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The Magic of Cape Disappointment

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  29 reviews

Is it possible that love is the most powerful magic of all?

Growing up, her family insisted upon her destiny as a powerful healer based on a two-hundred year old prophecy. But Kay Baker was always more interested in forging her own path.

After completing medical school, she’s ready to leave her “medicine woman” status behind in favor of a new life in New York City.


Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published December 12th 2015 by Julie Manthey
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Vera (Estante da Vera)
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romance, fans of adventure,
4 stars.

I'm not usually into romance, but I needed to read something different, something more light hearted and this book was the perfect choice.

This is a story of being found by your destiny, no matter how much you run from it. It is full of powerful magic, beauty and love. It reads like a fairy tale of sorts, a story of destiny, of breaking rules and boundaries, and finding and accepting yourself in the place and role you tried to escape.

This is also a story about friendship and learning to l
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This enjoyable fantasy-romance novel was self-published by the author, Julie Manthey. Many thanks to the author and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a copy online.

Kay Baker has just gotten word that DNA results prove that her family members are direct descendants of Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark exploration team, and a Clatsop Indian woman of Cape Disappointment, Washington. As the story opens, Kay is living in NYC and has earned a medical degree but has decided she'd rather be a
Andrea Stoeckel
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

" According to all the history books, Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, died childless in 1809. Howeve
Thank-you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author, Julie Manthey for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun read that is a bit hard to pigeonhole. (That’s not a bad thing!) There’s some romance, fantasy, historical fiction and magical realism. Just when you think you have it figured out, a new twist is thrown in. This is one of those books that you just relax and go along for the ride with.

I really liked getting to know the main character, Kay Baker as the life jou
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carlissa by: Netgalley
I love historical fiction and I was hoping for more than what this novel offered. I did enjoy reading about the Clatsop tribe and their legends, just wish there was more about them and the Lewis and Clark expedition. This book was mostly a romance story, which really is not my thing.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest reveiw.
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Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I absolutely LOVE Indie Authors. It takes a lot of hard work and an extreme amount of dedication to self-publish a book and I admire authors who have that drive and tenacity.

The cover is what initially attracted me to this book. A woman standing with her back to the "camera" with arms held wide on a cliff with wind whipping around her. This grabbed my attention and made me want to read the synopsis.

Also, "The Magic of Cape Disappointment" is an interesting and intriguing title. It makes potent
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magic of Cape Disappointment was a little of a disappointment. The story definitely had potential, but the dialogue was the weak point of the book and the reason I gave it three stars. The story centers around Kay, a descendant of Meriwether Lewis of Lewis & Clark. Part American Indian, she discovers her magic and gifts throughout the book, hence the title. It really was an intriguing story line however, the conversations between the characters killed me. It was like watching a movie that yo ...more
Amanda Taylor
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Absolutely loved this book! The magic and the connections the characters make in spite of/because of it, make it totally worth the ride. Just when you think you know what's happening, the author comes back and surprises you with even more twists, turns, and, well, magic. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants something a little different from your typical genres to read.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read. I enjoy historical fiction and this is no exception. I also enjoy books that touch on the magic of the veil between worlds - like the Mists of Avalon.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful story set in the Pacific Northwest which incorporates some (Native American) Indian legends with a modern love story. An artist with medical training returns from New York City to help her grandmother, and she must face her heritage and the special powers she didn't know she possessed. This is a fun, light read, that includes romance, magic, and mystery. ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-done
This is basically a contemporary romance with a twist of magical realism. The reading experience was mainly positive, and I was interested in both the story and the budding romance throughout the novel. There were several instances where I found myself nodding along, for instance, how agreeing to fate or familial expectations can feel like we have no choices ourselves. I also enjoyed how for most of the book the main female protagonist was often assertive and tried to stand up for her beliefs. F ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Net Galley for a free copy in exchange for an hones review.

Who or what is in control of your life? You or Fate? Do you believe in "signs"? Is everything you feel or do bringing you closer to your predestined place in this world? No matter how you fight for independence is something steering you with relentlessness?

