Spellcast (Maggie Graham #1) by Barbara Ashford

Spellcast (Maggie Graham #1)

When Maggie Graham lost her job and her apartment fell to pieces, she decided to flee New York City for a while and hide in Vermont, at the Crossroads Theatre. She hadn't planned to audition, yet soon found herself part of the summer stock cast. But her previous acting experiences couldn't prepare her for the theater's unusual staff-and its handsome, almost otherworldly director.Read Barbara Ashford's blogs and other content on the Penguin Commun...

Details Spellcast (Maggie Graham #1)

TitleSpellcast (Maggie Graham #1)
Release DateMay 3rd, 2011
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Fiction

Reviews Spellcast (Maggie Graham #1)

  • Ratkin
    This is an "I don't know what to say" sort of review. After picking up and putting down copies of "Spellcast" in multiple bookstores, I finally bought it at a Borders closing sale. It then spent a while on the TBR pile, as book after book moved in front of it. I finally took it along on a business trip, and ran out of other books to read. Not exactly a stirring endorsement, so far, is it?This is not an "I couldn't put it down" sort of book. It's ...
  • Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
    You know when you’re having one of “those” days, well Maggie has it worse. Not only does she lose her job, but while in the bath the ceiling collapses. Maggie takes this as a sign to get out of Dodge & goes on a road trip. She ends up at the Crossroads Theatre, something seems to pull her there.It couldn’t have come at a better time, Maggie decides to take it as a sign & revives her acting career. Then she meets Director Rowan Mackenzie, ...
  • Filipa
    One of the best discoveries of 2011! I finished Speelcast and I'm still speechless. I got curious about this book when I saw some reviews stating wonders about this novel by Barbara Ashford. I have to admit the title and the cover did some convincing too but how could I resist to such marvellous reviews? I don't normally buy books because of fantastic review. At least when I'm not certain the book can meet my expectations. But in this case I was ...
  • Susana
    A very charming story about redemption, love and friendship all wrapped up in a musical theater setting. I love stories that can be described as dwelling on the magical realism theme, stories where the fantastic mingles with everyday life. And this one sure delivered. I had a little trouble at the beginning of the book, with the introduction of so many characters. Some of whom took me awhile to be able to follow...but all of them were necessary a...
  • Parajunkee
    Totally taken by surprise regarding SPELLCAST by Barbara Ashford! This book was sugary sweet, but deeply introspective all wrapped up in a musical that was laced with a little paranormal tid-bits here and there. I still don’t know why I accepted this review copy, I’m not into musical theater, I guess it was the cover, or the originality, or maybe even the glowing reviews – but I’m so glad I did take it, read it and subsequently highly enj...
  • Jessica(Spinecracker)
    Originally Posted at http://thespinecracker.blogspot.com/After hours of having a completely quiet and catatonic wife, my husband had to interrupt and ask, "Must be a really good book huh?" He said I looked up with this look of awe on my face and said, "It's like nothing I've ever read before." And that's exactly how I felt; how I still feel even days later. To be completely honest, when Ms. Ashford asked me to read her book I was nervous that I w...
  • April Steenburgh
    It is obviously a sign from above that Maggie needs a change of scene when she is not only fired, but the ceiling of her bathroom collapses on top of her while she tries to take a consolatory bath. She packs a bag and leaves New York City for Vermont, intent on finding a Bed and Breakfast. What she finds instead is the Crossroads Theater and its enigmatic director Rowan.Spellcast is a fairy tale, and like all the best fairy tales it is dark and d...
  • Cheri
    I tagged this book as fantasy, but that's mostly because I don't use a "romance" tag. It barely counts as fantasy. Barely.Yes, I binged on this book. I stayed up late Saturday night. I read for a huge chunk of Sunday. After a few books in a row that were heavy and dense, the lightness of Spellcast was welcome. That said - what the heck? I'm just at a loss as to how this is going to be a good book group discussion. I can't see that there is much t...
  • Ellie
    Spellcast by Barbara Ashford could have been written especially for me: a New York City woman (Maggie Graham) has lost her job in public relations (my former field), flees the city and ends up in a small town in New England (my fantasy), just to rest for a few days. However, they are casting a musical (my first, original, and forever love-musical theater) and of course she wins a part.Spellcast has something for everybody-or at least every part o...
  • Marcia
    I finished this lovely book at 12:45am last night, and I am embarrassed to tell you how emotional I was by the end of the story. It actually kept me awake a long time, as I pondered what might lie ahead for these very engaging and, in the case of Rowan MacKenzie, charismatic, characters. Yes. I admit it. I fretted. Over fictional beings. But isn’t the whole purpose of writing to make the reader care? I think it is. And I think Barbara Ashford d...
  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    3.5The first few chapters of this were tough to get through, as you get a million characters thrown at you and not a lot of depth and I considered dumping the book at one point, but I'm glad I stuck with it, because I did get sucked in, eventually.I think this is partially due to the fact that I kind of related to Maggie - and it was kind of refreshing to see a size 12 female protagonist - and partially 'cause I'm sort of a sucker for things Fae....
  • Autumnjinx
    First off, a quick disclaimer: I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.That said, this is a beautiful book. I loved it! Perhaps I've become a bit jaded from some of my reading, but it felt so refreshing to read a book where the characters were real people. Good people, but real. Not the idealized versions of people. The conflicts and interactions felt like those I have with others everyday. Even the fantasy elements are handled in a way that make...
  • Negine
    What an unexpectedly charming, heartwarming and profoundly moving book Spellcast was!
  • Tori
    Originally posted at http://www.smexybooks.com/2011/06/spe...Favorite Quote: “Remember that he loves you, that you are his heart, that he will carry you with him all the days and nights of his long life. Remember how much you love him, that it’s not merely an echo of his feelings, but as real as the sun on your back and the tears on your face.”Maggie Graham is having a very bad day. First she lost her job, then the ceiling in her NY apartme...
