Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Review: Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton

From "a master storyteller"(Booklist (starred review) comes more magic, knitting, and love in the delightful follow-up to Casting Spells.

Knit shop owner and sorcerer's daughter Chloe Hobbs felt the Fates finally got it right when she met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced her otherwise—including the trolls, selkies, or spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermont, home. But then out of nowhere Luke's ex-wife suddenly shows up, claiming to see the spirit of their daughter, Steffie—a daughter Chloe knows nothing about.

Steffie's spirit is being held hostage by a certain Fae leader. And if Chloe weaves a spell to free her spirit, her nemesis will also be free—free to destroy her yarn shop and all of Sugar Maple. But if she doesn't, Steffie won't be the only one spending eternity in hell. Chloe'll be joining her, cursed with a broken heart.

Received from the author for review.

I usually hate reading a sequel without having read the first as well, but this was quite good as a stand alone book and I didn't particularly miss out on my not having read the first one.

I enjoyed this subtler type of romantic fiction. It wasn't overwhelming, in your face, Harlequin romance, but a calmer, more realistic (for a magic town with magical people!) story.

The knitting references were a bit over my head for me since I'm a crocheter, but they added an interesting quality to the story. I'm sure knitters will be able to appreciate them a bit more.

This one gets seven stars. It was a cute romance with a nice blend of magic. I found it especially nice that it was set in a small Vermont town, being from New England and all. While I didn't love the book, it was a good, solid romantic read. Romance fans will certainly enjoy it.

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆


Neas Nuttiness said...

I love how you describe the romance in this book. It really makes it sound like something that I would enjoy reading.

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