As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.
But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.
As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….
Sometimes, I’ll see a book, show or movie that seems not up my alley. Then I’ll see good reviews for it. Then I’ll see more good reviews. Then I’ll see something close to universal acclaim. I’ve learned at that point, to give the thing a try. Yuri On Ice? I’ve never watched a sports anime in my life. It was AMAZING. Gone Girl? Started my obsession with domestic thrillers.
So when I saw buzz around TVSSOIW, I made a note. And then as months went by and I saw basically NO bad reviews about it….I remembered my rule and gave it a shot. One of the reviews described the book as a warm hug. And Dear Reader do you know what? It WAS.
This is an absolute delight of a book. It’s warm, it’s funny, the characters are great, and the plot is engaging. It’s the epitome of cozy fantasy. Even if it doesn’t seem like your jam, give it a shot.