BOOK CLUB: The Christmas Witch

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Author: Carla Caruso
Format: eBook
Copy courtesy of the author

Carla Caruso is an Adelaide born journalist who has had 12 books published.  This is the first of her books I have had the opportunity to read.  I love witchy books based in non witchy environments so was really looking forward to reading this tale.

The tale is loosely based on the fictional Italian character La Befana, an old woman, sometimes thought to be a witch, who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (Epiphany is January 6) either candy or coal dependent on how the child has behaved.  La Befana is sometimes referred to as The Christmas Witch and I assume this was the motivation for the book’s title.

In Caruso’s tale Mina (Lumina) Rosso is a descendant of the original Christmas Witch, destined to be unlucky in love (although as seen by her mother Sophia, and Nonno, being unlucky in love doesn’t preclude making babies for the next generation of Christmas Witch!).

Mina works in the local antique shop with Sutton (who practices Wicca and has no idea that Mina is a real witch).  Mina’s skills include picking up the furniture’s aura (does the piece of furniture think going home with that purchaser is a good move or not?) and communicating with plants (think “help me I’m thirsty”!).  The antique shop’s owner has had a fall and has left town to recover, in his place his son Jadon (a stunningly good-looking furniture designer from Milan) has come to keep the shop running, and perhaps improve its viability.

Arrival of Jadon seems to precipitate all sorts of issues, minor spells supplied by Mina under her alias have gone awry with unexpected consequences, Jadon seems intent on making changes in the shop and isn’t guaranteeing on-going employment, there’s something weird going on with Sutton and everywhere Mina goes Jadon seems to turn up.  

To add to the chaos, Mina’s younger sister Lotta has somehow missed out on the witch gene, is engaged to be married to a nice Italian boy and is panicking about the upcoming meeting of the families and whether her mother and Nonna will behave and act like normal people not witches.

If that isn’t enough, Mina has got a severe case of the hots for Jadon and it seems to be reciprocated, not good when all relationships entered into by the Christmas Witch are doomed to failure, as Caruso repeatedly tells the reader,

I’d always thought witches were either white or black, but Caruso’s character Mina is a red witch, although she shares the characteristics of a white witch in that she just wants to help people and do nice things. It seems however that Mina and her family aren’t the only witches in town, there is also the black witches, headed by Gardenia and Amantha, who delight in causing havoc. Mina is pretty sure they are up to something, and it seems to involve Arlo, her decidedly non-magical old flame.

Will Mina discover what the black witches are up to before anyone else is injured or dies? And is her relationship with Jadon doomed to failure?

The Christmas Witch is a light-hearted tale of good versus evil with unsuspecting non-magical people caught up in the tussle.  If you are looking for a light read with a bit of romance, intrigue and humour based on the Cozy Mystery genre then you will probably enjoy Caruso’s latest tale.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The Christmas Witch. You can read their comments below, or contribute to the discussion by leaving your own feedback.

12 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Christmas Witch

  1. The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso is a light and fun read. The title is a little misleading as although it is set at Christmas time, there is not much that is “christmassy” about the book. Instead it is filled with well intentioned but misfiring spells, good witches and bad, and a bewitchingly romantic love story.
    The story is well told ( I could easily see it becoming a Netflix style movie or series) and the characters are entertaining.

    Mina, the witch of the title
    is descended from a long line of witches but her magic can be a burden. It has doomed her to be unlucky in love. Her character is neatly juxtaposed with her “normal” sister Lotta, who has missed out on the “witch gene” and is happily planning her wedding.

    There are some colourful and very funny moments as Mina tries to keep her magical family – a forgetful, dotty grandmother witch and a flirty, eccentric mother witch – in check whilst helping with her sister’s wedding plans.

    However the main part of the story is Mina’s relationship with her attractive new boss – the smolderingly handsome but dour Jadon, and the efforts she goes to, to try and avoid being disappointed in love once again.

    A light and amusing read, with lots of magical mishaps thrown in for added entertainment.

  2. I found this book The Christmas Witch An enjoyable light read with a bit of everything from romance humour and the iconic good versus evil,Well written and entertaining a read for anyone from young teens to older.Recommended to lighten your day

  3. ✔️The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso is a light and fun read. The title is a little misleading as although it is set at Christmas time, there is not much that is “christmassy” about the book. Instead it is filled with well intentioned but misfiring spells, good witches and bad, and a bewitchingly romantic love story.
    The story is well told ( I could easily see it becoming a Netflix style movie or series) and the characters are entertaining.

