Friday, September 21, 2007

Switchcraft-Mary Castillo

Mary Castillo
Avon, Oct 2007, $13.95
ISBN: 9780060876081

Married with an infant Nely Mendoza is the best friend of commitment phobia boutique owner Aggie Portero. Although their lifestyles are 180 degrees apart each to a degree envies what the other has. While Nely wipes the baby clean, Aggie kicks herself for sleeping with her neighbor Kevin. Both look forward to sharing a girls’ weekend together at Venatana de Oro spa where the highly regarded Guru Sauro practices his Seekers of the Dead mumbo jumbo.

However at the spa the “grumpy Guru”, tired of their whining, believes the two best friends need a kick in the butt to learn that each lives a rich fulfilling life. He performs SWITCHCRAFT so that Aggie’s conscience resides inside Nely’s body and visa versa as Nely’s is inside that of Aggie. Now Aggie deals with Nely’s baby, her needy husband Simon, and her sarcastic mother-in-law, while Nely manages Aggie’s boutique and keeping Kevin on the other side of the fence.

Switching bodies has been used in many books and movies, but Mary Castillo makes it feels fresh because the audience obtains a deep introspective look inside the souls of the two prime characters as Nely and Aggie learn that the grass on the other side of the fence might be brown under close inspection. The story line is amusing as each of the switcheroos struggle with living their best friend’s life. Readers will appreciate the latest New Age reincarnation of switch.

Harriet Klausner

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