Book Notes: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

Becca gets the credit for inspiring me to pick up this book and although I’ve been hand selling it for weeks, when we’ve had copies to sell that is, I’ve been waiting for it to be more fall-like before featuring it on our blog. It turns out I wasn’t the only one completely enchanted by this cozy magical romance, as both the publisher and our distributor keep running out. But I can’t wait any longer. We have two copies on hand, fall has officially started and we’ll be restocked by mid-October.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a contemporary romance with a hefty dose of magic. In this novel, witches exist in secret alongside the rest of us, staying isolated from each other, even in their childhood, in order protect their secrecy and to avoid exposure. But when Mika Moon answers an advertisement out of curiosity for Witch Wanted, she finds herself in an eclectic household in Norfolk that includes one aging former Shakespearean actor, his husband the groundskeeper, a housekeeper, a grumpily sexy librarian and, oh yes, three young witches. 

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Upcoming Events at Island Books

Here are the events we have coming up at Island Books!

Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30pm

Mike Trigg, author of Bit Flip in conversation with Margaret O’Mara

Join us Thursday, September 22 at 6:30pm to celebrate Mike Trigg’s debut novel Bit Flip. Mike will be discussing his book with local author and Silicon Valley expert Margaret O'Mara. Combining the corporate intrigue of Joseph Finder, the satirical cultural critique of Dave Eggers, and the domestic drama of Laura Dave, Bit Flip is a fast-paced contemporary thriller that delivers an authentic insider’s view of the corrupting influences of greed, entitlement, and vanity in technology start-ups.

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Book Notes: The Marriage Portrait

I have a handful of authors who belong to a select category labeled “I will read anything you write.” I find their prose irresistibly compelling, no matter the subject, no matter if the characters are likable, no matter if (gasp!) the ending is hopeful. Ann PatchettEmily St. John Mandel. And Maggie O’Farrell.

When I read the description of her newest novel, The Marriage Portrait, I thought, I’m not sure I want to read a historical novel about a girl in Renaissance Italy, who is raised in privilege for the sole purpose of making an advantageous marriage, makes said marriage, and is dead less than a year later. You know the end before you even begin. 

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