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Publisher's Summary

"Mystical, magical, and wildly original.... If Alice Hoffman and Sara Addison Allen had a witchy love child, she would be Paige Crutcher. Do not miss this beautifully realized debut!" (JT Ellison, New York Times best-selling author of Her Dark Lies)

A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost...and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around - changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight - and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention. 

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life. 

Answers. Family. Home. 

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Griffin

©2021 Paige Crutcher (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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EXCELLENT

Applause to you, Paige Crutcher. Your Book is excellent, The setting, the characters, the plot, the intrigue carries you from page one to the end. Write More---I will be waiting.

Saskia Maarleveld 's narration is flawless. Applause

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So much potential!

I felt like it was several books in one. Several aspects of the story deserved more flushing out while others could have been left out. The plot felt convoluted and as though the author was always adding another bit of information. It didn't help build the plot in a progressive way but pile it up in a heap.
The overarching story line was great. I loved everything about the lost library. I wished it was written in first person. Would have helped connect to the main character and flush out some of the story as it unraveled.

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Great book

Great read. I had a hard time putting this book down.
The narrator did a great job on this one as well!

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Delighted

Ahhh a fresh story! I was enchanted the whole way through! Good narration too!! Yay!

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what's with all the weird names?

I just can't, I don't understand why there's not a dog named Sue? or a lady named 'hagridmay' or somebody named 'overactiveimagination' Why not Apple, Blanket, or North? ' t's just out of control. I got an idea; 'See-ya' . I couldn't get past chapter 4.

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A magical book recommended for all who love magic!

this book impressed me beyond all expectations!! I'm sad it's a stand alone book as I fell in love with the world and the characters and want to keep hearing/ reading more about them. I recommend this book for anyone who loves witchy tales and magical worlds!! the only thing I was sad about is that it had to end.

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really good listen

enjoyed this story and the characters in it. was a really good listen on the road.

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Didn't want it to end!

This author really knows how to take you away into a magical land. I did not want this book to end! Such an incredible story about belonging that everyone can relate to.

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Beautifully written & brought to life

Persephone is a very relatable protagonist. She feels like she just doesn't belong until she finds an unexpected connection. I loved the way that the history, relationships, and Persephone’s personal growth unfolded throughout the book. My favorite parts were the descriptions and action in and around the Library of the Lost.

The narration was incredible and at times I had to remind myself that it was just one actress reading all those parts. She did a great job bringing everything to life.

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Narrator was excellent but the story plot and characters weren’t great. The main character was somewhat annoying and the magical aspects became very repetitive and dull. Wouldn’t recommend