Casting Spells

Casting Spells

by Barbara Bretton

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ISBN-13: 9780425223642
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Sugar Maple Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Casting Spells (Sugar Maple Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books! With its quirky cast of characters and magical themed love story, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Along with ' Laced with magic' and 'Spun by sorcery' this has become my favorite series to date! I can't wait for the forth book to come out.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sugar Maple is a small town in Vermont. A small town with a secret, it's inhabited by paranormal creatures and it's one half-human inhabitant is it's mayor, Chloe Hobbs. She doesn't have any magic, the family spell book has gone missing and she's worried, as are the rest of the town as a sudden death seems to suggest that her ancestor's spell that protects the town and it's inhabitants is failing.The death has complications as the person who died was a senator's paramour. This town has never needed police before and Luke MacKenzie is sent in to investigate. Chloe and Luke find themselves very attracted, but will her fallin in love with him put the town at more risk?Chloe also owns Sticks and String a knitting shop, and the details about the knitting and yarn is just so close to reality that it brought a giggle to my lips a few times. Particularly about stash and price of yarn and the sheer effort it takes to block lace, which is in the opening schene of the book.I liked the book, it combined two of my favourite themes, knitting and paranormal with humour. I look forward to reading more in this series!
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sugar Maple, Vermont is a cozy, picturesque town that is populated entirely by magical beings. The town is under the protective spell of a sorceress who lived 200 some years ago, and will remain that way as long as there is a female descendent living in the town who possesses the elusive Book of Spells. There is no police force because there is no crime, and noone dies in Sugar Maple either. The problem is that the only female descendent is Chloe, who is half-human and appears to have no magical abilities at all and, worst of all, does not know where the Book of Spells is hiding. The villagers are worried because the town's protective spell appears to be wearing off, especially when a human tourist is found murdered, and the state government decides to send a detective to investigate this most unusual of towns. This story was a little bit of cozy mystery, a lot of paranormal goings on, and had a romance as well. Also, Chloe is a knitter and owns a charming knitting shoppe. It was light-hearted and fun, and easy to read, which was perfect because I read it while I was sick and not wanting to delve into anything requiring more effort.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sugar Maple, Vermont is a very special small town. Many of its¿ inhabitants have been living there, literally for hundreds of years. Chloe Hobbs owns the towns knitting store and acts as mayor to the outside world, her status as being half-human helps with outside dealings. The town¿s first murder in, well, ever, brings a very human police officer, Luke Mackenzie to town. The good people of Sugar Maple are somewhat divided about Chloe¿s growing feelings for Luke, but she must continue the Hobbs line or the town¿s protective shield will eventually weaken and disappear. Bretton weaves a very nice story, I enjoyed it very much, a fun read for this time of year.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book deserves five stars for no other reason than my non-fiction only best MALE friend loved it! After his answering my endless questions about the yarns and such being discussed I recommended he read it himself since knitting is one of his favorite things.I thoroughly enjoyed the book myself!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chloe Hobbs owns a knit shop in Sugar Maple, Vermont. She is looking for a good man, but is beginning to despair of ever finding the one for her. Luke MacKenzie is a Boston cop who wants to return to small town life. Since this a romance novel, they should be made for each other. But Sugar Maple is not the typical small town, and there are problems.A light paranormal romance that won't make fantasy readers flee.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sugar Maple, Vermont is not all that it appears to be, and no one knows that better than Chloe Hobbs, the only human (well, half-human) resident among witches, vampires, and all those other creatures of fairy tale ilk. Chloe's ancestor put a protection spell on the town to keep it safe and away from prying eyes as long as a female of her line exists. Chloe, still single at 30, knows that the spell is failing when a visitor is murdered. She suddenly has a lot on her plate when Luke, a cop from Boston, shows up to solve the murder.Told in alternating narratives from Luke and Chloe's perspectives, the story is told in a chatty style, mixing gentle romance, cozy mystery, and a bit of the paranormal thrown in. Details about knitting are added at the end, and almost made me want to take it up myself. A nice, light book for reading curled up in a blanket, especially with the wintry Vermont setting.
witchy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OH! This was a GREAT Story! LOL Just like I thought it would be. A fast read, pretty much what you expect with a light hearted love story. I really like the way the author wrote in the first person and I really enjoyed the knitting references. lol @ self, didn't understand half of them, but still like it :)But it was little things like this:I handed out goodie bags of knitting gadgets and yarn samples and smiled at the oohs and ahhs of appreciation. Welcome to the dark side, ladies. Before long they would need an extra room to house their stash.LOL That's the truth with all the knitters/seamstress/etc that I know out there. (embroidery hobbiest, quilt makers) I admit, that at one time, I was collecting material and embroidery thread, and it kept growing and growing :D am glad to keep it in my collection. (and will diffidently look forward to her next one, that comes out next week)
glitrbug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely romance without the soft porn so many books include. Other than that, the book has it all ; beautiful men and women, magic, fae, vampires, glitter, knitting, a murder and a disfunctional family.
ovistine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Half-sorceress half-human Chloe Hobbs is the owner of a knitting shop in Sugar Maple. There's a bit of pressure on her to fall in love and have kids, because the protective spell over the town relies on a woman in her family refreshing the spell, and she's the last one. Enter Luke MacKenzie, tall, dark, and human, who comes to Sugar Maple to investigate a mysterious death. All in all, the writing's not solid enough to make the story leap off the pages, the descriptions aren't clear enough to keep the images in mind, and the only character I cared about got some pretty rough treatment. I won't be bothering with any sequels, and this one isn't going to make my re-read list.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this a 5 bec. I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if that's how we're supposed to be rating things but it's my way. I would also recommend it. Witches where Chloe owns sticks and strings, a murder, a non-psychic cop comes to investigate the town with no crime, no records, no police. clever
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sugar Maple, Vermont is the home of one of the best knitting shops in New England and that shop is owned by Chloe Hobbs, the mayor of the town and the only human resident. That's right, Sugar Maple is home to every kind of creature to ever populate a Grimm or other fairytale. A protective spell cast by Chloe's ancestor protects the town by making it appear to be the perfect New England day tourist destination, there is never any room in the Inn, literally. But the spell is slipping and one of these tourists ends up dead. This brings unwelcome attention to the town and the state sends in a policeman to temporarily serve until the town can hire one of their own. Now it is up to Chloe to keep the town's secret from this policeman, who, needless to say is a hunk that she finds irresistable. At the same time, she is fighting a battle to keep the town from the clutches of truly nasty fairy.I enjoyed this bit of paranormal fluff. It is chick lit with designer yarn instead of designer shoes. The town is "Bewitched" on steroids with vampires and other creatures who are just regular folks, for Sugar Maple anyway. The romance is sweet, not sweaty. It is set around Christmas time and is a nice winter nights read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got a little draggy in the middle but i enjoyed the book and the characters are very unique
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May I join please? I am 13 moons. I can have an apprentice if you have any kits waiting to be 'paws!
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Read Charmed by author and loved it so was hooked. This book did not disappoint. On to the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just finished reading "casting spells" and i loved it, it has a wonderful plot, magic of course, the right amount of fun and drama, AND it is a book i can pass along to my granddaughter without any worries. i just purchased "laced by magic" book #2 and cant wait to get started, i may have a favorite new author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the easy read coupled with the knit shop. calming series.
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MissKittyLL More than 1 year ago
The town of Sugar Maple and knitting shop owner Chloe Hobbs will pull you in from the very first page. The kooky fantasy characters are well imagined and yet believable too. It reminded me of the TV show Northern Exposure, only with witches and vampires. I think even a non-fantasy reader would enjoy the story.
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