Madness and the Magic, The

Madness and the Magic, The

A dishy vicar, an unexpected grandchild and hot flushes...how will a witch like Minerva cope with one hormonal challenge after another?


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Minerva is a witch on a mission to beat the dreaded menopause disease while teenage daughter Rhiannon faces up to the trials of an unexpected pregnancy. The story undulates between Minerva's ridiculous antics to snare the local guitar-playing vicar (with tarot cards for guidance and brandy for confidence) and Rhiannon's emotional turmoil. A horse-riding accident and many crazy spells later throw mother and daughter into both a tragic and comical cauldron of change. How much difference will it make? And as one thing leads to another and madness threatens to engulf their small world...will magic save the day?
Enter the almost familiar world of contemporary magical realism written by an author with first-hand experience of modern witchcraft. This book is alive with laughter, magical possibility and the challenges and realities of life.

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

This warm, engaging and funny book is a must read for those on a pagan path and for anyone interested in the magic of everyday life. The characters are well written and instantly recognisable and the plot keeps you interested and engaged from the very first page. We are instantly transported into a world that is both fun and meaningful. Probably the best thing about the book though is the way the author approaches the often misunderstood subject of magic in the modern world in a down to earth way, making it real and accessible- which is the way it should be. This includes the ability to laugh about it, which is rare and important as it avoids the trap of grandiosity which so much 'magical' writing can fall into. A great read, I loved it. ~ Jez Hughes, facebook

Review: The Madness and the Magic I rarely review fiction on my blog. It isn't that I dislike fiction, it is just that I'm fussy. And, let's face it, there's a lot of bad fiction out there. The reason I'm making an exception and reviewing a fiction title - The Madness and the Magic- on my blog today is that really enjoyed it. It made me laugh, brought a tear to my eye and did all the things a good book is meant to do. I also enjoyed it because it is about a witch I couldn't help but identify with just a little bit - the menopausal Minerva who gets up to all sorts of antics in her search for fun, romance and magic. The book is set in the modern day, but with a hint of the supernatural - but I'd stop reading this review here if you don't like spoilers. This is how publisher Moon Books sums up The Madness and the Magic: Minerva is a witch on a mission to beat the dreaded menopause disease while teenage daughter Rhiannon faces up to the trials of an unexpected pregnancy. The story undulates between Minerva's ridiculous antics to snare the local guitar-playing vicar (with tarot cards for guidance and brandy for confidence) and Rhiannon's emotional turmoil. A horse-riding accident and many crazy spells later throw mother and daughter into both a tragic and comical cauldron of change. How much difference will it make? And as one thing leads to another and madness threatens to engulf their small world...will magic save the day? Enter the almost familiar world of contemporary magical realism written by an author with first-hand experience of modern witchcraft. This book is alive with laughter, magical possibility and the challenges and realities of life. The author is Sheena Cundy - herself a witch, wife, mother, musician and teacher. She sings and writes songs for pagan band Morrigans Path and is the creator of the lovely Magic of Nature Oracle. ~ Lucya, Badwitch

A menopausal witch, magic and mayhem...fabulous book I could totally relate to! ~ Rachel Patterson, author of Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft

What do you get when you take a menopausal witch who isn't afraid to use magick to find love, a sleepy village full of whacky characters, a hormonal daughter and a sexy man of the cloth? Mayhem! Minerva is a truly wonderful character who brings to life the essence of menopause in all its highs and lows and hot flushes. In less capable hands than Ms Cundy’s she could have become a pagan cliché but this is never allowed to happen, although most of us on an earthy spiritual path will recognise some of our more flamboyant mystical ways and mutterings! This is just a very enjoyable book with many laugh out loud moments. There are sad and tense times too but this book never loses hope because Minerva, although flawed in some ways, never loses hope or a belief that ‘magic is all around’. The mixture of lust, tarot cards, motherhood, friendship, magick and quite a few swigs of brandy, make this book a real treat. If you want to smile as you finish a book, this one is for you! ~ Colette Brown, columnist and author of Menopause A Natural and Spiritual Journey

Comedy, pathos, human foibles, and inebriated witches, this is a rich and entertaining read. I giggled a lot, I nearly cried, I definitely cheered. ~ Nimue Brown, author of assorted humorous tales and Pagan non-fiction

Magical realism at its best. Perfect for pagans - The Madness and the Magic is a fast-paced read that keeps the reader hooked. The "over forties" witch will love it! With wonderful "real" characters, great humour tinged with sadness, and with an underlying compelling storyline, this book retains its magic throughout. ~ Harmonia Saille, Hedge Witch and author of Pagan Portals - Hedge Witchcraft

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Sheena Cundy
Sheena Cundy Sheena Cundy is a witch, wife, mother, musician, teacher and Reiki Master. She teaches the Tarot, spiritual development and horse riding, an...
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