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read Spellcast Maggie Graham #1 doc ´ Paperback ô barbara ashford ´ When Maggie Graham lost her job and her apartment fell to pieces she decided to flee New York City for a while and hide in Vermont at the Crossroads Theatre She hadn't planned to audition yet soon found herself part of the summer stock cWhen Maggie Graham lost her job and her apartment fell to pieces she decided to flee New York City for a while and hide in Vermont at the Crossroads One of the best discoveries of 2011 I finished Speelcast and I'm still speechless I got curious about this book when I saw some reviews stating wonders about this novel by Barbara Ashford I have to admit the title and the cover did some convincing too but how could I resist to such marvellous reviews I don't normally buy books because of fantastic review At least when I'm not certain the book can meet my expectations But in this case I was enthralled by various factors and I couldn't resist buying this Spellcast And it was a wonderful sweet discovery I'm truly happy to have discovered this author and this book It was such a wonderful reading I'm still reeling from those last few pages I even re read the final chapter 3 or 4 times not believing it was the end Actually I'm still not convinced it is the end How I am ever going to survive until June I'm certain I'll die from anxiety until then Despite that this book brought me many emotions What a powerful and beautiful creation we have here I loved the characters right from the start even though in the beginning I couldn't tell them apart But as I devoured the book everything fell to the rights place and I just enjoyed the ride And what a wild ride Such a remarking heart breaking love story I loved the plot I loved everything in the book And loved the cenario at Vermont Oh well I loved it FAN TAS TIC That's all I have to say This is definitely a page turner I wish I had waited for the seuel to come out so I could have of Crossroads Theatre But why oh why couldn't I waitI just hope Spellcrossed will be as sweet as this one I CAN'T wait

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R for the theater's unusual staff and its handsome almost otherworldly directorRead Barbara Ashford's blogs and other content on the Penguin Communi It is obviously a sign from above that Maggie needs a change of scene when she is not only fired but the ceiling of her bathroom collapses on top of her while she tries to take a consolatory bath She packs a bag and leaves New York City for Vermont intent on finding a Bed and Breakfast What she finds instead is the Crossroads Theater and its enigmatic director RowanSpellcast is a fairy tale and like all the best fairy tales it is dark and dangerous and examines all of the things about ourselves we would rather not look at It also glimmers with wide eyed wonder and rustles with restless energy It is impossible to put downAshford's love of theater is apparent and will touch everyone who has had the luck to walk across the stage and everyone who has ever wanted to She captures the camaraderie of the theater perfectly with all of its dysfunctions and drama Her descriptions of things I enjoyed so much when I was younger my time spent engaged in summer theater tickled a smile onto my face and marched goosebumps down my arms It was perfect And I didn't realize I had enjoyed theater as much as I had or that I missed it It is an amazing author that can appeal to memories that are almost 20 years old and get me to recall them so vividlyAnd it isn't just theater It is family and friends relationships and work and all those little and not so little things that fill our lives and make us who we areSpellcast can be a very personal read if you let it And I encourage you greatly to do so

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Spellcast Maggie Graham #1Theatre She hadn't planned to audition yet soon found herself part of the summer stock cast But her previous acting experiences couldn't prepare he Originally Posted at hours of having a completely uiet and catatonic wife my husband had to interrupt and ask Must be a really good book huh He said I looked up with this look of awe on my face and said It's like nothing I've ever read before And that's exactly how I felt; how I still feel even days later To be completely honest when Ms Ashford asked me to read her book I was nervous that I would find it hard to connect with the story being that I'm not a thespian nor have I ever stepped foot on stage But I shouldn't have worried about that because Ashford's love for the theater runs deep enough for the both of us You can feel the warmth of that love radiate from the way she describes something as simple as stage direction to the way she elaborates on something as important and complex as method acting It boils down to the skill she has in writing about something she so clearly loves It's become a part of her soul and she's been kind enough to share that part of her soul with us So if you're worried because like me you're not a theater buff please don't let that stop you from picking up this touching and heartfelt tale The book is a complete mystery for the majority of it You will guess that you know what's going on in this strange Vermont town with this cast of unusual yet somehow realistic characters but then something will happen and you'll think well that's new Maybe I don't really get what's happening Eventually you stop trying to figure everything out and just go with it The story that unfolds is one that is so stirring in a fantastic way that it'll stay with you long after the last page is read The connections I made with the characters are lasting and I'm anxious to see what story they have to tell me next From the very first page I was drawn in by the voice and the tone of the book Hell here's the first page Tell me you don't want from this character On a scale of one to ten the day has registered 95 on the Suck Scale even before I climbed into the bathtub with my bottle of Talisker First the I'm sorry but the recent merger means that we'll have to let some people go speech at work Then the horrifically exuberant letter from some college classmate that exclaimed Hurry Maggie only a few days left to register for our tenth reunionNow it appeared to be snowing Inside my bathroomI gazed heavenward and frowned A few moments ago the crack in the ceiling has merely struck me as a depressing metaphor for my life Now it has blossomed into a giant spiderwebMesmerized by whisky and the sheer improbability of yet another disaster I watched the web expand Like a character in a movie who stands on the frozen lake while you're shouting at the screen The ice is creaking up you moronWhen the first chunk of plaster struck my knee I grabbed the Talisker and scrambled to safety Seconds later a chunk the size of my microwave plummeted into the tub sending a small tidal wave lapping across my feetI stared at the iceberg of plaster floating in the tub at the gaping hole in my ceiling at the water racing down the hallway The I did what any strong self reliant New Yorker would do after surviving the loss of her job and the reminder of ten years of lackluster achievement on both personal and professional front I criedBottom Line I can only guess that I'm feeling much like the first person who read Jane Austen or William Shakespeare's first work must have felt This book this author these characters they're keepers