  • Jai
    Review from my book blog (wordpress / livejournal)This is a review for a book I received from the publisher/author.The Premise: When Maggie Graham is laid off and her apartment ceiling collapses into her bathroom on the same day, she has a good cry, then dusts herself off and decides she needs to figure out what to do next. So she packs up and drives. She finds herself in Dale, Vermont, next to a tiny theatre holding auditions for/>The Review f...
  • Jana Denardo
    Loved this one. I felt like I was 20 again (mostly because that's when I was doing theater but I never had anything this interesting happen).
  • Mookie
    Did I like this book? Um. Yes…. But ultimately…. no. Any novel with great, realistic, and funny-to-boot dialogue is always in my good books. I was so desperate for a good fantasy book with a strong female protagonist, and try as I might I have trouble finding a fantasy book that I like outside of Emma Bull, Juliet Marillier and Sharon Shinn. But I saw this at the bookstore and was immediately hooked by the bathtub scene and falling ceiling, t...
  • Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews)
    You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/11/...32 year old Maggie Graham is having a very,very bad day. First she loses her job,then she watches as the bathroom ceiling in her tiny New York apartment falls down. Determined to get away,she takes her meager savings and heads for the country lure of rural Vermont. Following her gut,she takes a certain exit,that leads to a certain town (Dale),where there is a certain white ...
  • Colette
    One of the things I love best about blogging is discovering books like Spellcast. This is one of those books that I would have passed right over if it hadn't been for the tweets that Jessica from The Spinecracker saying how much she loved this book. As we have similar tastes in books, I went to goodreads to check it out. I'm not sure what drew me to the book, but I decided to take a chance on it-and I'm glad I did.Words really can't describe this...
  • Mike
    When I read the premise of this book - magic in a summer stock theatre company in Vermont - and also Carrie Vaughn's front-cover quote, "Warm, humorous, emotional, heartfelt and full of magic", I was expecting something like Debora Geary produces in her Witch novels. Well... it is and it isn't. There are moments where I was moved. There are moments where I laughed out loud, usually at a bit of characterization. But those moments are separated by ...
  • Anna
    I was hoping for some community theatre fantasy fluff when I picked this book up, but what I got was something altogether stranger and more satisfying. This book starts from a very well-trod path but it quickly branches off to explore its own territory, and there is a substrate of bittersweet longing and sinister mystery that stops this story about personal growth and community from being fluff. It's a very hard book to discuss without spoilers, ...
  • drowningmermaid
    The book starts off painting with a broad brush-- the kind of scene set up you expect from a short story or a novella. I was left wondering where the story could possibly go from the initial setup. And 3/4ths of the way in, I'm still wondering.It's about 100 pages worth of story stretched out into 430 pages.You get the backstory of every minor bit player-- who still remain cardboard cutouts. So much fat that could be trimmed. The dialog is stilte...
  • Julia
    I found this new UF novel delightful. Maggie’s lost her job, then her bathroom ceiling collapses and she decides it’s time to get out of Dodge (or more accurately, Brooklyn.) She goes for a drive and winds up at a theater holding auditions in Vermont. They’ll do “Brigadoon,” “Carousel” and an original musical, but the Crossroads Theater is hardly a regular theater company, for Rowan Mackenzie runs it. Besides the moody and mysteriou...
  • Kara Rutledge
    Spellcast put a spell on me. Barbara Ashford is an amazing author, who reminds me of a young adult author named Richie Tankersly Cusick whose books I used to read when I was younger. I simply had trouble putting the book down the entire time I read it. There are so few authors that can actually have that effect. I can't wait to read another book by her, and I hope there is a sequel to this book.
  • Scarlett Pulsipher
    THIS WAS SO FREAKING GOOD. Everything. Oh my goodness. This book, hands down, is one of my new very favorites. Despite the terribly photoshopped cover, what's inside is total and complete art. I loved it. I seldom reread books, but I almost want to flip right back to the beginning and start again. Two thumbs up and a definite recommendation from me.
  • Cornerofmadness
    This was one of my favorite books of the year. I really identified with Maggie in some ways (heck I've even been in or stage managed some of these plays and feel the same way about Carousel). Maggie has hit rock bottom in many ways, being downsized from her 'help center' job in NYC (I'm not even sure how anyone could live even in a shoebox apt like hers doing that work in that place, having also lived there myself).Maggie runs away to Vermont (go...
  • Unwisely
    I picked this up because it was in at the library when I needed another e-book for the elliptical (with 20 minutes left to go!), and I had enjoyed The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity enough that I looked up every author in there.This starts out as a kind of fluffy-but-charming novel about human encountering fae magic. Fine, I read plenty of books about that. There is a clear romance aspect, which then gets worse, until about 2/3 of the w...
  • Nora Peevy
    I wasn't expecting this story to hit me so emotionally. I thought it would be more of a fluffy read like a cozy mystery. It turned out to be a gorgeous love story that took my breath away and tore my heart in two. I cried. I don't do that often when I read. These characters came to me at the exact moment I needed them. The love letter in this novel is the single most romantic declaration I've ever read. I am empty and drained after riding a dazzl...
  • Elisabeth
    When a friend reviewed this on Goodreads several months ago, I knew I had to read it. Fantasy that takes place at a summer stock theatre? My two favorite things in one book! It took me a while to get to it, but then I had a hard time putting it down.
  • Monica
    Oddballs inexplicably drawn to a summer-stock company in Vermont find themselves growing and healing in unexpected ways. The theater aspects of the story charmed me, but the romance plot didn't.