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A Spell in the Country

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved A
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published February 23rd 2018 by Pigeon Park Press (first published January 13th 2018)
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Dash fan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5☆  Spellbinding with plenty of Laugh out Loud moments

A Spell in the Country is full of mishaps, fun, magic, humour, friendship and mystery.
I can really see this as a film or a mini series I loved it.

Ok so first of all I must say I haven't ever read a witch book where I've liked every character and have been laughing so hard at the witty one liners of Jizzimus the mishevious, naughty Imp!

Jizzimus had me in fits of laughter he made the story for me with his cheeky behaviour. He is Jenny's Imp. J
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Three seemingly unconnected witches are approached by a rather bizarrely dressed flaming hat wearing man called Madison. He offer them a free 3 week retreat after they had completed a survey. There they meet other witches, only they do not mention they are witches initially. They discover they are the first for a course on trying to make them all more modern and progressive. So, with a free course, a huge house, witches, spells you know something is going to go awry!

This is a great re
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The genre of which these authors write in is not one I would normally go for. Having read and fell in love with Clovenhoof though, I have become a bit of a fan of their books as they take me well out of my comfort zone and make me have a very good time whilst there.

A Spell in the Country is a book that can be enjoyed by most age groups. You have very different characters, or in this instance witches, that could be a little bit of any of us. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m quite a goody two
Margaret McCulloch-Keeble
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A smashing gung-ho adventure full of good witches, odd witches, wicked witches, foul mouthed imps and enchanted strimmers. I'm intrigued to know more about Norma and Lesley-Anne's relationship. Shazam was sweet, I loved the bees, and really loved Zoffner the Astute. (For some reason I kept visualising a cross between Paul Kaye in Zapped and George Harrison). Easy to read, unless you're on a train or bus and find it uncomfortable being looked at by other passengers each time you titter out loud, ...more
Karen Mace
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun read!

Full review to follow in February for the Blog Tour!
Yvonne Davies
Some witches are good, others are bad, but if you want to be a great witch then take yourself of to the country and enrol on a 3 week course. That’s what Dee Finch, Caroline Black ,Sharon Jaye “Shazam” Madison, Norma Looney, Sabrina Holder-Eckford and Jenny Knott did. Coming along for the ride was Jizzimus Jenny’s imp and Kay a young girl who Jenny rescued. What started out as a bit of a farce, soon escalated into a battle of good v evil.
As witches they all lived secretive lives and it took a w
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5

Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch. Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch. Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.

For very different reasons, they end up on the same training course and land in a lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. The story represents various cast of hilarious characters including foul-mouthed imps, wererats, na
Nia Ireland
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story is about a rag tag group of witches invited to a self-help retreat in the countryside, where they learn about themselves, the value of teamwork, and being the best witches they can be. There are some darker themes as well, hidden in the comedy, which adds another layer to the story.

It’s the characters in this book that make it brilliant – I adored all of the witches in their own way (apart from Caroline, who’s a bit of a dick). Dee is a sweet witch who works in a charity shop and speci
Karen Farrow
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book is utterly brilliant and bonkers at the same time. The authors clearly have fantastic imaginations and such a way with words that you can picture all the odd “imps” and the settings seem so real. The fact that this book is about witches, good and wicked, shouldn’t put you off. You will laugh out loud at the ridiculous characters and the seemingly unrealistic scrapes the witches get into but you are pulled so far into the story that you could almost believe you were with them! This book

This book was absolutely ridiculous and I loved it.  I actually, honestly, literally laughed out loud a few times.  From surveys where the only right answer is commenting about the survey taker's flaming hat to absolutely perverse imps to flying landscaping equipment, it took every stereotype about witches and twisted them delightfully. 

