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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Magic in Mauve is a contemporary romance novel written by Nonna Gerikh. Monique wanted something special, a fabric that would make her senses reel and her artistic vision come to life. As she scoured the rows of fine fabrics at the warehouse she frequented, the word ‘mauve’ grabbed her attention and lovingly impressed its promise onto her imagination. Monique knew if she were persistent that she would find the perfect shade of mauve in the most divine fabric. Peggy, her friend and the salesclerk, knew exactly what Monique wanted and was thrilled to discover that she seemed instinctively to know the way past all the boxes and rolls of fabric to where one perfect bolt, almost emptied, waited. Monique drew in her breath, marveling at how the hue and feel of the cloth exceeded her loftiest expectations. Peggy remarked upon how lucky Monique was to have found it, and Monique, then and there, realized that the skirt made from that bolt of cloth would indeed be a lucky skirt, one which celebrated her impending nuptials with a most amazing man.
Magic in Mauve merges romance with magical realism as Monique and her magical skirt follow separate, yet entwined destinies. I loved how the author imbues the everyday with magic and possibility and enjoyed seeing how the skirt Monique so carefully designs and creates seems to have a life of its own, a life that ties women from across the globe together. Twelve-year-old Zorina’s story is especially moving as her chances for happiness seem inevitably doomed to play second fiddle to the demands of state and her conservative Shah father. Gerikh’s characters are lively and richly detailed, and her plot is a delight. Magic in Mauve is suitable for young and new adults as well as the target audience, as it is a squeaky clean romance. Magic in Mauve is most highly recommended.