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No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells (Mystic Cafe #1)

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Elly Blair welcomes the chance to escape her ex-fiance and job from hell when Grandma Imelda, ready to retire to sunny Florida, calls for her to take over her little southern cafe.

Elly has no idea her grandmother has baked up magic for the unsuspecting townsfolk for thirty years-and now Grandma Imelda insists that Elly use her own hitherto unsuspected magical powers to car
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Rose Pressey
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Sep 01, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to start making up random genres, because some books just don’t fit into the ones already established. I know there’s a whole genre called “cozy” mysteries, and perhaps one called “cozy paranormal mysteries,” but No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells really doesn’t fit the whole cozy theme, because cozy makes me think of quaint, and quaint makes me think of New Englanders wearing sweater vests while sipping tea by a lighthouse. Rose Pressey’s first book in the Mystic Cafe series is more perky ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Elly's not sure she can run her grandma's cafe, and that's before she learns about the magic ingredients. That's magic as in spells, and newbie Elly is suddenly in charge of giving the townspeople a helping hand. An order gone wrong,and hottie customer Rory is suddenly every woman's dream come true...but he only has eyes for Elly.

Magical mistakes don't go unnoticed, and soon Elly's got trouble. If she can't fix the spell in 48 hours, the cafe will be closed for good. Now she's got Tom to worry
May 18, 2012 Mishael rated it liked it
I started out liking this book - really, really liking it. It was going to be a four-star book at least. I was laughing in all the right places. And, although I thought it was kind of odd that Elly's grandmother would run off and leave her at the café by herself that quickly, I went along with it for the sake of the story. There is such a thing as "suspension of disbelief."

From that almost stellar beginning, though, things went downhill very quickly. The friend - her best friend - who gets so fl
Jul 26, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it
Elly is a girl in a muddle. The first thing that will capture the readers' attention is Elly's ability to make everything seem a bit humorous and real. The characters in this novel feel like people you would walk up to in the street and say hi. The men are caring, diligent, and strong. The women funny, quirky, and crafty. Elly helps out in her grandma's restaurant...and soon she may take over. When one little error occurs, her best friend puts down a dish with a love spell in front of the wrong ...more
May 16, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
I should preface by saying that I absolutely loved Rose Pressey's book Me & My Ghoulfriends. This book is only the second book I've read by Ms. Pressey, but it did not measure up. The heroine in Me & My Ghoulfriends was smart, funny and very real. The main character (I can't call her a heroine) in No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells is not a good problem solver, and she doesn't seem to think smart. And, I usually love modern-day-magic-romantic-comedy books. I have a special collection for them ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Frances rated it it was amazing
A little magic doesn't hurt...right?
Unless the spell goes to a hunky guy it wasn't intended to. Then all bets are off. There are actually two hunky guys, a crazy ex, and a girlfriend anybody would want to be friends with.
Elly had moved off to New York to be with her boyfriend. Her grandma called her home to take over the cafe so she could retire. An offer that she wasn't sure of but that was better than staying in New York with the boyfriend. What grandma left out until the last minute was the
Sep 06, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
“This town would fall apart without magic,“ that is the first line in, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells, and the last line is, “After All, Magic Happens.”

The title, No Shoes, No Spells, is a fitting one as the story takes place in Mystic Falls when the heroine, Elly, takes over the Mystic Café from her grandmother. She’s surprised to discover the job includes placing spells on the food to better the lives of the customers with the help of the mystic magic book of spells and magic spices. Then the w
Cute, light read. This book reminded me a little bit of Garden Spells, but it was a little quirkier, and to be honest, not as well written or as good. Still, a cute read and it was only 2.99 anyway. There were some editing and formatting mistakes, but I think the book was self published so it didn't bother me as much as it usually would have. One of my big problems is that Elly took so damn long to ask for help, and to call her Grandmother. She knew she was in over her head, just ask for help al ...more
Keisha Kellee
Aug 09, 2011 Keisha Kellee rated it really liked it
This was one of those books that once you started reading, you had to finish. I really enjoyed the author’s voice and style of writing. I was a little thrown off at first at the use of bold type setting, but the more I read, I saw that it was intentional and I liked the quirkiness of it. The lead character, Elly, was funny and inviting and we got to grow with her through her learning experiences life and magic threw at her. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series and I am equall ...more
May 31, 2013 Ana rated it it was ok
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Oct 14, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it
This was the first book I read of this author's. It was ok... The characters and situation was interesting enough to continue reading, but there was something to be left desired with the actual writing style, for me.

