Laced with Magic [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Overview

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.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Half-sorceress Chloe Hobbs and policeman Luke MacKenzie, the only humans in the sleepy Vermont town of Sugar Maple, face worldly and unearthly challenges in this sweetly charming sequel to 2008's Casting Spells. When Luke's ex-wife, Karen, shows up in town claiming that their dead daughter is trying to ask them for help, Chloe must deal with smalltown gossip and fix her relationship with Luke while she battles her old Fae enemy, Isadora, over the child's spirit and the future of Sugar Maple. Bretton seamlessly blends a playful world of eccentric and meddling supernatural creatures living in the midst of New England with a warm, natural and romantic story and just a hint of mystery. Scenes in Chloe's yarn shop and helpful knitting tips hold extra appeal for yarn aficionados while never distracting from the plot. (Aug.)

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Library Journal
Continuing her magical mystery series, begun with Casting Spells, Bretton gives half-sorceress, knitting-shop owner Chloe Hobbs her biggest challenge yet: the arrival of her human lover's ex-wife claiming to have talked to their daughter—who just happens to be dead! Ghosts, a vindictive faerie, argumentative townsfolk, and a cast of colorful creatures add charm and humor to a well-written tale rich with knitting detail and small-town flavor. It cleverly tells the story from multiple viewpoints—one chapter at a time. VERDICT Best known for excellent contemporary romance, Bretton has created a paranormal series that is both engaging and timely; for those who like their fantasy with a down-home flair. Bretton lives near Princeton, NJ.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101108734
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Sugar Maple Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 125,605
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Bretton is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of more than 40 books. She resides in New Jersey.
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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    This is a lighthearted satirical blending of a knitting cozy with a paranormal romance

    Chloe Hobbs lives in remote quiet Sugar Maple, Vermont, running the Sticks & Strings yarn shop as a half human heir to the sorcery that keeps her town safe for the paranormal inhabitants and summer tourists. However, she has upset her neighbors especially the witches and fae when she and purebred human police officer policeman Luke MacKenzie becomes lovers.

    Luke's former wife Karen arrives hysterically insisting the ghost of their deceased daughter Steffie needs their help. Simultaneously, her long time enemy Isadora the fae is CASTING SPELLS over control of the child's spirit and that of the town. Chloe's family has always protected her town so she prepares for war though this sorceress would prefer a knitting battle.

    This is a lighthearted satirical blending of a knitting cozy with a paranormal romance in a New England village fantasy (urban seems to denote a bit bigger of a community). The story line is breezy as Chloe and Luke struggle with small-town gossip and saving Steffie's spirit with a stitch and a spell. Never serious except for knitting tips, fans will enjoy Barbara Bretton's fine tale LACED WITH MAGIC of love. Chloe believes she can do anything including CASTING SPELLS with Luke at her side; however he is distracted as High Noon comes to the Green Mountain State.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Tigerpelt

    Very well i give back your nine lives. Study the warrior code well. Splashkit you done a good thing. I will keep an ye on you. We will meet once more i herd your gonna train to be a med cat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Staticbloom

    Splashkit, l am so proud of you for chosing such a noble postion! I can't wait until you are ready to become an apprentice. I love you!
    ~Staticbloom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    yes

    Another delightful get away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2011

    highly recommend

    I have read both books by this author and I have enjoyed both books. I get the feeling the author must have been a "Bewitched" fan however her books do reflect her own style. As a knitter, I just love the way she combines knitting with the center of all the action. She has a talent to keep knitting attached to whatever is going on with the characters. I also like the fact that she keeps the "sexy," parts to a minimum.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Not great

    I really enjoyed Casting Spells and was looking forward to read the next installment in this series about Sugar Maple, but was disappointed. I felt that although the ideas were there, the plot was poorly developed. The story was all over the place. I felt like we were going from one dramatic (magic) situation to another without really learning anything. I really loved the characters in Casting Spells, and found that there wasn't room for character development and supporting characters were lacking.

    The ending has left me with the impression that there will be another installment in this series, so maybe this was just filler to get us to the next novel. I hope that Ms. Bretton will pay more attention to the plot and character development to redeem this series.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Disappointing....

    After reading "Casting Spells", I was eagerly anticipating a sequel. I was disappointed with the second book. I still like the characters and the setting, but I just did not like the story line in this one. I forced myself to finish it.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    A flop

    Personally, I enjoyed the first novel a great deal. This one, however, became raunchier (a fact that I do not enjoy in books) and the plot was much more - how should I say this? - underdeveloped... to the point that nothing was believable and it seemed as if Ms Bretton was pulling things out of a hat to keep the novel going. It's simply no where near the quality I would have expected and I regret purchasing this book because now I don't know what I'm going to do with it; I only know it's not one that I'm ever likely to read again.

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