This is a book that you don't try to hard to make perfect sense.  It is a madcap romp and you should just go along for the ride.  There are witches of all ages
Misfits farm
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this, such an entertaining read. Think witches at school and then a wonderful finale. There are different sorts of witches as we all know. Dee is a good witch but wants to be better. She works in a charity shop for an animal rescue centre as she has a soft spot for even the “ugly” animals that no-one wants.. Caroline in her own words isn’t “just a witch” she is “ a frickin’ awesome witch”. Jenny however is a bad witch who has her own invisible imp- Jizzimus who gets up to all sorts of mi ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in return for review*
Having read Clovenhoof I was excited to read a new series from this duo, I enjoy witch stories anyway so win win. Well I loved it, the characters all have distinctive well rounded personalities and back stories, the plot was intricate and came together nicely and most of all it was fun! We meet three witches at the start, good witch dee, amazing witch caroline and wicked witch jenny, through a series of coincidences they all end up going on a 3 week residency
Bonnie Dale Keck
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.

Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking
Karen Cole
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Spell in the Country isn't the usual sort of book I choose to read but we're a Harry Potter loving household so I couldn't resist the lure of a story about witches in training. It has to be said that these witches are a long way from Hermione - and Jizzimus the imp is definitely not child-friendly... It is however, a fabulously enjoyable book that made me laugh many times and features a madcap story which becomes really quite exciting as the book progresses.
The characters in the book are all c
Chasing Dreams
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Spell in the Country reminded me a bit of The Golden Girls, if they’d been British, witches, and had a foul-mouthed imp following them around (Sophia doesn’t count).

At times, Jizzimus (the imp), was a little bit too crude for my personal taste, but that was easy to overlook in light of the rest of the story.

The premise of the story was amusing and played out skillfully, with the world building giving a lovely feel for the way witches deal with daily life.

Don’t be fooled by the cartoonish cover
Jessica Bronder
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dee is a good witch that wants to do more. Caroline is an awesome witch that likes to find the easy way to do everything. And then there is Jenny, unfortunately she is a wicked witch with a hilarious imp and a teenager on the run. All three women are approached by a strange man that asks them a survey and given them a three week retreat in the country.

A group of women arrive in the country to attend a three week training course. But they don’t realize in the beginning is they are all witches and
Tere Fredericks
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beware Free Offers

Recently having read a lot of books by these authors, this one really intrigued me. Very different from any of the others, so I gave it a try.

This book is just as dryly funny and slapstick for which I know these authors.

I usually write my reviews as I write. I did not with this one. It grabbed my interest and I had to keep reading with no time to write.

Hopefully, you've read the synopsis of the book. Because it is all of that and more.

Trying to find your way in the world is di
Rachel (Rae)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading the description for this book I couldn't wait to start reading and see where this story would take me. It really is like a whirlwind that picked me up and took me on quite a journey with Dee, Caroline and Jenny. There is a brilliant humour throughout that made me giggle and smile with the antics of this group of witches. A special mention has to go to Jizzimus as he was just hilarious, I loved him especially with his brilliant one liners. There are quite a few characters in the sto ...more
Ankita Singh
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Hilarious. Entertaining. Full of Action. Absolutely funny. These are the words I'd use to describe this book.

Right from the start, A Spell In The Country has been nothing but a roller coaster ride of jokes, hilarious one liners and heart touching moments.

What do you get when you gather up a bunch of different kinds of witches and make them befriend each other? You get stomach cramps from too much laughing, and you get aching cheeks because of too much grinning!

I read this book a couple of days b
Sarah Crawford
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book with a lot of humor in it. Several witches are given invitations to attend a three-week course on how to improve their lives. One of them is a good witch (works in a shelter for unloved animals). One works as a waitress and seems to be sort of a neutral witch. The third is classes as a wicked witch who has her own imp, invisible to everyone but her. There's also Kay who doesn't reveal she's really a witch until well into the story.

