There’s always an element of magic in Menna van Praag’s writing. The Witches of Cambridge (Ballantine) is Van Praag’s third novel after 2013’s The House at the End of Hope Street and 2015’s The Dress Shop of Dreams and here she seems to have honed her special blend of magical realism and modern romance with an especially sharp tool.
In The Witches of Cambridge the magic is even more overt than in van Praag’s previous outings. The Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft meet monthly, but they aren’t the only witches in town nor are they the only keepers of secrets. van Praag brings us a charming cast of characters, each set upon keeping their own secrets in a city that at times seems constructed of them.
Readers who like a bit of romance with their magic will enjoy this one. ◊