Magic for Joy by Holly Jacobs – Book Review

Magic for Joy  By Holly Jacobs

Published By BelleBooks/ ImaJinn Books   November 30, 2000

Genres:  Humor, Romance

Pages:  192

Rating:  4out of 5 stars


Publisher’s Description


The fairies are back! And they’re determined to see that another Aaronson sibling bites the matrimonial bullet. Whether she enjoys the experience or not.

Joy Aaronson is an accident waiting to happen. but she’s long since learned to accept her ability to create catastrophes. She doesn’t need help—especially not fairy help. But that’s just what she’s getting, like it or not.

Joy has always felt like a bit of an outsider, until she connects with a little girl who desperately needs her. Now, she’ll do whatever it takes to help Sophie . . . even if that means dealing with Sophie’s stern but sexy father.

She’s not the least bit worried that the fairies believe Gabriel is her own Prince Charming. After all, he’s described her as “comfortable!” That doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven. But the fairies are sure that Gabriel St. John will turn from a toad into a prince as soon as he falls in love with Joy. In fact, they’re counting on it.

And what the fairies want, the fairies get . . .


Story Notes

Holly Jacobs Second Book in the Dear Fairy Godmother series is a fun return to a world in which three fictional characters become the zany love life advisors to real humans who have to decide whether they have gone crazy or just been given the gift of a lifetime.

Although not the most deep subject or thrilling romance, Magic for Joy was non-the-less a really wonderful read that I easily finished in one sitting. I loved the characters Ms. Jacobs created in the three fairy Godmothers and especially in Joy Aaronson. Joy was a lovely and completely human character who exemplified almost exactly the reactions and words I would have had and said given her situation. I loved her compassion for little Sophie, who was feeling so unloved by her mother, and that she gave selflessly of her time to help Sophie arrive at her fathers house and then helped her feel comfortable in her new home. It was also great to watch her balk at the interference of the fairy Godmothers who were trying to match her up with Sophie’s father, Gabriel St. John. Joy  was content in her life and was not looking to fall in love and the absurd situations she finds herself in while trying to ignore the “help” of the Godmothers were laugh out loud funny. Gabriel is still feeling wary after his ex-wife Trudi left him, taking his daughter Sophie with her and allowing him little if any time to get to know Sophie. It is no surprise that both Sophie and Gabriel are a little shy of trusting one another although they both want to belong to a family. And when Ms. Jacobs added Joy and the Godmothers to the mix, she created a story that is sure to have readers coming back often to re-read this delightful story. As to the relationship between Joy and Gabriel,  Ms. Jacobs used my favorite literary devices in bringing two people together – Confused feelings and Assumptions. Joy feels an immediate attraction to Gabriel but is determined not to act on it as she is sure that Gabriel will be happier with his “girlfriend” Helen, given that Joy plans to return to Chicago as soon as a replacement nanny can be found for Sophie. When Gabriel offers her marriage she refuses, believing he cannot love her since she is neither beautiful nor will she help him further his career. Gabriel is likewise confused by his almost immediate attraction to Joy and must decide whether or not he can live without her if she returns to Chicago. Gabriel must work very hard to show, and tell, Joy exactly how much he needs her – not just for Sophie but for himself, as he loves her deeply.

There were a couple of things that made me give this story only 4 out of 5 stars – the odd formatting of the book and the inclusion of unnecessary language. If this book had not been released before I would not have made note of the formatting but this is a re-release and I expected it to have been properly formatted. It was somewhat distracting to be reading along and have to fill in the end of sentences that were incomplete. There was also a notable lack of punctuation in some of the chapters that was distracting to the story. Although some might not be bothered, I found this to be detracting from the story as I am an English buff. The other problem I had with this story was the inclusion of unnecessary language. I realize that the average person may choose to include curse words in their everyday life, but I never believe it has a place in literature. I find this to be especially true in a romance book where one likes to focus on the words spoken to feel the emotions of the characters. Its a little odd to be reading words of love and then stumble across a harsh curse word in the middle of a romantic conversation. I would have been much happier if those had been left out in favor of more appropriate words.

In spite of those two issues I would still recommend this book to my friends, with a word of warning of the inclusion of language for those who might be offended. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and will put her books on my “To Read” list.

This E-book was provided to me free of charge by BelleBooks/Imajinn Books through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.


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