Series: Nodaway Falls

Audio Review: A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

Posted April 17, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 5 Comments

Audio Review: A Little Night Magic by Lucy MarchA Little Night Magic by Lucy March
Series: Nodaway Falls #1
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Published by Audible on 01-31-12
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Source: Purchased
Audio | Goodreads

Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends . . . but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed. As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side . . . and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?

Quick Thought: OMG, it’s like Molly Harper and Darynda Jones had a love child. Pleasantly surprised!

Why I Listened: A Little Night Magic was a total impulse buy from It was on sale for $4.95 and I saw that Amanda Ronconi was the narrator and love her narration job on Molly Harper’s books and after reading the summary it sounded like a cute, light listen so I went for it.

What I Liked: Everything really. Much like Harper and Jones, March wrote a loveable heroine and fun secondary characters. Olivia is a quirky waitress in a small town where nothing happens. She is wans to make a big chance in her life and decides to move to Europe but her gang of gal pals are not liking the idea that she won’t be coming back. And the sexy cook at the dinner Olivia works at is starting to set up and take notice when he finds out that she is planning on leaving town.

“I don’t care what Edward did in the Twilight books. Watching a girl sleep is just creepy.” He smiled. “You weren’t sleeping.”    “Don’t think you’re breeze by on a technicality, Shoop, you go all Cullen on me, I’m staking you through the heart.”

What I Didn’t Like: Nothing. I really enjoyed this listen. I have to admit though, I wonder if I would give it 4 stars if I read it instead of listening to it. I think this a book that really lends itself well to the audio format.

Final Thought: A Little Night Magic is full of funny one liners, crazy secondary characters and an even crazier bad guy. Olivia and gang will never be the same now that they know that magic is real. I can’t wait for the next book, That Touch of Magic. There is no cover or blurb for it but I’m hoping it will be about Olivia’s friend and the super moody Kane.

Narration: I feel like I was listening to a Molly Harper book because Amanda Ronconi narrates all of Harper’s books. I kept telling myself this is not Jane (the main character in the Jane Jameson series). Ronconi is a great narrator for snarky, fun books. She brings just the enough amount of sassy and cheeky to the characters.

About Amanda Ronconi

Amanda is an actress and narrator who divides her time between New York City and Upstate New York. She has a BFA from NYU where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has performed in theaters around New York City and regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times. Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her voiceover work encompasses nearly 100 audiobooks available on She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

Amanda’s new solo show, Kempner, will debut in 2016.