Playing the Witch Card (Paperback)
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Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters
She gave up on magic. But magic didn't give up on her.
Three generations of magic. Two rogue exes. One Tarot deck.
The perfect recipe for chaos.
Flair Hardwicke knows three things: magic is real, love isn’t, and relying on either ends in disaster. So while she’s grateful for the chance to take over her grandmother’s Kansas bakery after she finally leaves her cheating husband, she won’t be embracing Nana’s fortune-telling side-hustle. Hers is a strictly no-magic operation—until the innocent batch of Tarot card cookies Flair bakes for the town’s Halloween celebration unleashes the power of the family deck, luring Flair’s unpredictable mother to town, tempting Flair’s magic-obsessed daughter, and bringing back Flair’s first love while ensnaring her ex in a curse she can’t break.
Flair’s attempts to control the chaos only make things worse, playing right into the hands of a powerful witch. Suddenly there’s far more at stake than her status as the most reluctant witch in town, and the magic Flair has long rejected becomes the only card she has left to play.
About the Author
KJ Dell'Antonia is the former editor of The New York Times' Motherlode and the co-host of the #AmWriting Podcast, as well as the author of How to Be a Happier Parent, In Her Boots, and the instant New York Times bestseller and Reese's Book Club pick, The Chicken Sisters. She lives with her family on a small farm in Lyme, New Hampshire, but retains an abiding love for her childhood in Texas and Kansas.
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“An enchanting story of small-town magic, love, family, and friendship as delicious and captivating as Flair's tarot-themed cookies. It'll have you craving both witchy baked goods and a visit to your nearest swoonworthy magical town.” —Lana Harper, author of Payback’s a Witch and the Witches of Thistle Grove series
“A delightfully sweet, heartfelt novel about letting go of our fears to make room for magic, and the power of choosing our own fate. Utterly charming.” —Rachel Harrison, author of Cackle and Such Sharp Teeth
“A heartwarming, magical story about complicated families and the legacies they leave behind. Flair's journey of self-reclamation, her cozy bakery, and the charming town obsessed with Halloween cast a delightful spell over me and had me longing for autumn!” Judy I. Lin, New York Times bestselling author of the Book of Tea duology
“Dell'Antonia perfectly captures life in a small town in this delightful family saga. … It feels strange to say that a book about witchcraft and magic that won't take no for an answer is 'cozy' but I really did get cozy vibes from this book! It put me in a fall, pumpkin-spice sort of mood, and is the perfect read for curling up next to the fire.” —Jessica Clare, author of What the Hex
“Buckle up your broomsticks, people. Playing the Witch Card is an absolutely delightful wild ride … An exploration of identity, freedom and the power of letting things go, this one will stay with me for a long a long time.” —Annabel Monaghan, author of Nora Goes Off Script
“KJ Dell’Antonia had me at magic cookies, but then her story delivered so much more: a charming tale of second chances, family, and embracing one’s true self, all set in an enchanting small town I’m ready to relocate to. This is a Halloween treat of a book.”—Elizabeth Bass, author of A Letter to Three Witches
“A magical, heartwarming, and hilarious story about embracing who we are, and women reclaiming their power. Set in a charming town with its own secrets and enchanted tarot cards, this book will cast a spell on you in the best possible way. I absolutely loved it!” — Maureen Kilmer, author of Hex Education
“Dell'Antonia's third novel is full of mysterious and eerie plot twists… A complex tale about motherhood and witchcraft…” –Kirkus Reviews