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Witches are created, not born. The only magic word Libbie Stark seems to know these days is ‘ibuprofen’ thanks to a headache-inducing job, two teenagers, one ex-husband, and a deadbeat boyfriend—until the death of a friend brings unexpected consequences. Libbie and the other members of her weekly cocktail club are shocked to discover that their eccentric friend was a witch Witches are created, not born. The only magic word Libbie Stark seems to know these days is ‘ibuprofen’ thanks to a headache-inducing job, two teenagers, one ex-husband, and a deadbeat boyfriend—until the death of a friend brings unexpected consequences. Libbie and the other members of her weekly cocktail club are shocked to discover that their eccentric friend was a witch and that they are the recipients of her magical assets. Libbie would’ve preferred to inherit an island beach house, especially when her life starts to unravel. With the help of the other Dread Pirate Witches and a handsome lawyer with a head of hair that Fabio would envy, Libbie strives to understand her gift and dig herself out of the hole she’s created, one cocktail at a time. The more her life changes, however, the more Libbie realizes that maybe the end of midlife as she knows it is exactly what she needs.


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Witches are created, not born. The only magic word Libbie Stark seems to know these days is ‘ibuprofen’ thanks to a headache-inducing job, two teenagers, one ex-husband, and a deadbeat boyfriend—until the death of a friend brings unexpected consequences. Libbie and the other members of her weekly cocktail club are shocked to discover that their eccentric friend was a witch Witches are created, not born. The only magic word Libbie Stark seems to know these days is ‘ibuprofen’ thanks to a headache-inducing job, two teenagers, one ex-husband, and a deadbeat boyfriend—until the death of a friend brings unexpected consequences. Libbie and the other members of her weekly cocktail club are shocked to discover that their eccentric friend was a witch and that they are the recipients of her magical assets. Libbie would’ve preferred to inherit an island beach house, especially when her life starts to unravel. With the help of the other Dread Pirate Witches and a handsome lawyer with a head of hair that Fabio would envy, Libbie strives to understand her gift and dig herself out of the hole she’s created, one cocktail at a time. The more her life changes, however, the more Libbie realizes that maybe the end of midlife as she knows it is exactly what she needs.

30 review for Magic Uncorked

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

    This is the story of Libby moving her life beyond her mid-life crisis. I enjoyed it a lot. There is a paranormal element to this story in the form of cocktails. Unique and fun. I liked all the characters in this book, I especially liked Libby's ex-husband. The book encompasses lots of emotion and the bonds of friendship. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charina

    This book felt good to read. It's not very exciting and a lot doesn't happen. But, it felt good and comfy to read. It's hard to explain. I just wish there was more romance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Bower

    Libbie is at her weekly cocktail party that is held at her friend's Inga's house. Libbie enjoyed being able to get together with her friends. Libbie suffers from anxiety, she doesn't stand up for herself, she is divorced and is unhappy in her relationship. As the club has a final drink before everyone leaves, Inga falls to the floor. She makes some strange comments. Libbie is devastated by the death of her friend. While dealing with her family, she is contacted by a lawyer about Inga's assets. T Libbie is at her weekly cocktail party that is held at her friend's Inga's house. Libbie enjoyed being able to get together with her friends. Libbie suffers from anxiety, she doesn't stand up for herself, she is divorced and is unhappy in her relationship. As the club has a final drink before everyone leaves, Inga falls to the floor. She makes some strange comments. Libbie is devastated by the death of her friend. While dealing with her family, she is contacted by a lawyer about Inga's assets. They make an appointment to see the lawyer. The lawyer informs the group of girls that Inga passed on her witch powers to them. He gives them what she left, they make plans to go after everything is done. Libbie looks at her book she was given, sees a cocktail listed. She decides to make the drink, afterwards she feels so different. She feels good, stronger, more confident. Libbie's new confidence will cause her some pain but will sow her a better future. This was a great first book to series, I really enjoyed reading it. There are so many moments in there that everyone can relate too. You will enjoy watching this character grow and become a better version of herself and take charge. I highly recommend this book, can't wait to read more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike Lewis

