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Summary

"Happily Ever After" wasn't supposed to come with a do-over option. But when my husband of 20 years packs up and heads for greener pastures, and my son heads away to college, that's exactly what my midlife becomes. 

A do-over. 

This time, though, I plan to do things differently. Age is just a number, after all, and at 40 I'm ready to carve my own path. 

Eager for a fresh start, I make a somewhat unorthodox decision and move to a tiny town in the Sierra foothills. I'll be taking care of a centuries-old house that called to me when I was a kid. It's just temporary, I tell myself. It'll just be for a little while. 

That is, until I learn what the house really is: something I never would've thought possible.

As my new life begins, a couple of things become immediately clear: Forty isn't too old for adventure. Not by half. It is too old to take crap from anyone, however, or care what people think.

I had no idea how incredibly freeing that could be. Or how dangerous this new life would become. 

I have a chance to start again, and this time, I make the rules.

©2020 Hazy Dawn Press, Inc (P)2020 Hazy Dawn Press, Inc

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I Loved This Story - It Ticked Every Box!

I'm already a fan of K. F. Breene's books and her writing style. Her stories tick every box for me; intelligent writing style that's easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can connect to and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story and setting and a balanced mix of relationship, tension, action, humour and mystery. As a menopausal woman, I love that this series will have an older protagonist and supporting characters.

I've listened to audiobooks narrated by Nicole Poole before and loved her performance - Magical Midlife Madness was no exception. I loved the pace at which she read the book and how she poured in the relevant emotion for the different scenes. There is a strong core cast of characters in this story, Nicole's performance brought each of them to life, showcasing their personalities while giving them each suitably different voices when reading the dialogue.

Due to the graphic nature of some of the more violent scenes, I would recommend this book to adults who aren't offended by this sort of thing. But if you enjoy a sort of second coming-of-age for older, independent, capable heroines and strong alpha heroes, with a generous helping of banter, humour and realistic issues for the over 40s within a paranormal adventure, then this book may be your next favourite read. It's certainly left me wanting to read the next book - Magical Midlife Dating - and check out the other books available in the Paranormal Women's Fiction (PWF) genre.

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Let down by narrator

Honestly - if you happen across a word you're unfamiliar with, you could,,, I don't know... look it up ousing one of the many online prounication guides.that are available these days.

For example "draughts" is not pronouned "drorts" it's pronounced "draafts".

{sigh} You'd think someone involved in the recording process would point this sort of thing out to the narrator.... but apparently not.

The story's not bad, although the whole muscles-as-hard-as-rocks writing style is tediously overblown.

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Story is great, performance is great...mostly

I really like this story and the performer..... but please please please pronounce Niamh correctly. Every time it's mangled and it drags me out of the story.

And Niamh is mentioned a lot.

But for this....5 stars.

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Absolutely hilarious

I absolutely loved this book. Brilliant writing and performance. You must listen to this to get the full benefit of the book. It’s hilarious. I was driving around laughing like a lunatic listening to it. Can’t wait for book two on audible. I’ve already pre-ordered it.

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Nice story, narration could be better

I like the energetic can-do of the heroine, story was good. However, the narrator has a tendency to rattle off her words like she needs to cram a quota in every minute, so the story suffers, becoming monotonous and unfeeling. Could do better.

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enjoyable

Took a chapter or two to get into it and get used to the reader but now I am going on the hunt for book two

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Loved it

Absolutely loved this book. Even sat down in the living room, tv off so I could find out how it ends. So lovely to have a book that focuses on us slightly older ladies that still want to live in the world of fantasy 🥰 Well done K F Breene, time to listen to your whole catalogue xx

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Fun, Laughter and Friendships in a Crazy World!

Read the book, listen to the audio! You really cannot afford not to explore this world that K F Breene has created. Jess and the gang must be my all time favourite set of characters and Nicole Poole does an absolutely amazing job of bringing them all to life! 5 stars and one of my favourite books/author of all time!

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Love the story

I like the story and the characters are well written however the narrator really needs to learn how to pronounce words she hasn't come across. Niamh is pronounced neeve not nayev and Niamh is one of the main characters so you hear that word a lot. There are other words too that the narrator should have been told how to pronounce before this was released. I do, however, plan to get the whole series as its nice to have an older woman who's relatively happy in her own skin as the main character for a change.

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Fluffy fun

Loved the MC I'm also completely freaked out by dolls. Overall I enjoyed the book. It irritated me how the narrator pronounced Niamh and draughts wrong throughout and the an Irish accent almost as bad as the ones that made me stop watching Sons of Anarchy. Also how many times Jess let out breaths she didn't realise she'd been holding 🙄

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  • Taryn Sikes
  • 29-02-20

NOoOOooo! It's Over

WOW, just wow. where to begin.

