cover image Enchanted to Meet You

Enchanted to Meet You

Meg Cabot. Avon, $18.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-326837-1

With this adorable paranormal rom-com, bestseller Cabot (the Princess Diaries series) launches a fun and spooky series set on Connecticut’s Long Island Sound. A few incantation mistakes as a teenager resulted in Jessica Gold’s exclusion from the World Council of Witches (WCW). Now the self-trained witch limits her use of magic to making positive fashion alterations in her retail store in historic West Harbor. That small coastal town is on the brink of celebrating its tricentennial—but handsome newcomer Derrick Winters arrives with a dire warning, claiming West Harbor may not make it to 300. He points out recent flooding, wolf sightings, and other unexplained phenomena as harbingers of what is to come, but also offers some hope, naming Jessica as the “Chosen One” who can identify the “Bringer of Light,” a young girl who will save the town. Game to save her little corner of the world, Jessica must face down her old high school nemesis, a WCW snob, while trying to find her new mentee and get her ready for whatever lies ahead. The townful of quirky characters charms, while mysterious Derrick, who may or may not be sanctioned by the WCW but who is undeniably awesome at pub trivia, makes for a swoony love interest. Readers will be eager for more. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Sept.)