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That Touch of Magic (Nodaway Falls #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  416 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Stacy Easter has seen better days. Being a librarian is a labor of love—if only paying her bills were half as much fun. What’s a single, bookish beauty in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York, supposed to do?

To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signat
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 24th 2014)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
By now, those of you who read my blog regularly probably know that I tend to avoid paranormal romance whenever I can. I have friends who are huge fans of the genre and I respect that, but quite frankly, the whole growling-alpha-male-swooning-female combo gives me severe allergies. However, there’s something about this series that appealed to me from the very beginning, and after all the fun I’d had while reading the first book, picking up this one was a very easy decision to make.

The friendships
After losing her job as the town librarian and with bills to pay, Stacey begins selling potions to help make ends meet. But with no formal education in the ways of magic it's trial and error from the get-go. When her potions start to produce unintended comic side-effects she needs to find out what she's doing wrong and quickly.

Then Leo her former lover, the one she never got over shows up in town and wants a second chance. With her magic going haywire and Leo refusing to leave town she can't se
Olga Godim
Feb 24, 2014 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A quaint paranormal romance with a unique magical system, this story was a pleasant diversion. Three parallel plot lines intertwined in this book: a magical mystery, a self-discovery journey, and a love story.
When the protagonist Stacy, a former librarian and a first-level conjurer in Nodaway Falls, learns that something is awry with magic spells in her neighborhood, she is determined to uncover the problem and fix it. And whoever is responsible for the magical screwup will be sorry.
While Stacy
Jenn Avery
Jan 29, 2014 Jenn Avery rated it it was amazing
That Touch of Magic is a true page turner and on par with what I have come to expect from Lucy March and her alter ego Lani Diane Rich. The characters are smart, charismatic, and real. The sarcastic heroine, Stacy, is a lovable but flawed character that makes her interesting and easy to relate to. At first glance she is the town harlot, but it soon becomes clear she is caring almost to a fault and is only protecting herself from her crazy Mom and a ten year old broken heart. Leo is a strong roma ...more
Christi Snow
Apr 08, 2014 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Overall... 5 star
Performance.... 5 star
Story... 5 star

Whoa, what an amazing, amazing book. Stacy and Leo...omg, they just broke my heart. There is so much incredible emotion in this book. Bravo, to Lucy ROCKED the writing on this one!

Ten years ago, Stacy and Leo were completely and totally in love. Then he blew it. He got drunk and slept with someone else and ruined everything for both of them. When he told Stacy, she blew up. He left and decided to become a priest and neve
Dec 31, 2014 Hallie rated it liked it
My last (finished) book of 2014! It was fine, but the anguish of returning-to-town long lost love never quite worked, which was a disappointment. I found Jackie's review of it on her Romance Novels for Feminists blog more interesting than the book itself.

Dr susan
Feb 25, 2014 Dr susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
I did a bad, bad thing...I started a new book after midnight. Hello 4 am!!
That Touch of Magic got 5 stars because I read it in one gulp. I admit I liked the more 'fluffy' A Little Night Magic better. The humor and joy of That Touch of Magic was more subdued, and Stacy is more broken than Olivia. The Widow at the rehearsal dinner is a hoot, and Stacy's interactions with Deirdre and Henry are high points. I had hoped for a Stacy/Cain pairing, but it was not meant to be. This merciful ending did n
Jan 31, 2016 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
4.5 stars- I really have enjoyed these books in audio. The characters are very appealing. I loved Amanda Ronconi as the reader - she may have predisposed me to like this from her Jane Jameson performances.

I would have continued straight on to the next book... but it is not out in audio yet :(
Jun 20, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
This was book 2. I'm not sure if there's going to be another one or not. I liked it, but I think I liked book one just a little bit more.
Michelle Cable
Sep 22, 2013 Michelle Cable rated it liked it
Received a digital copy from Edelweiss. Was a little slow to start and I thought the ending was a little anti-climatic.
Mar 18, 2016 Whitney rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one a little more than the first. I'm a bit apprehensive about the 3rd book bc of who the male love interest is. We'll see how I feel a little later.
Nov 06, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it
Shelves: rnff
Dec 30, 2015 Dee rated it liked it
stacey just irked me (but then she also did in bk 1 as well) - a tad too much TSTL at times
Nov 28, 2014 Christa rated it really liked it
the ending was too abrupt, but overall I enjoyed this book 3.5 stars
Feb 24, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
3.5 stars..

That Touch of Magic is the second book in Lucy March’s Nodaway Falls series. It’s kind of a cross between a paranormal romance and an urban fantasy. I couldn’t decide on what it was because one minute the story was heavy on urban fantasy and the next, we were knee deep in “relationship” romance (lots of talking things out). If you like a blend of both, you’ll like this story. It has both, plus a gazillion tons of mystery and investigation weaved through with light romance.

In the prev
Kathy Altman
Mar 12, 2014 Kathy Altman rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you rearrange the letters of Lucy March's last name? Charm. (Actually, I suppose it would be charM, but let's not get nitpicky here.) Just so happens, that word is all kinds of apropos because That Touch of Magic is chockfull of charm. This latest Nodaway Falls adventure builds on the spellbinding, spell-casting chaos started in A Little Night Magic, and features a rookie potion vendor and the soul mate she scared out of town and into seminary ten years earlier.

I knew Leo ha
Alisha Tarran
Mar 25, 2014 Alisha Tarran rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this book, I loved the sound of it from the blurb, and I wasn't disappointed. It has to be one of the most polished books I've read recently. The book was such great fun, it's a proper pick me up when you need a cheer up book, although it did have a hard edge some readers might not like, I'm in love with the book!

