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Seashells, Spells & Caramels

(Spells & Caramels #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,562 ratings  ·  329 reviews
Listening length: 6 hours, 21 minutes

Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.

When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enc
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2017
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4 out of 5 stars to Seashells, Spells & Caramels, the first in a cozy mystery series set to be published on October 29th, 2017 and written by Erin Johnson.

Why This Book
My reading interests are fairly diverse; I often need a balance an intense thriller with a lighthearted cozy mystery, or a direct and clear biography with a lyrical historical fiction book. My head has its limits. When the author reached out to me offering an opportunity to read her novel, I said 'yes' for two reasons:
✨ Gramy ✨
This is the first book in the Seashells, Spells & Caramels: A Cozy Witch Mystery series by Erin Johnson.

A magical French island. A dead contestant. An aspiring baker must clear her name before she gets burned.

This is a cozy paranormal mystery. Imogen, Maple, Henry, and the crew entertain the reader and work together well.

Imogen Banks has dreamed her entire life of opening her own bakery in Seattle. But when she accidentally sets fire to her apartment and loses all her possessions, her drea
SEASHELLS, SPELLS & CARAMELS by Erin Johnson is the first book in the Spells & Caramels paranormal cozy mystery series. The main character is Imogen Banks who works as a medical billing administrator to save money to open her own bakery in Seattle, Washington. She ends up baking deserts for her boss' rehearsal dinner and gets an invitation to a cooking contest in France. When a fire wipes out her apartment and all of her possessions, she decides to enter the contest. However, nothing is as it se ...more
Imogen’s sacrifices over the past seven years to save every cent toward owning her own bakery were suddenly worthless when fire destroyed everything. The strange invitation to the baking contest felt like her saving grace and she was thrilled but surprised to be accepted as a contestant. When she arrived at the small village in coastal France and headed for the island where the baking competition and Summer Solstice Festival were to be held, Imogen was enchanted.

But it was the shock of discoveri
Kat, lover of bears...
November 2020 Review:
Over the years I have noticed that moods and wellness greatly affect feelings towards a book. I removed this from my DNF shelf and gave it another go because the author is so friendly and likable. I am glad I gave it another go around. I liked everything about the book except the strength and confidence of Imogen and Maple; they tend to cry and apologize for everything they do. Because I am not a crier over every failure and mistake, I couldn't sympathize with them. Everythi
Jeanne Adamek
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was especially hard for me to rate. Because it was so far out of my comfort zone (I really have a problem with fantasy with few exceptions--this being one) I cannot quite bring myself to give it 4.5 or 5 stars (unfortunately there were times I was knocked out of the story with the feeling of "really?"). But because the story was excellently written, humorous, wonderfully descriptive, fantastic characters and the finest qualities of a great cozy mystery I really think that I can get ove ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Melissa Rose
Well, Autumn has truly arrived, and it the time of year where I hit the cozy mysteries hard. So when I saw Erin Johnson offering codes for her Spells & Caramels series, I was keen to give the books a shot. After reading book #1, I was officially charmed.

Personally, for me, the big highlight of this book was that I adored the world that the created; it felt much like if Harry Potter hosted an episode of Great British Bake-off. I felt a lot of joy reading about Imogen's experiences in a magical wo
Charles Ray
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imogen Banks has scrimped and saved to amass enough money to open her own bakery. Just when she’s reached her monetary goal, her dreams go up in flames. But, she has somehow managed to become a contestant in a mysterious baking contest at an island off the coast of France. With nothing to lose—literally, as everything burned up in when her apartment went up in flames—she buys a ticket to France.
Once at the mysterious island, she encounters something she’s never believed in before, magic. Her ski
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A sweet start

Imogen has been struggling to save for her own bakery and when an invite whisk her to the French Island, things that were not known to her come to light. Imogen wasn't expecting to get more than just a little baking completion until someone ends up dead but then she finds that she has her own special power but she'll need to find out who really killed the contestant.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first heard of this book I knew I had to read it. It just sounded like exactly the type of read I would enjoy. I actually bought the first 3 books in the series before I even picked up book 1 as I was that sure I would enjoy this series. Now that I read the first book I am happy I already have book 2 and 3 waiting for me to read them.

This book was so much fun! I really enjoyed the book and I just wanted to keep reading. It is well written and the pacing worked well. The blend between par
Una Tiers
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had a strong message about following your dreams and never giving up. That with clear writing made it a five. The story was fine until the main character made it to the fantasy land.
I won't be finishing it, but enjoy as much as I read.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2017
Seashells, Spells and Caramels by Erin Johnson is the first book in the Spells and Caramels series. Imogen has almost enough money saved to open the bakery she has been dreaming of for years. Catering her difficult boss’s rehearsal dinner will give her the last bit of funds needed. At the party she is given a flyer for a baking contest to become the next Royal Head Baker. After a fire destroys her apartment and wipes out her savings, Imogen finds out she has been accepted into the contest. She t ...more
Elena Granger
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has so many similarities to other really popular ones like Harry Potter and The Howl’s Moving Castle. I love those books and somehow I wasn’t feeling bad about this book too.
The plot was quite interesting with some twists, though I wish they were not revealed in a way they were, because I guessed too early about what’s going to happen.
Also I like the writing style, it’s pretty good for the genre, actually I’ve expected worse and was nicely surprised.
I love how the story turned out, lea
Micky Cox
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just when Imogene has finally reached the point of being able to open her own bakeshop, she burns down her apartment, goes broke and somehow enters a baking content in France without actually sending in her sample so what is a girl to do? Why spend the last bit of her money flying to France, joining the competition and still wearing the only shoes she owns, pink fuzzy houseslippers. Things heat up in the kitchen as she realizes she is a witch and someone is killing off the contestants. Hilarious ...more
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Erin Burns
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-arc
I received an ARC of this book from the author, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

I'll admit, while I was intrigued by the blurb, the very shallow reason I took the author up on it was because we share a first name. And I was more than repaid in spades with a very funny and lighthearted story. When you find yourself giggling out loud in the first chapters, then you know you are in for a treat.