Sure that her nickname "Coyote girl" is just an endearment used because of her independent nature, Kay dismisses all tribal lore and sets out to find something unique and ch
Angel Hatfield
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kay ‘s had a write up in Time magazine of her paintings especially one called Motorcycle man. Kay was the direct descendant of Meriweather Lewis of the Lewis & Clark expedition . Science and Math had been too easy for Kay. In fact so easy she got bored in medical school instead of being a doctor like her mother wanted Kay to she went for an art elective.Kay had a studio and was having a show when she got a call that her parents had been in a car accident . By the time Kay got to Washington her p ...more
Connie Anderson

This is kind of a love story mixed in with her parents and grandmother passing away within six months of each other. Kay Baker is a wonderful protagonist. She lived in Harlem and the night of her showing, her parents die. She has to decide to go back to Harlem or stay home. She finds out she is a very powerful medicine woman with three main traits: healing, foreseeing the future, and finding her soul mate.

That soul mate, and I love him, is Sam. He was the "Motorcycle Guy" she did a series of pai
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful enticing story. Not sure what I was expecting but I got so much more. It's a love story woven with Pacific Northwest Indian legends and myths with a touch of mystery surrounding the journey of Lewis and Clark. Kay and her mother and grandmother are all medicine women of the Clatsop tribe. Her grandmother, Hannah, was a natural healer, her mother was able to see the future and Kay seems to control the weather. Kay has moved to New York to study medicine and pursue her art career. ...more
I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I freaking loved this book. It kept me engaged and I genuinely was rooting for the characters. The fact that it incorporated a lot of native american culture was very interesting. There were a couple things I never knew about. Being based in the Pacific Northwest helped me relate to this book a lot! I loved hearing names of places I have actually been to. Totally worth picking up this book. It's one that m
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well written story that sounds like so many others but breaks the mold with its details of native American culture as it's forced on our main character. Not magical with fairies but with a solid explanation of the tribe's beliefs and hope one family deals with them unexpectedly.
Girl moves from NYC to small town after parent'sdeath to take care of grandmother. And that's where the similarity ends.
An interesting different read with a strong author's voice
Judi Stoy
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An impressive debut novel! I got very wrapped up in the story and finished it very quickly! Loved the Native American tie-ins, especially about the 'thin veil' between this world and the spirit world. Some of the scenes made me very emotional -- and that's good writing! The relationships in the novel were very realistic. Makes me want to go visit Cape Disappointment and learn more! Definitely a "good read"! ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This was a light, easy read, and cute enough to let me finish. A little too much convenience - I've seen it billed as magical realism, but that doesn't really fit. With a little work, I think it could be made into a fairy tale, perhaps with a moral about love. I'm not really bored or offended, but I can't really think of anyone I'd recommend this to, either. ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book! I am not usually one that likes history romance books, but the description of the book intrigued me and I am so glad I read it! It kept me captivated from the start to the finish. I didn't want the book to end! I received this book free for a review, but I can't recommend it highly enough! I look forward to reading more books from this author! ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magical realism is not a genre I usually gravitate towards, but in this case, I'm glad I did.

This is a story about Kay, her past, her destiny, and her struggles with how to juggle it all. There's love, loss, a few laughs, and just enough magic.

Overall, an entertaining and fast read by a new author Manthey.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: very-cute
I don't know what I was expecting. It's definitely original; it's my first read that involved magic, animism, love, family, Alzheimer's, and Merriweather Lewis. The characters are realistic, the romance is believable, and the magic is... Magical. Good read. ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie Manthey's debut novel is a very fun read. It's has likeable characters that you care about, is set in a beautiful part of the county that seem like great places to visit, and has a historic element that may or may not be true. It made me both laugh and cry. And it has a bit of magic. ...more
Floria Taylor
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a good novel with a very unique story line! The only thing I would say against this novel is that I would have liked to know more about the main characters. Other than that I was completely enthralled with it. I just couldn't put it down! ...more
Did I enjoy this book? Mostly. A light-hearted love story that tried to cover some poignant subjects but just didn't quite hit home with the impact it needed. It is a simple and flowing read however I wanted so much more from it. ...more
Patricia Moren
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a captivating story that I couldn't put down. There were some wonderful characters and great interactions highlighting some of the better sides of human nature. I would especially recommend this book to anyone for feels the need to have their spirits lifted, it certainly lifted mine. ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute read. It was very predictable and some parts not accurate on the area which made it hard for me to read. Other than that cute summer read.
Judy Bertoch
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book which brought the past beliefs and the present ones together. I like the writing style of Julie Manthey and am looking forward to her next book.
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Julie Manthey thinks that the best part of writing fiction is imagining alternate worlds and mixing up a small echo of reality with a very large dose of fiction to create a fun, magical reading escape. She believes in happy endings and stories that feature hope triumphing over adversity.

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