    Holy crap and wow. A story that Will amaze and enthrall you. First off let me explain. I have read all of Annabel chases books. I love everyone of them. That being said. This book was just wow and amazing beyond belief. It says it is in women’s fiction. It’s OK I guess I found me a new genre I like. At least when it is written by Annabel Chase. A story about four middle-aged women in their 40s and early 50s. They get together once a week with one of their other friends an 85-year-old eccentric lad Holy crap and wow. A story that Will amaze and enthrall you. First off let me explain. I have read all of Annabel chases books. I love everyone of them. That being said. This book was just wow and amazing beyond belief. It says it is in women’s fiction. It’s OK I guess I found me a new genre I like. At least when it is written by Annabel Chase. A story about four middle-aged women in their 40s and early 50s. They get together once a week with one of their other friends an 85-year-old eccentric lady who lives life to the fullest. They each have their own issues and lives. Yet something magical happens. I won’t give away any details. Yet I will tell you it is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Once you begin reading it you will not want to put it down. Think fried green tomatoes or a movie similar to that and toss in a bit of practical magic and Stir it three times and you might get the beginning hints of an amazing story. I for one hope this series lasts forever. It is on my new always looking out for the next one list. Check it out now or you will regret it. You won’t want to miss the heart the feeling the emotion and the amazement and courage in the story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lita Acevedo

    I just loved this sweet story about a bunch of peri-menopausal women who meet form the Cocktail Club and each week for a small cocktail party. The beginning was sad because they always met with Inga who was 85 and basically the leader of this little group of 5. However, Inga passes from a heart attack in the early part of the book setting everyone up for what becomes the basis of this series. Inga was a witch and upon her death she passed her "assets" (witchy powers) on to the remaining 4 ladies I just loved this sweet story about a bunch of peri-menopausal women who meet form the Cocktail Club and each week for a small cocktail party. The beginning was sad because they always met with Inga who was 85 and basically the leader of this little group of 5. However, Inga passes from a heart attack in the early part of the book setting everyone up for what becomes the basis of this series. Inga was a witch and upon her death she passed her "assets" (witchy powers) on to the remaining 4 ladies. They learn all of this the day of Inga's funeral service when they meet with a lawyer representing Inga who gives them each a blank book and a jar and instructions as well as telling them Inga has left each of them one of her cats. This first book focused on Libbie. A veritable mess of a person stuck in a relationship going nowhere and working in a job she hates. Her parents are people she would be better off without but nevertheless play a big role in her life. She avoids conflict at all costs and as a result has settled for whatever life has thrown her way. Libbie's life is about to be turned upside down.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Myra Ball

    Chase always delivers This book feels like a more mature story with this series. I'm in the age range of these characters so I did relate to Libbie especially. My only issue is that Chase creates a whole different magical world from her other series. Her other series are more fantastical with all types of creatures and wild magic. This series is a more small town mystery with paranormal aspects. A witch tells the ladies that magic is not hereditary but passed to those a witch chooses after she di Chase always delivers This book feels like a more mature story with this series. I'm in the age range of these characters so I did relate to Libbie especially. My only issue is that Chase creates a whole different magical world from her other series. Her other series are more fantastical with all types of creatures and wild magic. This series is a more small town mystery with paranormal aspects. A witch tells the ladies that magic is not hereditary but passed to those a witch chooses after she dies. I understand this is fictional but her other series are pretty much the complete opposite with hereditary magic. I guess this could be from the only perspective of these witches and they don't realize there are magical towns. Anyway, it's a bit confusing if you've read other Chase series. The book is still good but does have a slow start.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Veilleux Roth

    A Pleasure to Read Sometimes it’s startling when a book feels so real because you’ve heard the same demoralizing sentences characters, like Chris or Libbie’s parents say... I sure could identify with Libbie’s need to avoid confrontation and turn into a people pleaser in the beginning chapters, that was like my story in my younger years...whew, the critical parenting? Oh yeah, been there. I had a therapist guide my empowerment, for Libbie there was Inga, with her zest for life and and Friday night A Pleasure to Read Sometimes it’s startling when a book feels so real because you’ve heard the same demoralizing sentences characters, like Chris or Libbie’s parents say... I sure could identify with Libbie’s need to avoid confrontation and turn into a people pleaser in the beginning chapters, that was like my story in my younger years...whew, the critical parenting? Oh yeah, been there. I had a therapist guide my empowerment, for Libbie there was Inga, with her zest for life and and Friday night cocktails with friends, much more fun than a therapist! It was a joy to see Libbie blossom and recognize her worth, reach for the stars and start a new life. I smiled so often through this book, it was a pleasure to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Guenevere Garrity

