When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster
A Novel

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In Avening, a tiny town on the Pacific coast, it's hard not to believe in magic. This is a town where the shoes in the window always fit, where you can buy a love potion at the corner shop, and where the woods at the outskirts of town just might be the door to another world. And, of course, there's Autumn, Avening's beloved resident witch. From what's known of its mythical founding, Avening has always been a haven for people who are a little bit different, a place where they can come to discover what makes them so special.

When Autumn receives news that she's been promoted to a higher coven, she also learns she has to replace herself. But who in Avening is in tune enough with her own personal magic to take over the huge responsibility of town witch? Autumn has a list of thirteen women and men who just might have what it takes-but how can she get them to open their eyes to the magic in their lives?

This endlessly surprising and heart-warming debut is the story of coming to terms with the magical things we take for granted every day-our friends, our community, and, most of all, ourselves.


About Amy S. Foster

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The daughter of Grammy award winning producer David Foster, AMY FOSTER’s first foray into writing was coming up with some lyrics as a favor for her father, who was producing a then-unknown Josh Groban. The song “Home to Stay” made it to the record, which went on to sell over five million copies. Since then, Amy has written songs for Diana Krall, Eric Benet, Michael Buble, Destiny’s Child, and Andrea Bocelli, who performed her song at the 2006 Olympics. Amy divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
Published October 6, 2009 by Overlook. 287 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Small-town witch looks for her replacement.

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Foster's clumsy but ingratiating first novel is set in the “enchanting” little town of Avening, off the coast of British Columbia. Beyond its much-touted charm, Avening holds magic

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ForeWord Reviews

When Autumn Leaves, the title of Amy Foster’s debut novel, refers not to Johnny Mercer’s song of lost love, but to the gentle and wise witch Autumn Avening, who has been notified of a promotion and has to select her successor from a list of thirteen names.

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Foster makes an eloquent transition from songwriter to novelist in her debut novel, When Autumn Leaves.

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