Book Review: The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson

How I got the book?

I got this book while looking for eBooks on sale and trying a different genre I am not used to, usually do not read Romance, but I felt that after the last book I read I needed a light read. It was included in the Kindle Unlimited Subscription, and the title made me curious about the book. The premise of the book on Amazon provided a different kind of Romantic Themed book that sparked interest in me.

This is my first book by Maddie Dawson, I said first because after finishing the book I went to see other books written by the author and found that she has several books, all with great ratings, so I will be picking a few more from her. Also, Goodreads gave the book a rating average of 4.03 with over 9000 ratings submitted. This book can be found in paperback, ebook, and audiobook.

Information about the book

This was the latest book from author Maddie Dawson and was released in 2021 with high expectations. The author has several great books including “The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness” and “Matchmaking for Beginners” and the author has a large following in Goodreads, and a very good website where you can see all of her writing.

What is the book about?

As taken from Amazon and Goodreads the premise of the book is:

“Phronsie Linnelle was conceived at Woodstock in a serendipitous liaison between a free-spirited hippie and a farmer’s son and was born with magical wonder flickering in her DNA and rationality knit into her bones. All her life she’s been torn between the two. But now that she’s been betrayed by both love and the mother she once idolized, her rational side is winning.

So when her best friend from childhood proposes that they give up on romance and marry each other, Phronsie agrees. Who better to spend your life with than your best friend? Maybe the connection they already have is love. Maybe there’s no falling to be done. But immediately after they announce their engagement, she encounters someone who makes a very charming and compelling argument for revisiting romance.

While her even-keeled stepmother argues for the safety that comes with her new engagement and her mother relays messages from the universe to hold out for true love, Phronsie must look to her own heart to find the answers that have been there all along

Short Review as found in Amazon

“Readers may have the impression that they’re enjoying a typical rom-com, but unexpected decisions open the way for a welcome twist we didn’t even know we needed.” Booklist

“With humor, tenderness, and some of the strongest female characters to ever grace a page, Maddie Dawson delivers with The Magic of Found Objects.” —Karen Hawkins, New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of The Book Charmer

The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson is a lovingly crafted and heartwarming story of friendship, family, and being true to oneself. The charming and quirky characters burrow into your heart and make you laugh, cry, and cheer. A thoughtful and joyful read, perfect for book clubs. Dawson wrote another winner!” —Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Last Bathing Beauty

My Personal Opinion:

As I said at the beginning I am not a romantic reader, however, I do like to As I said at the beginning I am not a romance reader, however, I do like to read a bit of everything, and it was time for a light romantic/humorous read. Based on the reasons I selected this book, the book did provide me with the thrill I was looking for. After reading more books based on science fiction and historical drama fiction, I needed a day at the beach kind of book, and this book was delivered.

There were times in which I felt the story fell apart, but then it came back together. The characters in this book are so different from each other, and the plot, in my opinion, is divided into two main parts, one about the search for love, and the other one the search for who we are.

To be honest, everything related to the search of whom the main character Phronsie really is, with the stories about her upbringing with her parents, completely captivated me. The story about her mother being a free spirit and her father keeping a tight grip of reality, and her navigating between those two was a treat. I truly enjoyed reading her backstory on how she ended up in her current present circumstances.

The pace of the story was very good in my opinion, going back and forth from past to present, and letting us know those dark moments that marked Phronsie into a person that wants love, but do not want to risk being hurt, Phronsie wants a safe love and this is why when the proposal from his best friend is presented, she takes it. However, at times, the relationship between her and her best friend Judd once they are engaged can be a bit weird and uncomfortable. A bit too unrealistic in my opinion.

The Highlights of the Book:

The storyline of Phronsie upbringing, with her free-spirited mom and conservative dad, and the complicated relationship with her stepmother which is mostly based on true love and gratefulness, was to be the highlight of the book. I also enjoyed the fast-paced and the fast development of the characters.

The Negatives:

The negatives of this book, in my opinion, was the romantic relationship between Phronsie and her best friend Judd, once they were engaged their interaction became a bit weird as a reader. It was clear the lack of passion, love, and romance and their way of approaching marriage was not something I enjoyed reading.

Information as found in Amazon:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing
  • Publication date: August 21, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 362 pages
  • Genre: Fiction / Humorous / Friendship & Marriage

What are you reading right now? What book would you recomend me? Would you like a personal review to a book? Let me know! I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!

One response to “Book Review: The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson”

  1. Hola, soy nueva siguiendo tu blog. Actualmente estoy leyendo la distopía de Octavia E. Butler “Parable of the sower”+”Parable of the talents”. Creo que después podría venirme bien algo como este libro, algo más alegre y despreocupado.


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