    Delightful! A true coming of age story, that happens to be in the middle ages. Libbie lives a stifled life of "good enough" until the passing of her friend Inga, who just happens to have been a witch. After receiving her inheritance from Inga, Libbie's life seems to go to hell in a hand basket! Little does she know that it's the start of a wonderful adventure into self acceptance and strength of character. Libbie has a lot of hurdles to overcome but one cocktail at a time, overcome them she does. Delightful! A true coming of age story, that happens to be in the middle ages. Libbie lives a stifled life of "good enough" until the passing of her friend Inga, who just happens to have been a witch. After receiving her inheritance from Inga, Libbie's life seems to go to hell in a hand basket! Little does she know that it's the start of a wonderful adventure into self acceptance and strength of character. Libbie has a lot of hurdles to overcome but one cocktail at a time, overcome them she does. A wonderful story that leaves me waiting anxiously for the next book in this series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    5 Magical Stars!!!!! I absolutely LOVED Magic Uncorked. The characters were so relatable and real to me. They had a close knit group of friends with real issues and real problems. Failed marriages, deadbeat boyfriends, awful jobs, all part of life. The author does an excellent job at creating complex, complicated characters that show us that midlife isn’t the end of your life, but maybe even the beginning. The magic in the story is so fun and intertwined in the main story that it is brilliantly w 5 Magical Stars!!!!! I absolutely LOVED Magic Uncorked. The characters were so relatable and real to me. They had a close knit group of friends with real issues and real problems. Failed marriages, deadbeat boyfriends, awful jobs, all part of life. The author does an excellent job at creating complex, complicated characters that show us that midlife isn’t the end of your life, but maybe even the beginning. The magic in the story is so fun and intertwined in the main story that it is brilliantly written. I highly recommend this book . I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I have a mixed reaction to this book. The writing and plot were fine. The characters weren't terribly engaging, but have potential. However, there was a large dose of interpersonal conflict inherent in the plot. It was necessary to the story of the MC's growth, but I found it unsettling. I find that I have to turn a blind eye to the preponderance of mid-life women's issues that are a feature of this new genre...hot flashes should not be a trope, but that's just me. I plan to read the second book I have a mixed reaction to this book. The writing and plot were fine. The characters weren't terribly engaging, but have potential. However, there was a large dose of interpersonal conflict inherent in the plot. It was necessary to the story of the MC's growth, but I found it unsettling. I find that I have to turn a blind eye to the preponderance of mid-life women's issues that are a feature of this new genre...hot flashes should not be a trope, but that's just me. I plan to read the second book when it is released and hope to learn to love the cocktail club ladies just a bit more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather Holman

    Excellent Book I’m a big fan of Annabel Chase, but I’m going to be honest. I’m not a fan of mid-life crisis, menopausal themed books. So I was a little disappointed going into the book. But then Ms. Chase’s storytelling once again grabbed me and a beautiful story unfolded. A powerful message that it’s never too late to empower yourself to truly be who you are. I hope everyone is blessed to have an Irma in their life. To live so fully that your story continues after you’ve gone. Kudos. This may be Excellent Book I’m a big fan of Annabel Chase, but I’m going to be honest. I’m not a fan of mid-life crisis, menopausal themed books. So I was a little disappointed going into the book. But then Ms. Chase’s storytelling once again grabbed me and a beautiful story unfolded. A powerful message that it’s never too late to empower yourself to truly be who you are. I hope everyone is blessed to have an Irma in their life. To live so fully that your story continues after you’ve gone. Kudos. This may be your best book yet.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    A good evening This author is hit or miss for me. I love their supernatural series but hate their cozy mysterys. This one is a nice inbetween. It felt short but did have a relatable protagonist and an interesting take on magic. I liked the idea of magic not being hereditary. We don't see that as often. There really isn't any romance in this. So if your looking for something spicy this isn't it. That being said the friends in the cocktail club are awesome and i look forward to their stories. Espec A good evening This author is hit or miss for me. I love their supernatural series but hate their cozy mysterys. This one is a nice inbetween. It felt short but did have a relatable protagonist and an interesting take on magic. I liked the idea of magic not being hereditary. We don't see that as often. There really isn't any romance in this. So if your looking for something spicy this isn't it. That being said the friends in the cocktail club are awesome and i look forward to their stories. Especially Rebekah since she is the animal lover, and works at a rescue.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 323. Another of the middle life crisis paranormal mysteries that are popping up these days. I liked the main character, and her children, and some of her friends in the cocktail club, but the book needed more. It was like drinking a soft drink and realizing it had no carbonization in it. If she had another book that provided more on this main character I would probably order it just to see how much further the character develops. It was probably me, and the mood I was in, but this book w 2020 bk 323. Another of the middle life crisis paranormal mysteries that are popping up these days. I liked the main character, and her children, and some of her friends in the cocktail club, but the book needed more. It was like drinking a soft drink and realizing it had no carbonization in it. If she had another book that provided more on this main character I would probably order it just to see how much further the character develops. It was probably me, and the mood I was in, but this book was not a keeper for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michele Cantrell

    The Friday Night Cocktail club has their normal gathering on the Fourth of July weekend, but this one doesn't end as planned. Meet Libbie, her life is about to change. She is divorced, living with a deadbeat boyfriend, 2 teenagers, parents that think she can do nothing right and works with a boss that it is his way or else! The Friday Cocktail Club knows how to reaffirm each of their good points and make a negative into a positive!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janis E. McCormack

