Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw – Book Review

Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw – Book Review

Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw

Everyday Magic

Author – Charlie Laidlaw
Publisher – Ringwood Publishing
Released – 31st May 2021
Format – ebook
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has just been run over by an electric car.

But in spite of her mundane life, Carole has decided to do something different. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was.

Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future.

Review by Selina

In Everyday Magic we meet Carole Gunn who is married to Ray and they have a Daughter called Iona.

Carole is in a bit of a rut in her life, her daughter does nothing to help around the house, which Carole passes off due to Iona’s illness when she was a child.

Husband Ray is away working all the time, though Carole doubts weather he really is where he says he is.

Carole’s cat, Granny, has also just died after being run over and she feels no one would really notice if she wasn’t around either.

An unexpected force, or maybe her so called Sat Nav, leads Carole to visit her past. She goes to visit the pub where she first met Ray, she also goes back to her old flat in Edinburgh where she lived as an undergraduate, and takes a trip to her childhood home. Carole also bumps into someone she used to work with and they offer her an unexpected opportunity.

Everyday Magic felt a bit like a time travel novel as objects kept on turning up in unexpected places despite Carole knowing she isn’t going mad she still can’t explain why these things are happening.

Although a bit of a slow start for me, I really liked Carole as a person. She is smart and so likeable. I enjoyed following her journey throughout, especially reading about the many flashbacks that occurred. These flashbacks took us back to Carole’s early days of meeting her husband and her archaeology days.

This was a really entertaining read that had me quickly turning the pages wanting more.

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Author Info

Charlie Laidlaw Everyday Magic

I was born and brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember.

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

​Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize.

​I’m also married with two grown-up children and live in East Lothian. And that’s about it.

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4 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds like a thoughtful and sweet read

  2. I am intrigued by Everyday Magic… Thanks for letting me know about it.

  3. Glad this one was entertaining. It sounds to me like it started out pretty depressing. Great review!