Posted in 2021, ARC, Charlie Laidlaw, Contemporary Fiction, Novel, Top Books

Everyday Magic by @claidlawauthor

Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car.

But something has been changing in Carole’s mind. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was.

Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future.

Everyday Magic is an uplifting book filled with humour and poignancy, and reminds us that, while our pasts make us who we are, we can always change the course of our futures.


When Carole was little, she found a magic clearing in the woods near her home.



(@RingwoodPublish, 26 May 2021, 400 pages, ebook, #ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed)




I’ve read and enjoyed other books by the author so was really looking forward to Everyday Magic which is quite a bit different from his other title’s. I really loved this book. I feel in love with the characters. I felt really connected to Carole as she seeks to understand her present and the doubts creeping into her mind about her husband, her family and her life but seeking answers in the past. There’s something I really loved about the way the author tackles this premise. I especially enjoyed the odd moments when Carole’s Alexa device seems to be talking directly to her and she thinks her sat nav can hear her. This is a funny, life-affirming book. I loved it.


I live in Irvine in the Scotland with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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