She whispers, “I’m supposed to take you home.”
“Not yet,” Abel says. “Please, just not yet.”
All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past.
When Abel discovers letters to him from the dad he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.
With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely upon his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman who was already on the train. From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is that the magic that will one day lead him home?
“On one level, this novel continues a long line of appealing road books . . . But Some Small Magic is also a tale of a journey from doubt to faith, and from hardscrabble despair to the highest form of hope. It’s a vivid and compelling read, with characters so alive you expect them to step out of the pages and say hello. The final pages are so beautiful they hurt a little.”
—Stephen Kiernan, author of The Curiosity and The Baker’s Secret
While this book bellows out an endearing “read me!”, alas, I could not “get into it”, as we book lovers like to say. There seems to be an invisible wall between us and the book, and no matter the force we exert to get over said wall, we fall flat on our butts each time.
Here is what I will say, I am not through trying! I respect Billy Coffey as a writer and love his books. So I’m chalking all this up to just bad timing. Soon, very soon, when the moment is right, I will pick it back up again.
And I assume it will be magic.
I was given this book in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed above are my own.