    Mina, the witch of the title
    is descended from a long line of witches but her magic can be a burden. It has doomed her to be unlucky in love. Her character is neatly juxtaposed with her “normal” sister Lotta, who has missed out on the “witch gene” and is happily planning her wedding.

    There are some colourful and very funny moments as Mina tries to keep her magical family – a forgetful, dotty grandmother witch and a flirty, eccentric mother witch – in check whilst helping with her sister’s wedding plans.

    However the main part of the story is Mina’s relationship with her attractive new boss – the smolderingly handsome but dour Jadon, and the efforts she goes to, to try and avoid being disappointed in love once again.

    A light and amusing read, with lots of magical mishaps thrown in for added entertainment.

  4. Good vs Evil with a bit of romance thrown in. I enjoyed this book as a light read and had a bit of a laugh at times. Would of loved a bit more depth is some of the characters but overall I really did enjoy it. A great read during this busy time of the year. Thanks Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read it.

    1. I loved reading Carla Caruso’s “The Christmas Witch”. It was light and easy to read, a bit of romance, a little bit of magic, and a mad crazy family
      This is the story of Mina who comes from a long line of Christmas Witches (La Befana) whose legacy sadly includes being unlucky in love
      Set in a small Australian town, Mina works in a small antique shop. Her world goes slightly askew with the arrival of Jadon. He is here to set the shop into place and manages to capture Mina’s attention
      This is a funny book with just the right mix of romance, witchy spells and those crazy interactions we have with friends and family
      If you want to read something while lazing by the pool, I would certainly give this a huge thumbs up.
      Many thanks to Beauty and Lace and Carla Caruso for the opportunity to read and review an ebook I enjoyed so much

  5. The Christmas Witch is a little confusing by the title as it’s not really a Christmas story.
    It’s a witchy and bewitching love story. Think along the lines of those fun witchy movies you’ve seen.
    This novella is such fun to read. The were plenty of laughs and highlights to keep you entertained the whole way through.

    It’s a romantic comedy with a dash of supernatural quirkiness.
    Mina Rosso is a descendant of La Befana Italy’s Christmas witch, this means that she’s cursed to forever be unlucky in love. So instead she helps the local people with love potions.

    As she is a witch she can hear plants talking to her so anytime she sees unloved pot plants left behind she takes them and gives them a new life. This bit was fun and different.

    Carla Caruso has written a fun, warm, entertaining novella that will make you laugh and enjoy reading.

    Thanks Beauty and Lace.

  6. The Christmas Witch is a fun Christmas romance novel. Mina is a descendant of the original Italian Christmas Witch in a world where seemingly a lot of witches of the good and bad variety exist.
    Minas job in her local antique shop is put in jeopardy when her boss injures himself and his son comes to take over. Romance ensues but being a Christmas Witch means being unlucky in love.
    Lots of magical mishaps happen, mysterious deaths and some interesting family moments.
    Overall it is an enjoyable book, perfect for the holidays.

  7. I loved reading Carla Caruso’s “The Christmas Witch”. It was light and easy to read, a bit of romance, a little bit of magic, and a mad crazy family
    This is the story of Mina who comes from a long line of Christmas Witches (La Befana) whose legacy sadly includes being unlucky in love
    Set in a small Australian town, Mina works in a small antique shop. Her world goes slightly askew with the arrival of Jadon. He is here to set the shop into place and manages to capture Mina’s attention
    This is a funny book with just the right mix of romance, witchy spells and those crazy interactions we have with friends and family
    If you want to read something while lazing by the pool, I would certainly give this a huge thumbs up.
    Many thanks to Beauty and Lace and Carla Caruso for the opportunity to read and review an ebook I enjoyed so much

  8. The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso is the perfect holiday read. It is an easy, light and definitely fun read. It was quite funny at times and kept me well entertained. I enjoyed the good vs evil theme and the romance. It was the perfect read to start the holidays.thank you Beauty and Lace and Carla Caruso for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful e-book.

  9. The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso is a light hearted read. At times the characters and plot are described in great detail and at other times superficial descriptions are evident. Likewise, throughout the story there is a wonderful use of vocabulary in the main, but at times lapses into less sophisticated use of vernacular. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. Usually I am not a fan of an ebook but I found the ease of carrying a tablet as opposed to a book enlightening while traveling. Thanks Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this ebook.

  10. The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso I found was a very good book and easy to read book. Loved how it went into depth about Mina and about her being a witch and her somewhat crazy family. Great story of love too. Thank you Beauty and Lace for letting me read this great book.

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