The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna: A warm and uplifting romance

Welcome back to the labyrinth everyone! I was gracious enough to be approved for an advanced copy for Sangu Mandanna’s latest novel, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches and I loved it so much! It has my favourite trope, found family, and that immediately made me love this. It’s being published today, so make sure to go order your copies!


A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family—and a new love—changes the course of her life.

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules… with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos “pretending” to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.

But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and… Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.

As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for…


Rating – 4.5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

An absent archaeologist, a housekeeper, a librarian, a gardener, a retired actor, and three unlikely witches. As backstories went, it was one of the weirdest Mika had ever heard.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a warm hug in a book! A perfect autumn read, it’s super cozy and reading it in Halloween is the cherry on the top. So what’s the book about? It’s about Mika Moon, who’s summoned to the Nowhere House to train three young orphaned witches navigating through secrets and lies and definitely, a certain librarian who’s too handsome for his own good.

I first came across this book when Tasha Suri blurbed it—I didn’t give it much if a thought back then. But after reading and loving the author’s middle grade series, I just knew I couldn’t miss this book! So let’s get into why I loved this book and why I think that you would too.

Reading the book, I felt so warm and fuzzy inside. Sangu Mandanna weaves a story that’s both found family with a romance plot while also keeping the fantasy element, which I found really unique and lovable! My favourite part of the book is hard to say—everything about it felt equally special and I just can’t seem to pick one choice! Same goes to the characters.

The banter between the characters are one of the things that I loved reading! Be it Ian, Jamie, Mika, Primrose, or the kids—it was realistic and beautiful. The little moments when the characters realise how much they love their family is truly the most precious and so, so wonderful to read. I said it one and I’ll say it again; Sangu Mandanna’s found family trope is so unique and definitely worth dying for.

So if you love adult rom-coms that aren’t entirely romance oriented, with a touch of potion magic, then I recommend to you, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna because this is absolute delight to read! Take my word, you will not be disappointed!

about the author

Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.



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