09 March 2017

Authentic & Magical | Some Small Magic by Billy Coffey


She whispers, “I’m supposed to take you home.”
“Not yet,” Abel says. “Please, just not yet.”

All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past.

When Abel discovers letters to him from the dad he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.

With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely upon his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman who was already on the train. From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is that the magic that will one day lead him home?

“On one level, this novel continues a long line of appealing road books . . . But Some Small Magic is also a tale of a journey from doubt to faith, and from hardscrabble despair to the highest form of hope. It’s a vivid and compelling read, with characters so alive you expect them to step out of the pages and say hello. The final pages are so beautiful they hurt a little.” —Stephen Kiernan, author of The Curiosity and The Baker’s Secret


I have loved each one of Billy Coffey’s books I’ve read, so it came as no surprise to me that I quite enjoyed his newest one, Some Small Magic. As Coffey returns once again to the town of Mattingly, the story grabbed my attention, imagination, and emotions. On every page, the plight of the characters feels real and authentic, even as Coffey deftly weaves the expected supernatural element through it all, and I loved journeying with them through the storyline. Simply put, Some Small Magic is a pleasure to read, well-told, magical, and with great depth, and I highly recommend it to interested readers.


Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of Some Small Magic and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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