"I need to trust him to make this work. In order for me to succeed, I need to trust him" got that the first time you said it...last sentence.

and there were continuity issues... In one instance she is pressed up against a man's chest, then the next sentence she declar
Dec 30, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book as it is really quite original in its story line. After some unexpected magical mishaps we find ourselves dragged into the life of Elly and I was entrapped until the end.

Leaving the big city and her exfiance behind, Elly comes back to her roots when Grandma Imelda calls giving her the chance to start over in life by running the cafe her Grandma has been running for years. The humor starts when Elly finds out she isn't just the average woman but in fact carrying on a m
Christine Desrochers-Broderick
Apr 20, 2012 Christine Desrochers-Broderick rated it really liked it
Great book! Elly is too nice, I would have pressed charges ;)
Paula  Phillips
Dec 04, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Are you into nice, light-hearted tales ? Did you grow up watching shows like Bewitched or Sabrina the Teenage Witch ? Movies like The Witches of Eastwick , Pratical Magic , Hocus Pocus ? In ways , reading Rose's book No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spell was similar to Janet Evanovich's Wicked Appetite and PC Cast's series The Goddess Summoning series.
In No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells we meet Elly Blair, desperate to restart her life after an horrible relationship with her now ex-fiance and the job from
Jul 22, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
Elly decides to return to her hometown of Mystic Hollow to take over the cafe' that her grandmother owns so her grandma can retire. Once she gets home to take over the cafe' she soon realizes her grandmother uses magic in her food and expects Elly to continue that tradition. Elly has no idea she has magical abilities but soon finds out that she does!

Grandma leaves her alone with the cafe' to run without ever giving her much information on how the magic works or what happens when you mess up. Ell
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No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells – Mystic Café series Book #1

Author: Rose Pressey


Elly Blair welcomes the chance to escape her ex-fiance and job from hell when Grandma Imelda, ready to retire to sunny Florida, calls for her to take over her little southern cafe.
Elly has no idea her grandmother has baked up magic for the unsuspecting townsfolk for thirty years-and now Grandma Imelda insists that Elly use her own hitherto unsuspected magical powers to carry on the family tradition.
But Elly's
Sep 03, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Book One of the Mystic Cafe series finds Elly's world pretty much turned upside down. So when Grandma Imelda calls her to come home to take over for her at the Mystic Cafe so she can retire, Elly decides that anything must be better than where she is at. Time to go home. How hard can it be anyway, it's just a cafe and she does like to cook. To bad she's just about to find out that everything at the Mystic is served with a side order of magic!

Armed with Grandma's spellbook, magic spices and best
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jan 15, 2016 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it really liked it
This was a very cute, fun book to read! This was not one of those dark, scary, serious witch books. This was a quick easy flowing read.
I loved the setting - a cafe', can't get much better than that! For some reason I loved stories set in cafe's. You have "small town America", the cafe', the kitchen where all the spells are cooked up, the park - everything is presented very nicely so you get a good picture in your head.
It has nice character development. I really liked Elly. I loved that she wasn'
Jul 02, 2011 Destiny rated it it was amazing
Rose Pressey delivers another dose of her quirky sense of humor with this new series! From the beginning of the book, I was laughing out loud! Main character Elly Blair not only inherits a cafe from her grandma Imelda, but a large helping of chaos when she discovers the cafe come with a side order of magic!

Grandma Imelda has been helping the local townspeople by serving their food spiced with a splash of her special magic. Most are general spells, the feel better-no arthritis pain-spell or maybe
Jul 28, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Elly Blair welcomes the chance to escape her ex-fiance and job from hell when Grandma Imelda, ready to retire to sunny Florida, calls for her to take over her little southern cafe.

Elly has no idea her grandmother has baked up magic for the unsuspecting townsfolk for thirty years-and now Grandma Imelda insists that Elly use her own hitherto unsuspected magical powers to carry on the family tradition.