    Brilliant I am an avid reader(that’s an understatement) I have favorite authors that I agonize over till their next book comes out. Ms Chase is definitely on that list and this first book of a new series doesn’t disappoint. In fact this could be my favorite. As a women of advancing age(fifty cough-cough) these characters are so real and relatable that I want to hang out with a cocktail. Thanks Annabel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dana Audette

    A poignant, funny magical story of friendship and self-discovery. Magic Uncorked is a funny story about the power of sisterhood and witches. It follows friends who come into their witch powers when they needed it most and follows Libbie as she opened her life and follows a path of self-discovery. It's about strong women who are loyal and fierce in their desire to support each other and pay homage to a friend. I loved it from beginning to end!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer

    I'm loving this first installment in the Midlife Magic Cocktail Club! I've read the Starry Hollow Witches series by Annabel Chase, and they've kept me hooked, so it's no surprise that I'm very much looking forward to book 2 in this series. The characters are so relatable. Especially to those of us who are ... ahem... experiencing some of the less than glamorous aspects of womanhood when you looking at your forties in the rearview mirror. Keep 'em coming Annable Chase!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda Franklin

    Delightful beginning Ms. Chase has once again created a new world for her loyal readers, and new ones, to enjoy. Four perimenopausal friends inherit witchhood(?) from an older friend. This first volume of the series focuses on Libbie's transformation in an intriguing twist on the trope of the middle-aged woman whose life is upended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    A bewitching story! I truly enjoyed this book! Libbie and her friends are the recipients of a witchy gift from their friend Inga when she passes away. The gift starts giving immediately and Libbie's life changes so fast that she's not sure she can keep up...until the first cocktail recipe shows up magically in her new journal! A wonderful story you don't want to miss.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Peachey

    Great start to a new PWF What a great start to a new series. The beginning and the set up was absolutely brilliant I couldn’t put the book down. I did feel the ending was a little rushed which is why I only gave 4 stars instead of 5 but overall a great fun read. Looking forward to book 2 🙂

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Worth the read This is a fantastic beginning of a new series that anyone who enjoys PWF should definitely check out. The premise of witches being made and not born is a unique take and Annabel Chase does an amazing job with the story line. The confidence that Libbie finally achieves was great to read. I can't wait to see what is in store for the other gals!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Yes! Sometimes life begins when you are least expecting it to restart! This book made me tear up, giggle and sigh! Witchy things start to happen to the middle aged Libby thought things couldn’t get any worse! Things perk up and Libby shakes things up! I’m not into spoilers so, just read this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wenonah Lyon

    Magic and Menopause Five friends who meet for cocktails every Friday night. I gave is in her eighties, the others late forties. Inga dies, and leaves each a gift. Lizzie, anxious, afraid, is the subject of the first book. She learns she’s a witch, her witchcraft expressed in a book of cocktails. Great characters, intricate plot. I loved it and am eagerly awaiting the next.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Morris

    The Start of a Journey For 4 ladies. Thoroughly enjoyable first novel in the series. Libbie is so insecure it's unbelievable, but the light in her life is her Friday night cocktail evening with her friends. Inga is the leader of the pack and her influence is huge on Libbie's life. Read and love it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marybelle A. Swaim

    Awesome This is an excellent book! Great story, great characters and a very fun read. This isn't my normal type of reading but I'm certainly glad I expanded a bit. I do like paranormal in which there are witches so that's why I tried it and am I ever glad I did. I'm sure that other readers will agree even if witches are not necessarily your thing. 😅

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda Race

    I couldn't put this book down. There are so many things about this book that I loved but one take away is, when you're with your friends exchange compliments and never take each other for granted. The friendships and support these women have for each other and the way they honor Inga is inspirational. I can't wait to read book #2. Ms. Chase weaves a magic story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Kearns

    Magic Uncorked All the girls were together for their weekly Cocktail Club. They were enjoying their girl bonding session, laughing and drinking. Next thing their old friend Inga , is dead, from a fatal heart attack. Inga, remembered each of her four young friends in her will. Great read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi McFadden

    Absolutely amazing new series Annabel Chase has hit it out of the park with her new series. It has a great feel good plot and will resonate with women of all ages. Women supporting women and coming of age at a different point in our lives. I loved it and can't wait for the next in the series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    Encouraging fun read A novel full of new beginnings, promises of re-birth in midlife. Inspiring especially to women 40+ that our lives are what we make of it and menopause (lol) is not the end but a step into so much more. Annabel's book made me feel all fuzzy warm, smile, perk up ; definitely a book I recommend!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    Interesting Book I gave this book 5 stars because it held my attention from first word til last. I loved the characters and the storyline. This book is recommended for those who love the paranormal.

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