Douglas needed a miracle. What he got was a genie...
Veterinarian Douglas McCandliss considered himself an ordinary kinda guy with an ordinary kinda life. He had no idea why he'd bought the old silver teapot, and when a young woman appeared before him claiming to be a genie, he almost wished he hadn't. If only she wasn't so damned cute.
Ebullient and cheerful, Jacinth loved granting wishes and helping people. So she was thrilled when her teapot's new owner, a single father with custody of two young children, asked her to stay until he could find a nanny. The problem was, the longer she stayed, the more she was attracted to Douglas, and she was certainly not willing to turn over care of Ben and little Molly to just anybody. But she was a 900 year old genie, and had no intention of falling in love with a mortal man. None whatsoever.
When I saw the cover of A Gift of Jacinth, I knew this would be a sequel to Wishes in a Bottle. In that book, I had already met Jacinth, the djinn who was looking after Julian, when he was trapped in his bottle. And she was hilarious, so I was very happy to see she got her own story. The story starts with Douglas, who is desperate. His ex has abducted his children and he longs to have them back. Already two years he has been searching for them. When he stumbles upon an old teapot, he decides to buy it for a strange reason. But when a genie comes out of the teapot, he brings the teapot back to the store, where he bought the thing: Julian's store. But the teapot keeps on coming back to him and I couldn't stop laughing about Jacinth's tactics. When Douglas has finally realized, he will not get rid of the teapot, he asks Jacinth whether he could wish for his children to return. And Jacinth fullfils his wish. With suddenly two children on his hands and no nanny, he asks Jacinth to stay and help him take care of the children. Jacinth happily obliges, because she adores the children and also their father. But she knows she can't stay. Experiences from her (long lived) past are keeping her from attaching to someone. But Douglas makes it hard to resist. Can Jacinth free herself and create a happy ever after? Or will she go back into her teapot? Find out for yourself in this wonderful cozy read. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
I loved this dreamy and romantic story of wishes that ‘d come true. It was like reading a fairy tale with real people falling in love, it was dreamy, but with a wicked sense of humour and a strong vibe of love. Needless to say that I loved reading it, I loved it so much that I bought the first book too, this is book 2 of the series. What is it all about: Veterinarian Douglas McCandliss considered himself an ordinary kinda guy with an ordinary kinda life. He had no idea why he'd bought the old silver teapot, and when a young woman appeared before him claiming to be a genie, he almost wished he hadn't. If only she wasn't so damned cute. Ebullient and cheerful, Jacinth loved granting wishes and helping people. So she was thrilled when her teapot's new owner, a single father with custody of two young children, asked her to stay until he could find a nanny. The problem was, the longer she stayed, the more she was attracted to Douglas, and she was certainly not willing to turn over care of Ben and little Molly to just anybody. But she was a 900 year old genie, and had no intention of falling in love with a mortal man. None whatsoever.
This Book is AMAZING!! The Author captures you from Page 1! I’m not usually into this type of book (Super Natural, Genies, etc.) I am into Romance! I Love this so much, I am going to grab Book one and can’t wait until September!! I also want to grab some of her other books now! You really should try it!! You may be like me and fall in Love with it!
This is my first book by this author. I really like the writing style. It was very descriptive and I enjoyed the bits of humor. The characters were enjoyable. I’d really like a second story written about Cat or Troy. I would recommend this to some looking for a sweet story with interesting characters.
Cute and interesting read with likable characters and a bit of drama mixed with intense emotions through out. I found it refreshing to read about a female “genie” and interesting as well as I had never read a story like this one before. This was my first book from this author and can’t wait to check out more!
"A Gift of Jacinth" by Allie McCormack stars a genie - Jacinth - and a single dad. The troubles and drama of modern life - family can be both joy and heartwrenching agony (his children's mom is bad news) - are beautifully explored in this gentle love story. The touch of magic adds to the romance, but it's Jacinth's compassion that I enjoyed most. This novel is magical in the best way - a celebration of love.
This lovely romance picks up right after the HEA in Wishes in a Bottle as Jacinth embarks on a new venture with Douglas, the man who acquires her magical teapot and is absolutely flabbergasted at the idea of a genie - Djinn - willing to grant him three wishes. He wants nothing to do with any of it, until Jacinth asks, "What do you want more than anything in the world?"
Having lost his two children two years before when they were kidnapped by their non-custodial mother, all Douglas wants is to have them safe back at home. This isn't your mother's Bewitched, where a snap of the fingers gets the intended result with no regard for explaining how it all happened. The details shown in this story are exquisite as both Jacinth and Douglas balance taking care of the children with keeping the Djinn secret safe.
The issue of a romance between Jacinth and Douglas is not insurmountable, but it is fraught with baggage that Jacinth carries from her own Djinn/human parental combination. I loved how the author paid attention to both sides of this complex situation, and loved even more how it was all worked out in the end. Like the first book, this is a standalone romance, though there are overlapping events that this book shares with the next book, so if you're as enchanted by the story as I was you'll want to dive right into Book 3, A Cat for Troy, as soon as you can.
