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"Joy is Pure Magic!"

Holly Fuhrmann's fairy godmothers return in this sequel to Mad About Max. For new readers, the three fairy godmothers, Myrtle, Fern, and Blossom were born from the imagination of Grace MacGuire, a romance writer and the heroine of MAM. After happily settling Grace with her true love Artemus Maxmillion Aaronson, the fairies have moved on to Max's little sister Joy.

If practice makes perfect then the fairies are well on their way. You see in the romances written by Grace, the fairies had a tendency to, well, bungle things quite often, though things always turned out well in the end. They caused a quite a bit of commotion with Grace and Max's real life romance, but they're getting better. They hardly bungled this romance at all. Note I said hardly, NOT that it makes it any easier on their new goddaughter who naturally thinks she's losing her mind!

This is a sweeter romance than the first, but I found it light and uplifting. One thing that hasn't changed is Ms. Fuhrmann's delightful sense of humor, which has transferred from the slapstick antics of the fairies to the warm wit of Magic For Joy's heroine, Delphinia Joy Aaronson.

Though certain of her family's love, Joy has always felt somewhat different from the rest of them. Her two older brothers, Max and Nick are both tall, outgoing, and have highly successful high profile careers. Max is a psychologist, Nick a lawyer. Joy is short and round; in her words - ordinary. Suffice it to say college didn't work out for her, but she's the soul of kindness and a rock for those who are in need. It is in this that Joy found her niche, helping the helpless like battered women. For that reason she founded Ripples and learned of her talent for fundraising.

Joy has spent the last several years living out of a suitcase, her home merely a home base and Joy is beginning to wonder if she'll ever have the things she wants most out of life, a real home complete with husband and children.

Her fundraising efforts find her in yet another wealthy woman's home, getting ready to attend a fundraising party. It is there that the fairies appear to her. Naturally she thinks it's a joke. Who wouldn't? She believes that Max is the culprit. Even after a call to her brother who confirms their existence, she doesn't really buy it. But the fairies have plans for Ms. Joy.

Distracted by her encounter Joy is preoccupied as she heads for the reception and collides with Mrs. St. John's cook. It is then that she notices the adorable six-year-old girl, the cause of the collision. The child is Sophie St. John, her patron's mother, with the saddest little face that Joy has ever seen. It isn't long before it becomes clear that Sophie has been severely neglected by her mother and good- hearted Joy immediately takes steps to put the child at ease. Sophie soaks up Joy's attention like a little sponge and quickly worms her way into Joy's big heart.

Though not inclined to pay my attention to her daughter, the shrewd Mrs. St. John doesn't miss the connection between Sophie and Joy. The woman has the nerve to use her endowment as a bargaining chip to coerce Joy into taking Sophie to live with her father as she is about to marry and will no longer have time to give to her child.

Joy agrees for Sophie's sake and prays that Sophie's dad is a better parent than her mother. Zing! She's fallen right into the fairies master plan. You guessed it Sophie's daddy, Gabriel St. John, is to be the man of Joy's dreams. There are only three problems. After being married to Sophie's mom he's understandable gun shy about marriage, Joy thinks he's in dating one of his employees who happens to share many traits with the ex Mrs. St. John, and he thinks Joy is comfortable. Comfortable! Just the impression she wants to make on the big handsome man. She wants to be LOVED by the man that she loves. Ah but the fairies have yet to make a wrong choice. Has Joy slipped 'comfortably' into Gabriel's heart?

She sure does have a lot to recommend her. If fact if the fairy godmothers were to appear to me, I believe I might just ask them to introduce me to Joy. She is a 'kindred spirit'. Joy is incredible witty; she just has a way of putting people at ease. She is the kind of person I would want for a friend and hey, how can you not love a woman who would prefer 'Friend's' wacky Chandler Bing over his studly roommate Joey ? This reviewer declares Magic For Joy to be another winner for Holly Fuhrmann. It was a feel good kind of read and I just can't wait to see what the godmothers have in store for playboy brother Nick, the last of the Aaronson siblings. Did I mention there is an excerpt from Miracles for Nick (ImaJinn 2001) in the back of the book? One more reason to run out and buy Magic For Joy.

August 2001
copyright 2001

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted August 7, 2001

SUMMARY

Joy Aaronson is an accident waiting to happen. She's long since learned to accept her ability to create catastrophes, and she definitely doesn't need help in that arena. But help's just what she's getting. The fairies are back! And Myrtle, Fern, and Blossom are bound and determined to see that another Aaronson bites the matrimonial bullet. It doesn't matter to them if Joy's Prince Charming, Gabriel St. John, thinks she's comfortable. They're sure he'll eventually fall in love with her. In fact, they're counting on it. If Gabriel and Joy survive Myrtle, Fern, and Blossom's help, they just might discover the...Magic of Joy!

 

Magic For Joy
(Fairy Godmothers Series: Book 2)
by Holly Fuhrmann

Imajinn
November 1, 2000
Available: November 3, 2006
ISBN #1893896196
EAN #9781893896192
242 pages
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Other Books by
Holly Fuhrmann

Fairly Human
Miracles for Nick
Side by Side
Mad About Max


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