the story seamlessly. This one revolves around Lorna. She gets gob smacked with news at her husbands funeral. She moves and meets some new girls. Heather and Vivian befriend her and we learn a bit about them as well. Enter William...Heathers brother. The relationship between William and Lorna is sweet and adorable. These two together are great.

I am assuming the other stories In this series will showcase the other two women’s stories. I did listen to this on audio. Rebecca Cook is the narrator. She does a good job.

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A great PWF story!!

A husband dies & Lorna finds that she never really knew her husband. Lorna is now starting over. With little to nothing after the loss of her husband, she takes a job that offers her a small living area with a small wage.
She becomes friends with her boss & her bosses’ best friend. That’s when things start to change...good changes or bad changes??
Well worth reading or listening to!! Looking forward getting the next book, Third Times a Charm!!

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Magic

Strangely beautiful! I didn't think I was going to like this, but I totally loved it. The characters are engaging, and the storyline is captivating , intriguing, and entertaining. Listening to this put a smile on my face. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a superb job with voices and expressions bringing it to life.

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Three women healing together

An interesting read with three women facing pain, loneliness, and loss on their own. Together they may have a chance to face their demons on their own terms. However, they are playing with power they do not understand. What happened to grandmother?

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Fantastic Characters

After her husband dies and his secrets start to come out, Lorna decides to start her life over in a different town. She finds two friends, Heather And Vivian and a new romance, Will. I can't imagine losing everything after the horrible loss and humiliation she suffers. The 3 friends were destined to find each other, they make a great trio. They are like the kind of friends you always wanna hang out with. When Lorna finds her place in this new world it makes you proud that she was strong enough to pick herself up and move on. This book is worth every penny you spend on it.

I liked hearing about the developing friendships and budding romance. Lorna is a relatable character, well written.

I highly recommend this book. Dive in and enjoy the ride with Lorna, Heather and Vivian.

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Totally Enjoyed this 40+ Book

I did love this book, especially the uniqueness of the story.

Lorna, Heather and Vivian were all very likable.
Story was fun, some horror, friendship, magic and a romance.
The romance was not over graphic, which I totally appreciated.

Heather’s brother William was equally likable.

Looking forward to Vivian’s book, Order of Magic next.
Hope it comes soon

No problem with the narrator.
Rebecca Cook did a very nice job.

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Never Do a Seance While Drunk

Second Chance Magic starts off with Lorna Addams discovering the lies and secrets that her husband has left her during his memorial services. Her life has been a lie and to discovered that her husband has secret life with another wife, the first wife. The life that Lorna Addams has disintegrated into nothing. Anything that she and her husband have, belongs to the first wife.

Three years later after going through several court litigation and humiliation of how could she not have known she was the "other woman". Lorna relocated to Free Wild Cove, North Carolina for a new start in life. The only thing she hoped for was that no one in Free Wild Cove would bring up her humiliation of her being married to a lie for 20 years.

Heather Warrick, her boss and her best friend Vivian befriended her. Vivian, being vocal, suggested to seance Lorna's husband to get answers.

This story reminds me of Charmed, the TV series with the exception that Lorna, Heather, and Vivian are not related to each other as sisters. All three have to learn magic with the help of Heather's ghost, Grandma Julia. All three have to learn to deal with their personal pain to move forward.

For Lorna, she has to also learn to make friends and learn to trust Heather's brother, William and that all men are not like her husband.

This book is a good start for the series. I also like the title. The title suited Lorna's life as getting a second chance to a real relationship with William.

The narrator, Rebecca Cook did a very good job. It did take me awhile to get used to her voice. After I got used to the narrator's voice, I started to enjoy listening to the story.

I was given this book by the author. I have decided to voluntary write an unbiased review for the book. I was not compensated or influence in any way in writing this review.

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Amazingly fun read!!

Second Chance Magic by Michelle M. Pillow is the first in the Order Of Magic series.
Ups, downs, twists, magic and mystery!! This book is amazing and had me hooked from the first chapter. Great characters, I cant wait for more!!

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Gotta love girls night and supernatural book club

When Lorna needs to start over she takes a chance on a new job, in a new town, in a different state, A place where no one knows her and her drama. As she builds friendships and settles in, she finds herself haunted by unanswered questions, and can't help thinking the very attractive William, or his sister, could help her find those answers. But sometimes life presents opportunities that seem perfect, and turn out entirely different than we ever could have imagined.

Can Lorna, and William, make peace with their pasts, and move forward?

This done in one story has interesting world building, fun characters, wit and humor that tickled my funny bone, all while tackling grief.

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Surprises

Starting a surprise/twist right away i became invested in Lorna's story. This is a fantastic story of magic, family, and friendship. The story is filled with humor and heat. I really enjoyed this read where it shows that life can still change at 40.

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  • Gill M
  • 09-10-22

Compelling

Lorna Addams had a good life. A husband and almost grown children.
Then her husband dies. At the funeral she discovers her “husband” was a bigamist. Then his wife takes legal action leaving Lorna with no money or home.

With her children settled in college, she makes a new life alone.

In Freewild Cove, she hopes to start again without the baggage of her previous humiliation.

A job managing and living at the local theatre brings new friends. Her boss and landlady, Heather introduces her to Vivien Stone. So starts a friendship of forty something women which rapidly becomes something more.

On the same night, they each find a ring in their homes. Together, those rings combine to strengthen the latent psychic powers that each possesses.

A seance leads Lorna to summon her “husband” to explain his betrayal. The outcome is not what any of them expect!

Excellent story combining midlife rediscovery, friendship and the paranormal.
Compelling first in a fascinating series.

Good narration.

I received a free copy of this audiobook via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. All views expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-22

Great start to a new series.

I enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was great and the story flowed smoothly. We have an older couple (40's) with baggage. When Lorna moves to Freewell Cove she's hoping to start over without her past hanging over her head. Secrets destroyed her marriage and with her children gone from home she's on her own for the first time in years. When she meets Heather and Vivian, she finds her new family. The women have been drawn together by magic and they'll have to discover their new strengths. When William comes into her life, she'll also have to resolve the problems from her past. Series is fun with likable characters that grow and change as they learn from their mistakes and find new paths forward.

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  • LeMiliere
  • 09-06-22

New Beginnings

This story tells how Lorna's life was irrevocably changed after she became a widow at 41. She never saw it coming, her life was happy she and her husband of twenty years had 3 grown-up kids who were all attending college Nicholas was the oldest then there were the twins Jenifer and Jacob. But at the Funeral she learned something that would affect her deeply.....

This story was so well written, it deals with loss and starting over, learning to trust your judgement and finding friendship and love in your 40s. There is so much more I could say but that would spoil a really wonderful story, I recommend downloading this and listening to it yourself.

The narration of this book by Rebecca Cook is excellent, she brought the story to life for me.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 05-30-21

Good

Lorna ,Vivian and Heather find rings and strange things start to happen. Then they find a book of seances that Julia Heathers Grandmother led them too and strange things start to happen.

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  • C. Childs
  • 05-28-21

Great new series!!!!

This audiobook mainly revolves around Lorna but it is so much more! Yes, she had a rough start in the very beginning BUT that made her stronger & who she is during her "midlife."
SPOILERS AHEAD:
Fast forward 3 years from the beginning & she lands in Freewild Cove. It changes her life forever, in a very good way. She becomes besties with Heather & Vivian. Vivian is a hoot by the way. She even has some steamy bits with William, Heather's brother. The ladies each find the same type of object that binds them in a way plus Heather & William have a family secret that comes out. Heather embraces it but William completely denies it until...............
This audiobook so much to offer. Intrigue, humor, magic, etc. A definite must!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 05-24-21

Amazing Suspenseful Story!

This is the first book in the Order of Magic Series, a Paranormal Romance Women's Fiction Novel. Wow! I loved it! Lorna's story is captivating! Mom of three, betrayed by her late husband, she is a wonderful character, strong, and smart. William is handsome, supportive, and caring. They share an instant attraction, and an undeniable chemistry. Vivien and Heather (William's sister) are amazing friends, and wonderful supporting characters. Lorna and her two new friends are gifted with psychic abilities. The storyline is original, intricate, and enthralling, filled with mystery, suspense, and some scary scenes. Impossible to put it down! Rebecca Cook did a wonderful job with the narration. Looking forward to listen to Third Time's a Charm, Vivien's story, the second book in the Series. If you like Paranormal Romance, and Women's Fiction, this series is definitely for you! I enjoyed it, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

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  • Mrs. C. J. Mchardy
  • 05-20-21

wonderfully emotional read

This is a wonderfully emotional read. Lorna finds out that she is the second wife of a bigamist on the day of husbands funeral. She moves to a new town and makes two new friends. together they have some unusual gifts.
I enjoyed this story immensely and look forward to listening and reading more in this series.

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  • Shangkari Balenderan
  • 01-30-21

Sweet, Heartwarming.....with a little magic!

I loved this story, I was not expecting this beginning which made me surprised (since I read a lot of paranormal, this is something!). I loved the pace of the book and the characters. There were deep issues faced by each of the featured female characters that made it so much more real. New love, new friends, new beginnings. Just reminds us all, that even life has its chapters and it's never too late to create a new adventure for yourself. When you realise life doesn't bind you, there is so much world out there to experience and fall in love with! Definitely looking forward to the next one in the series! Paranormal Women's Fiction are stories featuring older women. Some of the themes in this book and the series are difficult ones. These stories help shed some light on those with a little twist of hope and magic. If you enjoy paranormal and fantasy stories, these are a perfect addition to your reading list!

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  • Fantasy Fan
  • 01-11-21

A Betrayal, A Second Chance and Some Magic

I received this in return for an honest review. I have been really enjoying the Fab13 PWF books and this was no exception. It had me hooked right from the very beginning - I didn’t expect the betrayal at the start and it really made me feel and connect with Lorna. I enjoyed the developing relationships between, Lorna, Heather and Vivien. Such a really lovely story where heartbreak and grief brings these three ladies together and Lorna finds herself with a second chance. Brilliant start to a new series and great narration as always by Rebecca Cook. Well worth a listen.

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  • oomuchi
  • 12-28-20

A new life in a new place

There is fun, a little paranormal scary action, a new blossoming relationship, new friendships, and the premise of the plot, the discovery of new psychic abilities.
Lorna finds out the day of her husband's funeral that she is his second wife and that he never divorced his first one. Starts out almost tragic/funny with a interesting funeral. As an escape from a horribly embarrassing situation leads Lorna to move. She chooses a small town she passed through once. Very quaint by the beach. She gets a job and makes friends with two other women. They are all magical.
I liked the main character, Lorna, and her friends Heather and Vivien. The story was not what I expected, but it was very good. I love the dynamic between Lorna, Heather and Vivien and how they come to rely on each other.
This book grabbed me right at the outset, and Ms. Pillow barely hit the brakes throughout the story. This book is exciting. It's paced so you don't feel as though you've missed anything important. The characters are fully written, you feel as though you know them. You feel them. That commitment to the story from the author always pays big dividends for the reader.

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  • Katelyn.N.Alexander
  • 11-02-21

I really wanna get the next one now!

I loved the story and the character development, but that last jump scare at the end had me terrorfied for a moment lol🤣