I did have a minor issue with the timeline (how can Douglas be born a year or so after the '60s and still be only 31 today?) but that was easily overshadowed by the excellent story and intriguing action. These books are unlike any paranormal I've ever read before, and for the creativity and ingenuity alone this series is well worth adding to your collection. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Jacinth is a Djinn (genie), a wish-granting, teapot dwelling free spirit with a pixie-like appearance and a caravan's worth of magical powers. Douglas, veterinarian and miserable divorced single dad, is in desperate need of her - his alcoholic ex has stolen his children, Benny and Molly. For two years he's searched high and low, hired investigators, done all he could do - but they've vanished. Douglas' first intro to Jacinth and Djinn magic is the funniest thing I've read in ages. Jacinth does her genie thing, the kids come home to Douglas, and Jacinth agrees to stay on as nanny. You can imagine what that leads to... only Jacinth adamantly refuses to fall in love with a human - and she has her reasons. A little maternal input and a whole lot of encouragement from fellow Djinn, not to mention Douglas, advocating for their love...hmmm. What's it gonna be, Djinn-girl - HFN or never knowing true love? By reading this book, you'll get lots of giggles and a few tears, a delightful riff on the Aladdin fable, and some fine Bedouin tribal life details in the world-building - everything a romance reader could wish for. Teapot not included. This is a voluntary, no magic involved ARC review.
Allie McCormack has another winner with book 2 in her Wishes and Dreams series, A Gift of Jacinth. Humor, romance, and touching drama mingle in this semi-sweet Djinn romance.
Jacinth is still a young Djinn, at a mere 900 years old. And she is not, repeat NOT going to fall in love with a human. Ever. That ended badly for her mother, after all. So when her new sahib (master) wishes for only one thing - the two children his ex-wife abducted, she does her level best to NOT fall in love with them, or the handsome veterinarian who bought her teapot.
Douglas? Once he's willing to let go of his skepticism, he has only one wish, and that's to get his kids back. When Jacinth grants his wish, he's grateful and panicked. He doesn't have anything lined up for the two youngsters he flies cross-country to retrieve. Jacinth steps in to help him get the children settled, and while everyone gets along, he tries to move on, knowing she'll leave after his third wish.
McCormack brings hilarity and hijinks to the table in her second paranormal romance. She leaves the bedroom door closed while keeping the sexual tension steamy. An easy four-stars.
Veterinarian Douglas McCandliss considered himself an ordinary kinda guy with an ordinary kinda life. He had no idea why he'd bought the old silver teapot, and when a young woman appeared before him claiming to be a genie, he almost wished he hadn't. If only she wasn't so damned cute. Ebullient and cheerful, Jacinth loved granting wishes and helping people. So she was thrilled when her teapot's new owner, a single father with custody of two young children, asked her to stay until he could find a nanny. The problem was, the longer she stayed, the more she was attracted to Douglas, and she was certainly not willing to turn over care of Ben and little Molly to just anybody. But she was a 900 year old genie, and had no intention of falling in love with a mortal man. None whatsoever. This was a great read. Both main characters were very likable. Jacinth is very funny and amusing to read. I really enjoyed this story. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Jacinth is a Djinn living in an old silver teapot. Veterinarian Douglas McCandliss is divorced and wants his children back. When Jacinth brings them home, he needs her help being Benny and Molly’s nanny until he can hire someone. Although she refuses to fall in love with a human, for her own reasons, she does agree to stay on as nanny for the children.
But as one could easily guess, the longer she cared for the two children, the more she was unwilling to let anyone else care for them. And she also found herself more and more attracted to Douglas! She really won’t fall in love, will she?
This is a delightful story with human, magic, and romance. I loved the characters and the uniqueness of the story. Grab your copy and see what choices are available to give the family a happy ending.
Dr. Douglass McCandliss feels like life is getting away from him. His ex-wife took his children two years ago and he has been searching for them and was losing all hope of finding them. One night, wasting time, he goes into an antique store and purchases a silver teapot. No idea why, he just did.
What he did not know is that Jacinth, a genie, was in the teapot! Jacinth helps get his kids back, to prove she is a genie, and then Douglas needs help his kids. He convinces Jacinth to stay on as his nanny until he can find a true nanny. Plus, he still has 2 wishes left........
This book is a fantastic mix of love, real life, magic, and hope. There is a 3rd book in this series and I cannot wait to start it!
Douglas, a veterinarian, is heartbroken that he can not find Ben and Molly, his children taken by his ex two years ago. When a genie appears from a antique teapot he just bought, you know what his first wish will be. All reunited, Jacinth stays on to be a nanny for the kids and starts to fall for the little family and vice versa. Loved how she made friends with others so easily, especially the PJ party and smores. The romance hits a snag when Jacinth gets too thrown by her feelings for Douglas and the kids. With help from her mom and clan, they reunite. Loved the ending at the mall. Very well done.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jacinth, a nine hundred year old Djinn, is looking for the right person to help out. Dr. Douglas McCandliss has been searching for his two children these past two years with no luck. Doug is frantic that he'll never find them. Doug buys a silver teapot which turns his world upside down. A strange woman grants his wish but something more happens. Jacinth helps Doug and the children adjust to their lives. Will Jacinth admit her feelings? Can Doug and the children convince Jacinth to stay? Your answers await you in A Gift of Jacinth.
This is by far my favourite book of the series and I cannot think it could be any more perfect. The right balance between serious and funny, there are horrifying scenarios and there are mischievous ones but also the sweet ones and funny ones. A total must read. Can be read as a standalone has enough information to allow a reader that hasn't read the first book to still enjoy this one but I would recommend if you can read the series in order it is well worth it.
A Gift of Jacinth tells the story of Douglas and Jacinth and is the second book in the Wishes & Dreams series. I loved the way the author makes the three stories intermingle in this book and the appearance of some characters from the other two books in the series. It is a light, clean, fast-reading and highly entertaining romantic novel that maintains continuity within the series but can be read as a stand alone and takes the reader to a fantastic world where wishes can come true, with touches from The Thousand and One Nights and I Dream of Jeannie.