I really needed a light, fun read for a pick me up with all the downs I’ve had in my life the past few weeks. I didn’t feel like doing anything, much less reading. Spells and Stitches by Barbara Bretton definitely did the trick and I’m hoping I’m out of my reading funk.
Spells and Stitches by Barbara Bretton is the fourth installment in her Sugar Maple series. Her sugar maple series follows Chloe Hobbs, half human half sorceress in training who owns a knitting shop in a rural town called Sugar Maple. To most of the world, Sugar Maple is a picturesque mountain town, to the magical world it is the safe haven for vampires, werewolves and other magical creatures. It’s Chloe’s job to maintain that safe haven by being the conduit that keeps the town under protection through spells cast long ago by her ancestors. As I’ve said in the beginning of this post, this is the fourth book in the series, so if you don’t want to be spoiled you may want to read the others first and then come back.
In Spells and Stitches we are following Chloe again through a major life change. Chloe and Luke are expecting their first child. They’ve been through a lot in the past year. Finding each other, almost being torn apart, and lets not forget that ordeal with Luke’s ex and his dead daughter. Everything seems to be going haywire with Chloe, from her hormones to her magical abilities thanks to the child who’s due in less than a month. Add on top of it that an unexpected visit from Luke’s very human family and you can see how this can be nothing but trouble. Oh and there’s a troll who’s living with them that keeps on spouting nothing but doom and gloom to come. Every expectant mother’s dream right?
Barbara Bretton has managed to weave another wonderful magic tale in her latest book. It’s fun and action packed and knitters will be left smirking from the knitting references spread through out the book. This book did exactly what I wanted it to do, it was a quick fun read that picked up my spirits. So if you like cozy mysteries, mixed with fantasy, mixed with a lot of knitting references this series might be the quick light read that you need.
Those not familiar with the knitting world may get annoyed with the frequent knitting commentary and role your eyes in its silliness, but know that we knitters are a quirky bunch. There’s also a helpful dictionary at the end of the book to explain terms, along with a few knitting patterns and recipes.
Happy reading everyone!