I loved the book, but it was a little bit slow to start, but quickly picked up the pace and from then on was very strong in writing, pacing and flow. I never knew
Mar 22, 2014 TheGeekyBlogger rated it liked it
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: That Touch of Magic had a strong second half and really great characters. I had fun!

Story Thoughts: That Touch of Magic was slow to start but had a very strong second half. The story did a kind of zigzag that kept you wondering exactly where Lucy March was heading. I did like that I couldn't quite predict where the story was going t
Mar 14, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I had read the first book of this series, A Little Night Magic, and totally loved it. So I had pre-ordered That Touch of Magic because I figured I was going to love this book equally as the first. I kind of have mixed feelings about it though. I definitely really enjoyed it, but I think it was kind of missing something that made the first book so great.

I really liked Stacy as a character. I think she was the right mix of tough and vulnerable, and I kind of identified with a lot of her emotional
Mar 18, 2014 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
After she loses her job as a local librarian, Stacy puts together a little entrepreneurship: she starts selling potions in order to pay her bills. Of course, she has no training when it comes to “practical” magic, so when her spells start producing strange side effects she begins to question her abilities. And to make matters worse, her ex-boyfriends pops back into town and refuses to leave, claiming he just must have another chance with her. Before she knows it, it’s not only her magic that is ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Sarrah rated it it was ok
Initially I was in *raptures* over this book. And then I started reading it, and every good hope I had fizzled away. March (aka Lani Diane Rich) usually puts out fantastic work, which was the first thing that drew me to this title. Then I find out it's a companion novel to last year's A Little Night Magic, a magical realism novel set in a small town that was a lot of fun--funny, quirky, and heartrending. Then comes the realization that this is a romantic reunion of high school sweethearts (cut o ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing
Boy, Stacy had one heartbreaking life. (view spoiler) ...more
Susan Berger
Feb 20, 2014 Susan Berger rated it it was amazing
I pre ordered this book because I loved A little Night Magic. When it arrived I teased myself by first re- reading A Little Night Magic.
It makes the experience last that much longer - reading the old and knowing the new is right next to me.
The sequel, That Touch of Magic is wonderful . Stacy's lost her job as the town librarian, but not her reputation as the town harlot.
She has a new career brewing potions and it's paying for the Winnebago. Until something's gone wrong. Her potions have taken o
Susan James
Feb 20, 2014 Susan James rated it it was amazing
I pre ordered this book because I loved A little Night Magic. When it arrived I teased myself by first re- reading A Little Night Magic.
It makes the experience last that much longer - reading the old and knowing the new is right next to me.
The sequel, That Touch of Magic is wonderful . Stacy's lost her job as the town librarian, but not her reputation as the town harlot.
She has a new career brewing potions and it's paying for the Winnebago. Until something's gone wrong. Her potions have taken o
Jan 26, 2015 Karenfaith rated it did not like it
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P.A. Wilson
May 25, 2014 P.A. Wilson rated it liked it
I was looking forward to this book because I like the author and I liked the first Nodaway Falls book. This one is a great follow up to A Little Night Magic, and the world is consistent with a magic that seems everyday.

Normally, I have no reservations about giving 5 stars to Lani’s work, and a lot of people will do it, but I have to say I was hoping that the other guy would turn out to be the love of her life. It’s apparent pretty quickly who is The Guy, but I couldn’t like him.

It’s a fun romanc
Mar 24, 2014 Normalene rated it really liked it
A Little Night Magic (2013) was the first in the Nodaway Falls series about out-of-work librarian Stacy Easter, who just happens to have a little magic in her. In this sequel, Stacy’s magic goes awry with some help from a nonmagical neurologist seeking fame for his newly discovered formula for chemically-inducing magic in the nonmagical . But the side effects are serious and when her family gets involved, things go downhill from there. However, with the return of Leo North (The One Who Got Away) ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
Lucy March AKA Lani Diane Rich is one of my favorite Podcasters. Her and her husband have several podcasts to include Dusted a podcast about Buffy the Vampire slayer and Angel; a Veronica Mars podcast; and there general podcast story wonk. I knew Lani was an author and teacher, one podcast her husband was talking about her new release book and I decided to read them. I am glad I did. This is the second book in the series and was just as tightly written as the first. I loved the ending of the sto ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Maria rated it it was ok
This isn't a bad book. In fact, for its genre, it's probably spot on. I just had a hard time caring about the actual conflict because it was hard to worry about the characters when I knew they would end up being fine. I think this is partly due to the lack of development of the conflict earlier and having two conflicts (one being the romance and one an act that comes seemingly out of the blue). My incapability to suspend belief and immerse myself in the book is at fault. However, on some level, ...more
Carolyn F.
I just could not get into the romance that much and I blame it on Leo. To take off for awhile to get your head straight it one thing, but to think that you need to become a priest and then to be gone 10 years and want to reconcile with the girl you left behind - uh uh. I have a friend who got in an argument with her first husband and being very young said, "I'm going to my mom's house!". Well, his response was to join the Army. Dick head move and Leo does a dick head move. Too little too late is ...more
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Lucy March is the split personality of NYT and USA Today bestselling author Lani Diane Rich. In 2010, she started writing her popular blog, A Year and Change, which documented the last fifteen months before her fortieth birthday. On her blog, Lucy worked through personal issues involving her divorce, her sense of self-worth, and her mother; she developed a following that eventually became the Bett ...more
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