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The Magic Places

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  9 reviews
For dreamer Clare, a chance encounter with old family acquaintance Marcus brings up haunting memories of a childhood holiday, as she and Marcus try to come to terms with the tragedy and the magic that has shaped their lives.

They meet by chance in a department store. But they've met before. They last saw each other when Clare was a child, during a summer in Guernsey marred
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Hardcover, 260 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by Arcadia
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K.J. Charles
I loved this book. It's magical.

It's about the spaces between 'secret' and 'solitary' and 'lonely', and about when love works and doesn't, and how we go back and forth between the states. It's about childhood magic, as well--the magic is there, though never quite explained, coexisting with a very realistic story of a solitary woman in a relationship with an older married man. The writing is absolutely beautiful.

There's a piece of seaglass mentioned in the book, and that's what this book
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Abbie Headon
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always feel tongue-tied when talking about novels, and worry that I won’t be able to find the ‘right’ language to describe my thoughts, but The Magic Places spoke to me in a way that’s so direct and true that I will do my best.
Viewed from one angle, there’s a certain arresting simplicity to the story: a woman and a man meet twenty years after a tragic event that scarred and united them, and we discover both what happened then and what will happen to them now as they reconnect. But the twist in
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Caroline
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth is a friend of mine. I'm friends with a lot of writers but I don't automatically give them five star reviews. There is nothing less that I could give to The Magic Places though. A story about childhood and finding a place in the adult world; about different types of love and how they overlap; about memory and magic. In the acknowledgements Elizabeth gives a nod to both C.S Lewis and Diana Wynne Jones but her writing stands alone. Beautiful prose and sentences that demand unpacking. As ...more
Kelly Lacey
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Magic Places by Elizabeth Jenner is filled with exactly that. What I appreciated most, as a reader, was that I got to decide if the magic places were actual, metaphorical, or both. Part mystery, part romance, part fantasy, the book might not please purists of any of these genres, but for lovers of good fiction, this book has it all.

The novel follows the story of Clare and Marcus whose paths cross after many years apart. Clare was childhood friends with Marcus’ son who disappeared on a joint
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Elite Group
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tragedy and loss can draw people closer or rip them apart
This novel is worth 5 stars. It is rare to read such a powerful novel; a story that lingers long after the last page has been turned. The writer creates wonderful characters, each flawed in their own way but trying to deal with a terrible incident that takes place during a family holiday.
The story switches back and forth between 1995 and the present day when the two main characters meet by chance. Their shared loss is both part of the
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Benjamin Johncock
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If nostalgia is, as Don Draper tells us, a painful yearning to return home, then this extraordinary debut from Elizabeth Jenner is as nostalgic as fiction gets. Clare, a young woman “good at not saying things”, bumps into an old family friend from her childhood, Marcus, now in his fifties, in a department store. They have not seen each other since the shared summer holiday in Guernsey, many years go, when Clare was a girl, and Marcus lost his young son, Tom, in tragic circumstances. Haunting ...more
Laura Jayne
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Magic Places by Elizabeth Jenner was one of those books that surprised me. One that creeps up and overtakes your thoughts completely. It is not a book of events or crash bang explosions but one of quietness and wonder.

We follow the story of Claire; one of life's dreamers as she remembers back to a Summer long ago. This idyllic summer was marred with a tragedy; one is some ways that Claire thinks she could of stopped. As the story moves backwards and forwards from this tragic summer to
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John Brassey
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful and charming tale of a past childhood seaside holiday entwines with a present serious adult relationship in a magical and enchanting novel.
Lara Marshall
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read
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