Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning Series #2)

Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning Series #2)

by P. C. Cast


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ISBN-13: 9780425227084
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Goddess Summoning Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 451,066
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

P. C. Cast is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Goddess Summoning series, the House of Night Novels, and the Tales of a New World series. She is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.

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Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 189 reviews.
Indy25 More than 1 year ago
Lina is a 43-year-old small (failing) business owner who has a list of disappointments in her life. Persephone is the selfish daughter of a god who needs to be taught a lesson by mommy-dearest, Demeter. If you are looking for a novel that pays homage to mythology, this book only skims the surface and nothing more. I was somewhat hoping for a plot that really did grapple with the rape of Persephone. It's mentioned in passing, and Cast's Hades is certainly not a god for such violence or darkness. And in a major plot flaw, we never learn why Demeter insists that Lina (Persephone) goes to the underworld. If this had been expounded upon, it would have lifted this book from the realm of lazy day romance to having real substance. With that said, this was a fun read. Nothing deep or heavy, but Cast's Hades is so charming and vulnerable, you can't help but fall in love with him along with Lina (Persephone). I highly recommend this book for what it is. (A note to B&N and the publishers--if you keep charging ridiculous prices for digital copies, we readers can and will get vicious by NOT paying for them. The internet is a big place, and it is all too easy to find free copies. *cough* )
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Tulsa, her accountant explains the error and the choices facing Carolina ¿Lina¿ Santoro and her Pani Del Goddess Bakery that she spent twenty years insuring the quality and trendiest of products. Still she owes the IRS much more than she can afford, but she detests her accountant¿s options...................................... When she has a problem, Lina bakes so that is what she does, but with a new recipe she found in an Ancient cookbook. When she follows the instructions including a prayer, Lina ends up in Olympus where Demeter offers her a deal in which the Goddess¿ daughter will switch places with her. Persephone will save the bakery while Lina brings spring to Hades and his underworld, but must not reveal the agreement or her true identity. However, Lina never expected to fall in love with Hades though she refuses to allow her feelings and future happiness to interfere with her charter of springtime for Hades and his minions.............................. Deals aside as going to Lina¿s perceived Underworld rather than selling her bakery seems inane, fans will take immense pleasure with this retelling of the classic mythological love story as casted by one of the top romantic fantasy mythologists today. The entertaining story line is brisk and filled with characters that seem real whether they are a sloppy accountant, a baker, a Roman God/Goddess, or a minion. The growing love between Hades and Lina is well designed with the complexity being her honesty split in opposite directions. However, the key to GODDESS OF THE SPRING as it was with GODDESS OF SEA is the locale feels as if we readers are witnessing the events as they unfold......................... Harriet Klausner
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
So I am not a fan of P.C. "house of night series" but someone at my job reccommended her "Goddess Series" so I decided to check it out. Found this book and was instantly attached. I love greek mythology so the first few books in his series were right up my alley. Her story is good, the characters believable and awesome. This story ended way too soon for me though, you have loved a follow up, but it is a great book that I have reccomended to many.
Steph_luvs_books More than 1 year ago
P. C. Cast is one of my favorite authors and I've read almost everything that I can find she has written. Goddess of Spring is definetly one of my favorites. What I wouldn't give to be on the receiving end of a little goddess intervention in my life!! I fell in love with this story and it's it's characters.
MereMcD More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story much more so than the Sea one. I like how the author was able to create a vivid image of the underworld, without getting into mundane decscriptions that are often seen in Old English Literature where it takes 4-5 paragraphs to explain what color a blade of grass is, instead the underworld was painted with a diverse view. Also, the wrap up at the end was much better and less anti-climatic than book #1.
ra7_78 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
One of the best books I've read. I loved it! If you like romantic fantasy, I recommend this book. I had the mass market and when it was released in trade, I went out and bought the trade for my library. Most of the books I read, I don't keep. This one is a keeper!
thekaisu on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I've never been interested in reading PC Cast books before, but now I've changed my mind. This book changed it. It has such a nice blend of romance and fantasy all rolled into one that you can't stop reading and finding out what happens next.And I won't probably look at Hades the same way again after reading this book. He'll forever be the Sexy, Sexy Batman, like what Lina would say.I love how this book showed Hades not just as a God, but someone who feels, someone who can fall in love and get hurt as well. That touch of humanity in a God, making mistakes and making up for it, PC Cast has successfully shown what it would be like.I guess that it just goes to show that for mortals and gods, falling in love is the same. It's complicated, sometimes you get hurt, and
reneebooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The heroine Lina owns an Italian bakery called Pani Del Goddess in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As the book opens she has just been informed by her accountant that due to his mistake she now owes the IRS a big chunk of change. After firing him she walks away with thoughts of how she is going to increase her sales so she does not lose her business. Lina decides she needs a fantastic new recipe to expand her menu to make more money. So she visits a UBS (my kind of gal) and takes home a stack of Italian cookbooks. In one very old cookbook entitled The Italian Goddess Cookbook she finds a wonderful recipe for pizza that also involves a chant to summon the Goddess of the Harvest, Demeter. When she finds herself face-to-face with the goddess, Lina is understandably stunned (who wouldn't be).Demeter proposes to Lina that if she will swap bodies with her daughter Persephone for six months, Demeter will fix all Lina's business problems. Demeter feels that Persephone is not mature enough to take her place with Hades, God of the Underworld. So Lina agrees and finally finally the reader meets Hades when Lina (in Persephone's body) descends to the Underworld. I really dislike when a major character takes too long to make an appearance. So when the hero Hades doesn't show up until chapter 6, I found myself getting extremely twitchy (i.e. irritated).The biggest problem I had with this book was the sagging middle. Nothing very much happens (at least nothing I cared about) between the first 1/4 and the last 1/4 of the book. There were lots of descriptions of the beautiful lakes, flowers, streams, and forests, but I prefer much more dialogue. There was a scene where Hades and Lina hold court with his underworld subjects, but it was a big yawn to me.I liked both Lina and Hades. Lina had a wonderful way with animals and I enjoyed how she could tame any fierce or scary beast, like the three-headed dog and Hades' magnificent horses. Hades was a yummy hero and a thoroughly romantic figure. But unfortunately good characters didn't save this book for me. To top it off, I really disliked the ending. No spoilers here, you'll have to find out for yourself. Those of you who love fantasy will probably like this one better than I did. (Grade: C+)
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I'm always on the look out for romance novels based on the Persephone myth. Thus far, this is the best one I've come across. It has an interesting twist that refreshes the myth without straying too far from tradition. The portrayal of Hades is, for me, spot on -- and that's really what I most care about. In addition, there's plenty of romance and magic going on, adding up to a very satisfying read. I'm not a huge fan of P.C. Cast, but this particular book is definitely one of my favorites.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing 8 months ago
With a B.A. in Latin, I more or less have to read anything that's a reworking of a Graeco-Roman myth. I found this to be a fun read, which raised only one objection: Demeter's insistance that she would never allow her daughter to be raped, even by a god. The problem is that in myth, Persephone was carried off by Hades with the full permission of Zeus, her father. In ancient Greece, that might as well be a wedding: the father had given his permission, the mother and daughter's interests were irrelevant, and the only weird bit was that he snatched her out of a field without warning. In praising how P.C. Cast salvages "misogynist" myths, too many people lose track of the fact that this story wasn't misogynist, it was a mythic look at the grief and powerlessness of mothers and daughters torn away from each other.
dianah2o on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Aside from having some of my favorite covers in romance, P.C. Cast's stories are becoming my must-buys. Goddess of Spring, so far, is by far my favorite.How do you convince your readers to fall in love with Hades? Yeah, Hades. He's the hero. When I read the back blurb, I was really curious. This isn't the usual hero fodder. But, as I said, I love P.C. and I knew if anyone could pull it off, it was her.Goddess of Spring is about an Italian bakery owner -Carolina (Lina) - who, by mystical circumstances, trades places with the Goddess Persephone, who is being sent into the Underworld to "vacation" with the God Hades. Oh, what a hero! I sing for thee Hades. The colorful Underwold was beautifully done. It's impossible not to fall in love with this story.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 9 months ago
very enjoyable story about a woman who exchanges places with Persepone to go to the underworld and meet and deal with Pluto.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The goddess of spring is just one more in the goddess series that makes you feel the inner goddess within pc cast has done it again leaving us with feeling of love and light we laugh and cry and these characters work there way into our heart a Tru story teller of olde
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my 3rd time reading this book, in one of the chapters Lina says love isn't loving the body it's the soul. Thus book is funny and romantic. It's a great read.
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So far I've only read her house of night series, which I love. But this book really got my attention from the moment that I started reading it. The characters I fell in love with, and I was really disappionted when it was over. So far it is my fav! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had exactly what I was looking for. The auther has a wonderful writing style that is easy to follow, and flows well. Hades was different from how I imagined him but I found that prefered this vision then the others. He wasn't overly depressing or cruel. Instead he felt... real.
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rbwifeuscg More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful twist on the old tales. I love anything gods goddesses and this series has been a fun read. I am not generally a romance reader but thankfully the story line is so much more. Thank you PC Cast for a great and fun refreshing story line love it!
Darkhellia More than 1 year ago
I actually got this book for the library but I would love to own a copy for myself. I started reading it today around 11am and I could not put it down at all, I finished it about an hour and a half ago, so about 4 hours it took me to finish. I have also read Goddess of the Rose, Goddess of the Sea, Goddess of Legend, Goddess by Mistake, Warrior Rising, Immortal Love Stories With Bite, and books 1 through 7 of the House of Night series. I hope to own all P.C. Cast's books. I own books 1 through 8 of the HON Series and Elphamie's Choice as well as the Fledgling Handbook 101.
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I LOVE this book. It was one of the most touching stories of her work. It is my absolute favorite.
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