Sugar Maple, Vermont is the picture
perfect town. It has no crime, no police force, and no
human residents. Well, almost none. Chloe Hobbs, owner of
the popular knitting shop, Sticks & Strings, is the only
human living in Sugar Maple. Sheís also the daughter of a
sorceress and holds the townís very future in her hands.
When the spell protecting the town from harm begins to
weaken, the town residents are out in full matchmaking force
for Chloe. Then Sugar Maple experiences its first murder
when a tourist, Suzanne Marsden is found dead. And thatís
only the beginning of the trouble.
Luke MacKenzie has been sent to Sugar
Maple to investigate the death of his childhood friend,
Suzanne. What he finds is a town that is much more than it
seems, a town filled with secrets an outsider like him isnít
supposed to uncover. Luke also finds himself deeply drawn
to the beautiful owner of Sticks & Strings. But love
between Chloe and a man whoís fully human is the last thing
the residents of Sugar Maple want to occur.
Casting Spells is an
enchantingly written yarn that captured my interest from the
very first page and didnít let go. Itís a fresh, fun,
captivating read that still puts a smile on my face when I
think of it.
Iíll be honest; I generally do not like
romances written in the first person, as I donít feel as
connected to the protagonist who isnít narrating. Yet
Barbara Bretton deftly works around this by writing the book
from both Chloe and Lukeís points of view (with clearly
labeled viewpoint changes, which I appreciate). I loved
being inside both their heads, getting to connect fully with
both hero and heroine. Both Chloe and Luke are immensely
likeable, and by writing the story in the first person, Ms.
Bretton gifts readers with insight into all their individual
eccentricities without it ever seeming forced or detracting
from the story. Put simply, Chloe and Luke felt real and
they were characters that, were they real, I would love to
As for the other residents of Sugar
Maple, the faeries, vampires, werewolves, and the like, they
were vast, varied and interesting. A town filled with
magical beings makes for some quirky incidents, and I loved
every one of them. After finishing Casting Spells
I wanted nothing more than to visit Sugar Maple, and
admittedly cursed when forced by reality to acknowledge that
I couldnít. I absolutely loved Casting Spells.
It was a fluid, fast-paced tale filled with original,
memorable characters I grew to love. This may be the first
book Iíve ever read by Ms. Bretton, but it will definitely
not be the last. Pure magick!