Book Review: The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso

The Christmas Witch…

About the Book:

Misfiring spells. A gorgeous new boss. Looks like this Christmas will be magic…

The festive season isn’t Mina Rosso’s favourite time of year. It reminds her that as a descendant of La Befana – Italy’s Christmas witch – she’s cursed to forever be unlucky in love… Her plan this Christmastime is to lie low, keeping her secret identity under wraps as usual, and do what comes naturally: spread goodwill.

Unfortunately, the arrival of her boss’s son, Jadon Eder, puts a spanner in the works. Fresh from working in Milan, Jadon’s full of big-city arrogance and plans to overhaul the antique shop Mina loves. Pity he’s also sinfully attractive. Despite her best intentions – and even though he’s human, a no-no in the witchy world – Mina finds herself falling for him.

Then she finds out some bad news. Some of the spells she’s sold online have backfired … horribly. While she’s critical of the dark witches in her neighbourhood, is she really the good witch she thinks she is?

A fresh, funny story of love and the chaos and joy Christmas can bring from the ever-popular Carla Caruso.

My Thoughts:

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned Christmas rom-com? Well, normally me, to be honest, but this one was a little bit different. Think Bewitched, think Practical Magic, think Charmed, and you’ll be coming close to the themes of The Christmas Witch.

Mina, our main character in the Christmas Witch, is a descendant from a legendary Italian Christmas Witch called La Befana. She’s considered a red witch, which is in layman’s terms, a good witch. Mina is very much a Mother Earth type of witch. She’s really in tune with nature, very nurturing and empathetic, choosing to surround herself with greenery. She seemed to have a special talent for communicating with plants and keeping them alive. I liked this aspect of her characterisation. She was a very likeable character with a good heart, and in traditional Christmas rom-com fashion, I was cheering her on from the sidelines.

This novella was a lot of fun. It’s a romantic comedy on the one hand, but with a dash of supernatural quirk on the other. There’s a lot of little funny moments, particularly with Mina’s family – her nonna and her mother – along with some rogue spell casting that leads to a few very amusing outcomes. And of course there is romance, the magical Christmas sparkly kind that typifies hallmark movies and keeps us coming back year after year for more. All in all, The Christmas Witch is an enjoyable novella, perfect for those who like to indulge in a bit of Christmas love and laughter while they countdown to the big day.


Thanks extended to the author for providing me with a copy of The Christmas Witch for review.

About the Author:

Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, Australia, and only ‘escaped’ for three years to work as a magazine journalist and stylist in Sydney. Previously, she was a gossip columnist and fashion editor at Adelaide’s daily newspaper, The Advertiser. She has since freelanced for titles including Woman’s Day, Cleo and Shop Til You Drop. These days, she writes fiction in between playing mum to twin sons Alessio and Sebastian, making fashion jewellery, and restoring vintage furniture. Oh, plus checking her daily horoscopes, jogging, and devouring trashy TV shows! Find out more on Carla’s website, or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

The Christmas Witch
Published by Escape Publishing
Released November 2019

8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso

  1. I’ve read a couple of Carla’s books and I really enjoy her writing. Her Christmas novella sounds delightful I wish I could fit it in but at the moment I’m so far behind in my own personal challenge that probably no Christmas story will be read this year. My wish is to only read Christmas stories in the month of December… one day….

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