“ Genre: Humour / Author: Dara England / Kindle Edition „
Since receiving my Kindle as a birthday gift last year I have been keeping a close eye on the Amazon top 100 free books listings to see if anything catches my eye. The advantage of the free listings, apart from the fact that it is free, is that it allows you to try new authors and genres that you ordinarily wouldn't try. I'm not a huge fan of chick lits, but from time to time do give some titles a go, especially if I know I have a long journey on a train or plane, as lighthearted, easy to read page turners can be good. One of the books I downloaded a couple of weeks ago was 'The Magic Touch - a short story by Dara England.
The story focuses on two characters, Ambrielle and Danny. Ambrielle is a Fairy Godmother and this year hasn't been too great for her. After several unfortunate, but rather amusing mishaps, she finds herself on probation and has 24 hours to perform a miracle or she'll find herself out of a job! Her project? Meet Danny, almost 30, just broken up with his girlfriend and stuck in a dead-end job. Can Ambrielle turn Danny's life around and rescue her own career as a Fairy Godmother? Read this short story and find out!
The magic touch was a fun, lighthearted read. It is marketed as a short story, and short it is! I read the whole thing in about an hour! I thought the characters were well written and interacted well with each other. Ambrielle is a fun character and I found her meddling quite amusing. When I think of a Fairy Godmother I conjure up an image of a short old lady, with her hair in a bun, wearing a frilly dress and wings. I think I watched too many Disney movies as a child! Ambrielle couldn't be further from this image. She's a modern fairy godmother, wears stilettos (judging by the cover!) and her wand is a lipstick that she carries around in her handbag.
Ambrielle is quite a stubborn character and is used to getting her own way. She has a plan to sort out Danny's life - ideas which she shares with Danny. Ambrielle tells Danny what he should do to sort his life, both work and love, out. However Danny is, as you can imagine quite perplexed and baffled by the appearance of his Fairy Godmother on his doorstep and thinks she's just a batty lady! He tends to try and ignore her but when Danny fails to act on her wishes or follow her advice, Ambrielle will just flick her wand and make things happen. For example she tells Danny to hand in his resignation by the end of the day. When he fails to do so she manipulates the situation and Danny soon finds himself in the firing line as a result of sexual harassment! This made quite fun reading, though I did end up feeling quite sorry for Danny.
I thought the story was well written and quite witty in places, but I was a bit disappointed when I finished reading it. I thought the ending was a bit weak and I was left wondering what happened to Ambrielle next. I would have liked the story to have a bit more depth and substance to it. In some ways it felt like I'd read a novel written for an older child in terms of style and length (but not content). It does however, in my opinion, make a good basis on which to write a full novel focussing on Ambrielle's attempts at sorting out Danny's life. Ambrielle is a fun character and it would be lovely to see her developed fully and read more about her antics. It would also be good for Danny's character to be developed a bit more as we didn't learn too much about him or his background.
Overall I found this a quick, fun and light-hearted read. I was left a little disappointed with the ending and I would have liked this to have been longer to allow the characters and story to develop some more. This is still available for free on Amazon bit ordinarily retails at just 86p! I would recommend downloading this for free whilst you've still got a chance though at full price this is still not a bad buy.