Tongue-in-cheek humor lifts this weird but fun hybrid, part knitting cozy, part paranormal romance, from romance veteran Bretton (Just Desserts). After a classy. Casting Spells By Barbara Bretton – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. Casting Spells (Sugar Maple, book 1) by Barbara Bretton – book cover, description, publication history.
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Preview — Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton. Sugar Maple looks like any Vermont town, but it’s inhabited with warlocks, sprites, vampires, witches and an ancient secret. She’s a sorcerer’s daughter in search o Magic. She’s a sorcerer’s daughter in search of Mr. Paperbackpages. Published November 4th by Berkley Trade first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Casting Spellsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I went into this one think it was a cozy mystery, but it focused on the romance more then the mystery and so this is a paranormal cozy mystery romance. It had a verity of paranormal elements with a dash of mystery and spark of magic.
I liked the portal the author did on the picture-perfect town.
A place for them to live protected from the outside world. Chloe is the last of her line.
Her family cast a spell to protect the village a long time ago and as long as their is a female descendant inhabiting the village the town is protected. I enjoyed the story. They where all against her, blame her for something she has no control over at least at this point in her life, but what really got to me was her friends.
It was sad to see her friends not support her seplls it was upsetting to see the town not have faith in her. The side mystery on who killed one of the visitors to the town and who is out to get Chloe was ok. I I had a feeling on who the evil villain would be. That trope is a turn off for me and irks me. Apr 13, Kelly H. Maybedog rated it liked it Shelves: Two and a half stars. First off, this book was recommended to me by some list somewhere because I like knitting and I like modern fantasies.
Well, that’s all true but it really is a romance. I have never liked romances because I need more of a plot than castinv whether they’ll get together since they always do anyway.
Despite that, I actually enjoyed this one. The plot isn’t particularly complex but it kept me going. The writing style is easy and fluid and the book is a quick read despite being o Two and a half stars.
The writing style is easy and fluid and the book is a quick read despite being over pages I read it brethon one sitting, not even any breaks. It’s predictable but the conversational tone of the protagonists and the silliness of the situation made it pleasurable enough to stick with. My main complaint is the jumping back and forth between the two lovebirds.
I would have preferred the book stick with one or the other.
If you like romances as well as knitting and urban fantasy, you’ll probably enjoy this. If you want something that will stick to your ribs, look elsewhere. Dec 24, Marie rated it did not like it Shelves: I passed over this book twice in the library: It caught my eye when I pulled it from the new collection first, and then again when I was shifting the fiction section.
When I finally went back and checked it out, I had high hopes. Romance can work, and magic is almost always fun, right? This book isn’t even powerful enough to make it a wall-banger. I still couldn’t finish, but more out of exasperation than any passionate hatred. But it I passed over this book twice in the library: But it was bad enough that even though the whole experience was more than a couple months ago at this point, I simply can’t let it go without at least talking it out. Casting Spells is a book about blonde don’t forget Chloe Hobbs and her magical knitting shop, in her magical town, with her magical friends, where nothing bad, especially crime, ever happens.
And then together they will fall in love and solve the mystery. Or is it the other way around? I didn’t quite get that far. Well, first I have to introduce the main character’s knitting shop with a quote from the book: Blog posts about the magical store in northern Vermont where your yarn never tangles, your sleeves always come out the same length, and you always, always get gauge were popping up on a daily basis, raising both my profile and my bottom line.
What a way to make me resent your character. Knitting is perfectly easy if you have magic! I don’t have magic thank you very much, and dangnabbit, that’s just not fair.
Casting Spells (Sugar Maple, #1) by Barbara Bretton
I’m not sure I am. And this supposedly has a side of murder-mystery to its romance, so of course the male lead is an out-of-town cop who also has to comment on the heroine’s shop: Her shop was a top link on websites and blogs from neighboring New Hampshire to Malaysia with all stops in between.
Okay, so maybe it was like reading Sanskrit apparently knitters had their own languagebut I was able to translate enough to know Chloe’s shop was something special Which quite fortuitously leads me to point number two especially since, well seriously, “hearing loss”??? Yes, the story is told in alternating first person.
I’ve found I’m a little iffy on first person in the best of times positive example: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellisonbut alternating first person should be forbidden on pain of death. Okay, so I think many things should be forbidden on pain of death, but fortunately I’m not in charge of these things, nor will I ever be. Because when it’s used, especially in romance you get gems like these: Like never would I be attracted to a lady like that in a million, zillion years.
Sure, I believe him. Bretton, talk to your publishers. If she’s observing that he doesn’t act attracted to her on a physical level, that’s fine.
But when he does it? It’s an occupational hazard. Noticing details about a woman’s appearance was part of a detective’s job description.
It didn’t mean anything. Not even if brettonn cop in question found himself standing there with a stupid grin on his face. These two characters switch viewpoints several times a chapter but only after the first fifty pages or something so it’s only a matter of hours from “totally not my type” to “omg hawtness”.
Actually, if the alternating first person were between Chloe and her “best friend” whatshisname–call him Elf, because he is, naturally–it might have worked. Because Chloe’s been stringing him along since forever, as all male, non-gay best friends must be in love with the main character, and I would like to have seen him get with some nice girl of his own in a real relationship based on something more than lust.
Maybe that happened later in the book? But not from his point of view. No, we get Luke’s, so we can see everything twice. Wait, I haven’t gotten to the squicky yet. That poor Chloe, from a long line of witches, has no magic herself but was raised by the village. Except her family line at least the women And she has to give birth to a girl by thirty-five or something to keep the spell going.
Or get magic spelsl, idk. But the locals totally raised her out of the goodness of their hearts and just love her so much. At that point, I really did feel badly for Chloe. In that whole setup she’s definitely the victim, and brettonn so-called saviors are only exploiting her.
But was this explored?
Well, not in the part I read. She never questioned anything they’d done. But she does tell Luke about her parent’s death, and of course this changes him. See, he’s a cop in case you forgot–didn’t I tell you that it was important?!