Alexander's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day ain't got n
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindleunlimited
Well, cozy mystery with witches tend to be light, often silly and cozies are generally slower than action packed novels. This luckily, didn’t hit the inane silly button, but the adult characters do come across as middle schoolers as far as their friendships, mean girl and romantic ponderings. Not exactly what I like to read, but pleasant enough for folks who don’t mind the immaturity. Not exactly a cliff hanger, so I didn’t take a point off, but close enough to debate.
Sabrina Kirby
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So cute!!! It’s the Great British Baking Show (but in France) sprinkled with magic and a touch of murder mystery. A D O R A B L E!! Totally young adult appropriate. It’s probably a YA novel, I just didn’t notice when I got it free on Amazon. I can’t believe it’s a series! I’ve already started book 2...such a light, fun October read. ❤️ 🧙‍♂️
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omg omg omg!! This book…guys…this book changed my outlook toward cozy mysteries. One of the best in the genre. Author Erin Johnson was deliciously brilliant with her writing, and the words chosen simply made the prose come alive. Baker freak!! (my new coined word)

Down on her luck, Imogen Banks received an invitation to a baking competition at a far away French island, and off she went to have an adventure. She did quite alright with her baking and making friends, with a love interest or two, fin
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
Imogen is an insurance clerk trying to save to open her own bakery when after working late, she finds her boss in tears at her desk. Her engagement party director has just quit and left her without dessert for her engagement party the next day.

Imogen volunteers to do the desert and realizes with the money she is promised she will be able to open her bakery this year. However, at the engagement party she meets a lady that suggests she try out for a bake off competition to be the head of the bake
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 Stars: I have been seeing great reviews for this series over the last year, but when I read the synopsis, I thought this really is not my cup of tea, but those positive comments kept coming. I finally decided to take the plunge. This story was totally unexpected and thoroughly enjoyed. It is a cozy mystery but has aspects of a Harry Potter type story. We have a witch that had no idea she was a witch, a magical land (an island off the coast of France), fantastical creatures, talking flames an ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imogen Banks has been wanting to open her own bakery. She gets a cryptic invitation to enter into the Royal Bakery contest, which she does. She loses all of her possessions and her dream goes down in flames as her apartment goes up in flames. Yes, she accidentally started the fire. She gets a cryptic invitation

Imogen makes it to France and the over to the Mur and she realizes things are a bit different. The village is magical and everyone around are witches and wizards. She learns he is a witch
Jessica Robbins
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I really enjoyed this first book in a new series. It is whimsical and intriguing at the same time. Plus it didn't hurt that it was a easy and fast read. I didn't want to put it down at night!

I can't imagine going through life being adopted but not feeling really connected to anyone. That is the position Imogen is in...and then she meets some interesting people that convince her to enter a baking contest. Doesn't matter that she has never heard of the country, she creates a delectable dessert and
Angela James
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Sweet and Magically Delicious Stars! This was a new to me author and she knocked it out the park! It was cute, sweet, mysterious, suspenseful, original, and magical. Imogen is the perfect mixture of sweet, sassy, and strong with all that life has recently thrown her way and I love her character! The story definitely held my interest and I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out! I'll definitely be reading more books by this author. ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, witches
This well written cozy mystery is a great start to what looks to be a fun series. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book as I followed them on this whirlwind adventure. They were all relateable and real, I laughed, teared, and squealed along side Imogen. The twists and turns were on point, and foreshadowed well. I can't wait to read her next adventure. ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Jun 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 70%

This was just too ridiculous to continue with. It was beyond predictable and if the character wasn't supposed to be 28-years-old I'd not call this Young Adult, but freaking Middle Grade fiction. The writing is mechanically fine, but the story doesn't hold together AT ALL if you expect not to spend the WHOLE book going, "that could never happen, even with magic involved."
DelAnne Frazee
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Seashell, Spells and Caramels, Cozy Witch Mystery - Spells and Caramels Volume 1
Author: Erin Johnson
Publisher: Erin Johnson
Published: 10-1-2017
Pages: 286
Genre: Science Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Shifters Witchcraft, Magic, Culinary Mystery, Murder, Witches, Vampires, Psychics
ISBN: 9781976214823
Reviewed For Erin Johnson
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.75 Stars

Okay, first a word of warning. Make sure your schedule is cleared for a while, because once you start, you will not be moving
Mary Eve
My grandson lost his first two teeth and immediately asked his mother if the tooth fairy was real. Her answer? "If you believe in magic, she is." He was temporarily satisfied with that explanation and off he went to deposit his offering for the Tooth Fairy. To be young and believe in mystical powers! Isn't that why we read? To escape reality and explore magical realms and far off places, made up of folks we would never encounter here in the real world. To me, reading IS magic. When I'm lost in a ...more
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A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh.

In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

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  • Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins (Spells & Caramels, #3)
  • Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow (Spells & Caramels, #4)
  • Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons (Spells & Caramels, #5)
  • Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips (Spells & Caramels #6)
  • Due East, Beasts & Campfire Feasts (Spells & Caramels, #7)
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