Review of Some Small Magic
As a reviewer for Harper Collins Christian Publishing, I get to choose the books I want to review. The majority of the time I pick non-fiction, but this time a book caught my eye that seemed to stand out from the rest. I have to say that I’m so glad I took a chance on Some Small Magic.
This a paperback book. It’s a pretty thick book, but as the story unfolds, you will be thankful that there’s more to read instead of less. The story centers around Abel Shifflett, who lives with his mom in the small Appalachian town of Mattingly, Virginia. Abel was born different from the other kids, but in his mom’s eyes it just means he will always need her to rely on. He has a best friend named Dumb Willie, who we find out is anything but, and a deep and abiding love of trains. It’s a good thing, since he lives close to a train track, and from the stories his mom tells him about his dad, they have that love in common. The book opens with a major scene that sets the stage for all that follows. Abel makes a discovery that sends him on an adventure riding trains with Willie, and a new friend, a woman they meet on the train. With so many twists and turns, surprises and mystery, you will not want to put this down until the very last page, and even then you will find yourself wanting more.
“The strongest of bonds very often have little to do with flesh. Sometimes it’s longing that yokes people together, and in ways that are not understood but still endure all things.” pg. 146
My Final Thoughts
I’m an avid reader. I love a lot of genres, but I find that mystery has always been my favorite. I love not knowing how the story is going to unfold, but most of all I love being surprised. Some Small Magic had all of that and more for me. It was one of those books that stay with you long after you put it down, one that you can’t wait to finish reading, but at the same time dread getting to the end because then the ride will be over. I fell in love with Abel and wanted everything to turn out perfect for him. I found myself many times longing to crawl into the pages so I could spend time with the characters and join them on their adventure. I so recommend this to all of my readers. You will not be disappointed with Billy Coffey and his beautiful story about life, death, and the mystery of it all.
“There are times, Abel, I wish I had your faith.”
“I ain’t got none a that.”
“You’re wrong there, Dorothy says. “I think you got more of that than most. You just needed an adventure to find it.” pg 282
Book: Some Small Magic
Author: Billy Coffey
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 17, 2017)
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I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not asked to give a favorable review; all opinions are my own.