Laced With Magic
My Rating: B
Most of you know I don’t normally read books about anything paranormal. You will be surprised that I read this book plus really like it. There are two reasons why I said I’d participate in this Blog Tour: One is that I’ve been a Barbara Bretton fan for quite a few years. She has never disappointed me. And two, the book’s main character, Chloe, owns a knit shop and the cover of the book with all that yarn just drew me in.
Synopsis: In addition to owning the knit shop, Chloe is the mayor of a perfect Norman Rockwell town in Vermont. Perfect is only what the outside tourists see. The residents of the town are something else. Here’s how Chloe describes them:
A tenth-generation witch owns the Cut & Curl across the street from my knit shop. The hardware store is run by the sweetest family; of werewolves you’ll ever meet. The Sugar Maple Arts Playhouse is under the direction of shapeshifters who serve as their own repertory company. Faeries keep the Inn’s restaurant fully booked, and I guess it wouldn’t surprise you to learn that the town funeral parlor belongs to a happily married couple who happen to be vampire.
And that doesn’t count the trolls, selkies, goblins, sprites, spirits, and mountain giants who call our town home.
How does Chloe fit with all these super-beings? Well, up until the past year, Chloe was 100% human. Then Luke showed up and everything changed. She fell in love and love awoke the magic inside of her. All of that story is chronicled in Casting Spells. How does Luke fit in, is another question. He is 100% human, nothing hidden in him. Luke sees and interacts with the town’s inhabitants and is quite used to it all. He’s the Chief of Police and is fitting in quite nicely.
Chloe and Luke are gradually moving ahead with their relationship when suddenly Luke’s ex-wife shows up. She’s been getting messages and cell phone calls from their little girl who has been dead for two years. It seems that a certain Fae leader, an enemy of Chloe’s, is holding the little girl’s spirit hostage. What happens after this can affect Chloe and Luke’s relationship as well as that of the entire town.
Why I Like It: Barbara Bretton is a first rate storyteller. She did not disappoint me in this book even with all the unusual creatures. The thing is, the book was never creepy. I think what made the difference for me was Ms. Bretton’s sense of humor. It wasn’t the kind of humor you have when telling a joke. The story is told in the first person by Chloe, Luke and the ex-wife. They are all human (well, Chloe is half human) but they are looking at this unusual sub-world with an attitude of “I’d better laugh or I’ll just be screaming.” It’s that kind of humor. The whole thing comes across very well.
After the end of the story the author has supplied a real bonus for knitters. There are eight small essays or patterns about knitting. By the end of the story I had tears in my eyes and the first little essay is on her mother’s argyle socks and it kept my tears going.
About the Author: Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries. Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books. You can visit Barbara Bretton at her website: www.barbarabretton.com