Laced with Magic

Laced with Magic

by Barbara Bretton

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ISBN-13: 9780425227527
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Series: Sugar Maple Series , #2
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(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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Laced with Magic (Sugar Maple Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. Every time I started to get lost in the story I'd suddenly get completely confused. You have to read slowly and pay attention to every chapter change because everything is a first person narrative, but from three different characters. The ending was a shock.
cinnleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LACED WITH MAGIC by Barbara Bretton was a beautifully light tale of magic and romance. I¿m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up LACED WITH MAGIC, but this book exceeded that. The story was fantastic, the suspense full and captivating, and to top it all off the romance was completely delicious. If you¿re looking for a good Romance with a nice touch of magic, LACED WITH MAGIC is it.Readers were first introduced to Chloe, part sorceress and knit shop owner, in Bretton¿s first book, Casting Spells. Now, in LACED WITH MAGIC we find Chloe still managing her knit shop and her romantic relationship with the hunky Officer Luke. If only he weren¿t a human, life would be so much easier! Finally accustomed to Chloe¿s fits of magic, Luke has managed to find a place for himself in the magical town of Sugar Maple. Many accept him, some tolerate him. Regardless of their feelings about Luke, all want him to hurry up and get Chloe pregnant already. Chloe¿s ancestors are the key to upholding the spell that protect Sugar Maple and if Chloe leaves the realm without providing a female heir to carry on the protection, Sugar Maple will be lost.With pressure growing to protect the town, Chloe has a lot on her plate and really doesn¿t need any more. Of course, right at that point we meet Karen, Luke¿s ex-wife. Spouting stories of hearing her dead daughter¿s voice on her cell phone and seeing her in the playground, Karen hunts Luke down and pleads for his help. Anyone that has experienced a new relationship will know that having the focus of the old relationship in close proximity usually leads to some form of drama. Chloe and Karen certainly don¿t disappoint. While the three try to figure out the relationships among them, a darker force is gaining power in Sugar Maple. If Chloe can¿t gain control of her powers and banish this force forever, Sugar Maple will surely fall.Bretton wrote a really fantastic story. This isn¿t necessarily an epic story or a dark thriller. I wouldn¿t place it with Lord of the Rings although the magic and romance do come close at some points. LACED WITH MAGIC is different in that it isn¿t very dark. The book has a very light, ethereal quality to it. Perhaps it¿s the way Bretton instilled humor in the form of Chloe and her magical mishaps, or Karen and her fairly bratty attitude. Maybe it¿s the way she gives all of her characters some sort of realistic quality. Midge the vampire is short and chubby with a perm that might make you cringe. Bretton creates a world where although it is highly magical and supernatural, we could actually visualize driving through on a quiet Sunday morning and being none the wiser. The characters in LACED WITH MAGIC were just wonderful and really helped to make the book something special. LACED WITH MAGIC is riddled with suspense and tension and could easily have become dark and bogged down. Instead, the characters kept the feel of the book fairly upbeat and added life to the story. These are characters that I would love to know. Normally, a story is a story and although I may get a ton of enjoyment out of it, it¿s still just a great story written by a talented author. In this case, I fell in love with Bretton¿s characters. It¿s obvious that Bretton puts a lot of love into her writing and developing her characters. From just having read LACED WITH MAGIC and experiencing Bretton¿s storytelling, I would immediately and without question pick up any of Bretton¿s other past or future works.Finally, I love how Bretton instilled the book with knitting tidbits. Chloe owns the knit shop and is a voracious knitter so Bretton does throw quite a few knitting terms out there. Although I have only dabbled at knitting and crocheting myself, it¿s obvious that Bretton knows her stuff. I would warn readers however, I had to look up some of the knitting terms that Bretton uses. If you don¿t know what she¿s talking about, it¿s not really going to affect the story much so I would
bridget3420 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chloe has found her Prince Charming in Luke. She believes that they will grow old together, living happily ever after. But when his ex-wife, Karen, shows up and announces that Luke had a daughter, Steffie, who died, Chloe is literally thrown for a loop. How could Luke not tell her about this? After all, she confided in him that she's a witch in training and lives in a town full of non-humans.Circumstances beyond anyone's control keep Karen in town and in Chloe's house. As the two women get to know each other, they learn that they are kindred spirits. Not only have both women loved Luke, they also share a knitting passion.At first when Karen says that Steffie was the one who sent her to find Luke, both Chloe and Luke think Karen might have a screw loose. It soon becomes clear that Chloe's banished enemy is holding Steffie's ghost hostage.Barbara has a wonderful sense of humor and it shows with the characters she creates. Not only do I want to befriend some of the characters in her book (and knock a few others upside their heads), I want to move to Sugar Maple... A breezy yet satisfying read.
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Another delightful get away
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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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momoftwinsMM More than 1 year ago
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.
bookgirl53 More than 1 year ago
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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Rupert_My_Love More than 1 year ago
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.