Daphne “Daffy” Rose Wallace Deschants has just found out that after thirteen years of marriage her husband, “G”, is a lying cheat and she’s determined to kick him to the curb. Daffy knows that she and her three children should be just fine since she has her coffee shop she runs with her best friend but when Daffy confronts G to end things she finds out he has even more secrets that he’s been hiding. Just after their dinner and discussion about his cheating ways they are confronted by a robber that G stops with his magic wand and Daffy comes to realize G is a wizard.
Even though Daffy is determined to send G packing things aren’t always that simple when you have children together. Just as G is out of the house Daffy finds she needs his help with the kids when they all seem to start showing signs of coming into powers of their own. And just when Daffy thinks she is the only one in the family that is normal it becomes apparent she is a kitchen witch herself. But to make matters worse for this family more of Gs secrets come into play when it’s found that his past is catching up with them and they are in danger.
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford is an urban fantasy read bringing witches and wizards into an everyday world for this family that once seemed relatively normal. For me this was another of those books that I just couldn’t decide from one minute to the next whether I loved the story or hated it. This is really due to the fact that in my mind reading the synopsis for the book that Daffy would be sending her cheating ex packing but it ends up this poor excuse for a man is a big portion of the book. If you’ve ever watched a movie or show and covered your eyes during the eeeww parts then that is how I felt when G is involved but you can’t cover your eyes while reading.
On the plus side though I did like Daffy and her kids and the idea behind the story the author had come up with. This family discovering their magic when all seemed like normal day to day life until then was actually a fun idea. And then to ramp up the action to find there was also danger in this hidden world that had been brewing for years was a great idea. The problem still rested with the cheating hubby with his lame excuse of blaming magic when even the children were doing magic without “needing” sex. I honestly just wish the author had done her story and eliminated the cheating side and I think more readers would love this urban fantasy. In the end for me I decided on 3 stars for this one as parts of it were great.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.