None of them are incredibly efficient at what they
Hilary Mortz
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life gets a little complicated when you’re an actual witch in modern-day Britain – especially if you’re a reluctant wicked witch on the run accompanied by your invisible familiar, a deeply unhelpful and rampantly out-of-control imp by the name of Jizzimus. So Kate decides to lie low and do a little off-the-job team building and corporate bonding at a residential training course for 21st witchery in an out of the way country house. What could possibly go wrong?

Heide Goody and Iain Grant have done
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well Heide Goody and Iain Grant have only gone and done it again with A Spell In The Country. I love their writing style, and once again they didn't disappoint.

This is a story of three very different witches thrown together in what they thought was going to be a free three week 'retreat' but turns out to be oh so much more, and it is absolutely hilarious. From all the different characters, including Jizzimus the imp and his inappropriate behaviour, to the general anarchic mayhem of witches fight
Selina Trafford
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how they do it but this was another wonderful read which had me (much to my husbands disgust) laughing out loud.

I think I identified a little with all of the characters and could just imagine being part of the group trudging through the fields looking for magical cows and plants that smell like week old corpses.

Jizzimus left me giggling even now with his quick one liners and inappropriate behaviour, I'm no witch but I want in on the next self improvement course.

This is a riotous rom
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have not read a book like this for a long time. It is a highly imaginative, clever romp of a book: full of magic, memorable characters and moments. The witches are all distinctly different and though I love them all, the star of the story has to be Jenny’s imp, Jizzimus with his outlandish quips and antics.* He made me splutter my tea more than once.

Throughout the book, the humour,  plot, and strength of personalities made it worthy of four stars but the concluding chapters rocketed it to a fa
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Dee, Caroline and Jenny are all witches, who are not really getting the best out of being a witch and in Jenny’s case not really enjoying it. Whilst the other are two are good witches Jenny is a wicked witch but wishes she wasn’t. Through different routes, all 3 find themselves at a country retreat training course for witches and there the adventure begins. Friendships are formed, and the witches begin to improve themselves and their lives. This story is hilarious and some of the characters are ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Witches have a holiday!

The story centres on Dee a hippy witch who is good and a big animal lover, Caroline an awesome witch mainly good but uses her powers to charm her way out of or into situations that are to her advantage and the last is Jenny a younger witch who is deemed wicked though she actually tries to be good and avoid all the pitfalls of her kind.
A young girl is rescued by Jenny then assisted by Dee and they take up an offer from a street questioner for a break in the country.
An enjoy
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, Flying and Frantic Antics in this amusing tale of witches off for a training course. There are wicked and good witches, although what’s in a name, a very rude imp who steals many scenes and some great witchy bonding.
As ever with these writers you have a great tale, wonderful comic characters yet also ones you care about, and it builds to an exciting adventurous ending. A great romp that is beautifully described so I felt I could visualise the situations and people very clearly; lovely to cu
Kelly (purplebookstand)
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Spell in the Country

I must confess this is my first read for these authors; however their reputation preceded them and so I was really excited to read A Spell in the Country!

OMG, I couldn’t put this book down! This is such a fun, crazy and entertaining read! I always enjoy a ‘witchy’ read and so the blurb really drew me in; I wasn’t disappointed. I’m not going to regurgitate the can read that for yourself but rest assured you’re in for a rip roaring roller coaster ride of belly lau
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story. The synopsis led me to believe that this would be about three witches when in fact there were seven primaries in addition to assorted others. I enjoyed the twists and turns and how there was a sinister scheme behind the offering of a free "three weeks to a better you" course. So many personalities made for interesting and quirky situations. The concept of wicked witches having an imp familiar was new to me (I liked it)

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fun read a
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the whole structure of this story. Stories can get a bit tedious being told in first person so to find this following various witches was refreshing. Heide Goody also gave the whole story a perfect colouring without being too detailed. You got to know and understand the witches and could envision the places they visited. There was some really low key, British humour throughout. I loved the way each thread finally intertwined. Excellent and I can't wait to read one of her other books. ...more
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