First of all it's over. 😭😭😭 WHEN is the next one coming out, because I will be hoovering that one too.

So, first thought about Magical Midlife Madness is holy cats it is hilarious!! So many times I laughed out loud and caused side eyes from my husband and my kids. At one point I was laughing so hard I was crying and crossing my legs so I wouldn't piddle myself.

Second thought is that it is an amazing story! I love how powerful the main character is. She might second guess herself here and there, but she knows who she is, and she is amazing.

Thirdly, Niamh is hilarious! And the play between Mr. Tom, Niamh, and Edgar is extremely awesome/hilarious/sweet.

All that being said I LOVED this book, I would recommend to anyone, and cannot wait for the next book!!

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  • 07-06-20

Good God she isn’t THAT old!

I enjoyed the story line and it’s refreshing to read something fun with a middle aged woman as the heroine. However...I was really put off by the incessant reminders of her age. Popping bones, droopy skin, stretch marks and on and on through the WHOLE book. The defining character of a woman shouldn’t be her age. I would have enjoyed the story more if there had been an occasional reference instead of a constant reminder. 40 isn’t THAT old for Pete’s sake!

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  • Ryan Mauricio
  • 23-02-20

About time to make being 40 Cool

I love the whole concept of this story. Finally a series where the heroine is in her 40's and not ashamed nor done living life to its fullest! Can't wait for the next book in series.

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  • Trudy
  • 18-02-20

Nothing makes you laugh harder than real life!!!

Are you ready to take the jump into a brand new type of story? Something with a bit of everything for everyone?! A brand new and exciting genre?! Something that is not just for us midlifers but woman of all ages who want their funny, adventurous, strong-female lead, exciting sexual chemistry stories to have a bit of reality?! Of course you are! We are the new woman of today, paving out the better roads of tomorrow! If you are onboard then this…this right here…is THE next book for you!

Nothing makes you laugh more than the things that happen in real life. Nothing makes you stronger than the mistakes of your past. Nothing makes you sexier than knowing who and what you are and this is where Jacinda finds herself at 40. Freshly divorced and her son off to college she is more than ready for the next chapter in her life and a new adventure. She gets all of that and more when she heads back to her favorite childhood memory, a mansion called Ivy House. Turns out that at 40 you are not done learning, laughing, and gaining strength from all that life brings.

Magical Midlife Madness will have you laughing so hard you may just pee a little! It will introduce you to a new and exciting world where magic does exist and so do the creatures of the night. It will also remind you that with age comes undeniable strength, knowledge and the ability to just roll with it. The twists, turns and surprises keep you turning pages and needing more so grab a copy now! I dare you!

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  • 21-02-20

LMAO everyone that is middle age need to listen

Cant wait for the next one in the series, I laughed my head off and all my husband could do was ask what are you laughing at.
Wives that been married for a while can totally relate to this main character. Excellent story and excellent narrator. Love it
I even went back and listen to it a second time and I normally do not give out reviews easily.

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  • Tina Johnson
  • 19-02-20

A house to watch out for.

Great story, enveloping, making one want more. Mind the begonias. The first in a new series, unfortunately the rest aren't up for preorder yet. This story is fun, funny and amazing. The world is amazing, it really draws you in. The world is very well crafted, quite believable.

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  • A. ADKINS
  • 27-02-20

Her Best Book

I love everything she writes, but this is her best work ever. Funny and suspenseful!

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  • Justine Hennessy
  • 06-03-20

Cute story, a little light on character development

First, narrator did a good job with voicing the different characters but spoke too fast. I listened at 0.75 speed. A bit too much angst about being age 40 by the main character. Beginning was slow, almost returned the book but stuck with it. Wish I could have borrowed from library instead of buying.

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  • grafxgrl
  • 27-02-20

Magically brilliant!

What a breath of fresh midlife air! As usual the narrator, Nicole Poole, did not disappoint in her delivery of another wonderful tale.
This was my first K.F. breene book and I can’t wait to get the rest of these in my ears! The story itself is amazing and made more so with a great narrator.

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  • Shilo Angel
  • 26-02-20

This book is a TEN star listen!

If you are looking for laugh out loud fun and snarky one liners, all tied into a well thought out storyline; then this one is for you! Seriously this one is a keeper and you will find yourself listening to it several times for that magical escape from mid-life's realities.

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