Tessa doesn't believe in magic...but magic believes in Tessa.
With her father missing suspiciously and her old life destroyed, Tessa Andrews is determined to pick up the pieces and forge ahead. If only their borrowed house didn’t shake and rumble as if haunted, but her luck can’t be all bad, can it? Tessa gets an urgent call for help one night from crusty old Professor Brandard, one of the people on her charity meals route. She dashes over, only to find the house in flames and the professor gone. A handsome young man steps out of the ashes to request her assistance, claiming to be the professor and a Phoenix wizard. She not only has to believe in him but in magic, for an ancient evil is awakening and it will take the two of them, plus a few shady friends, to face it. The late, great wizard desperately needs to get his mojo back because the rejuvenation ritual has gone horribly wrong and only if Brandard regains all his magic do they stand any chance of defeating this deadliest of perils.
From Publishers Weekly July 30, 2018 Hanover skillfully launches her first series with a delightful contemporary fantasy set in Richmond, Va. College student Tessa Andrews is a lifelong misanthrope still struggling to recover from the disappearance of her father, a gambling addict who vanished along with all the family’s money. When her cantankerous neighbor Professor Brandard’s house burns down, Tessa is abruptly pulled into a hidden world of magic, mystery, and mayhem. Professor Brandard is a phoenix wizard, reborn into a younger body by his death in the fire, and he needs Tessa’s help to regain his magic—both for his own sake and because a great evil is coming. Along the way, Tessa makes and loses new friends, and discovers her own connection to magic as well as magic’s connection to her missing father. Though comfortably nestled in familiar tropes, this clever romp delivers strong characters and a heartfelt tone that will charm fans of the genre. (Sept.) https://www.publishersweekly.com/9780756414344