But Elly's new at this stuff. Her dishes don't turn out as full of smidgens of enchantment and da
Jul 19, 2011 Holjo rated it really liked it
Elly has returned to her hometown of Mystic Hollow at the request of her Grandma Imelda. Imelda is ready to retire, but she can’t make her move until Elly is ready to take over the family business; a homey restaurant serving traditional southern dishes called the Mystic Cafe. Her timing couldn’t have been better, because Elly has recently ended her engagement to her cheating fiance Ray and is ready to make a fresh start.

Although Elly had grown up in and around the Cafe, she never knew that her
Evelyn Amaro
Sep 22, 2011 Evelyn Amaro rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PNR, UF, Witch and Magic Lovers.
Read my full review on

This book has it all! It is laugh-out-loud funny, with a dreamy romance, a "who done it" mystery, uncontrollable magic and a cast of insanely unique character that will hook you and keep you turning the pages until the very end. If you like Practical Magic, Bewitched and Hocus Pocus, then you will love this book!

Clumsy, down-on her-luck Elly Blair has been stepped on and disappointed long enough. She escapes her cheating fiance and her horrid job to return to her hometown
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When Elly Blair moves to Mystic Hollow to take over running her grandmother’s café, she never expects that her grandmother wants her to use magic as well – Elly didn’t know she was even capable of using magic! Elly hopes that a little luck and a lot of hard work will ensure that she doesn’t let her grandmother down. But that luck she hopes for turns out to be bad luck – her friend and waitress serves up a bespelled b
Nov 21, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, romance, paranormal
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Spells is the first in Rose Pressey’s Mystic Café series, and a pleasingly light-hearted introduction. Think Bewitched, but in Elly’s café you sprinkle magical spices rather than wrinkling your nose. She’s a thoroughly modern girl who left her small-town home for the big city. But now, betrayed by big-city and love, she’s home taking over her grandmother’s magical café. It might have helped if she’d known there’d be more than everyday kitchen skills involved in those great ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2011, ebooks
What a fun, fun, fun read this was. I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

Elly Blair is this sweet girl who I immediately fell in love with. She is funny and snarky all while trying to keep her southern charm in check. The town of Mystic Hollow is filled with quirky characters - this is my kind of town! Elly's best friend, Mary Jane, had me laughing throughout. The two of them together are very funny and perfect best friends. They differ in many ways yet blend together so well.

Not only is there
Nov 28, 2011 Tammy rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC!! That's a one word review for this book. I really enjoyed this story.It was fun , quirky and sweet. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud. This book was full of well rounded interesting characters. The irony with this book..... I was looking for a cheap book to add to my kindle in order to finish up a gift card I received for my birthday. This one caught my attention. I have to say I enjoyed this much more than the last book I read that I paid twice as much for. If you are look ...more
Christina M Condy
Apr 07, 2014 Christina M Condy rated it it was amazing
Okay first let me say that this book was a FUN READ! I had an absolute blast reading it, and immediately put all the other books by this author on my TBR pile.

Elly isn't sure how to run the cafe her grandmother has given her, especially since she didn't even know anything about magic until she was gifted the cafe. But she is dumped in the cafe, with a giant recipe spell book and very little understanding of the entire thing.

So she casts her first spell but due to a mistake it went to the wrong p
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Nov 29, 2011 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, 2011
Such a fun story! I ate this one right up. Elly is surprised when she learns that she has magical powers and is thrown off guard when her beloved grandmother leaves her the Mystic Cafe and tells her how to use her magic powers to help the regular customers.

Elly is a great character. She's young and wants to make sure she does the right thing. She's heartbroken when she returns to her small hometown but she's ready to take on running the Mystic Cafe. We get to see her grow a little bit. This is
Dharia Scarab
Not what I expected, more paranormal romance than I thought it would be. I prefer the author's mysteries.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out
Feb 16, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
Normally I love Rose Pressey's books, but this one didn't do it for me. When I find myself checking fairly often where I am in a book and think "That's all the farther I am?", it's not good. I finally gave up as I have so many books in my TBR pile. I like paranormal, but I needed more mystery in this one. I also think this may be more targeted to a younger audience.
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