26 April 2010

"Laced with Magic" by Barbara Bretton

Laced with Magic (Sugar Maple, #2) Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton

Genre: romance, mystery, paranormal
On my TBR list?: no

Book 2 of a series (release date for book 3 unknown)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

This novel is the follow-up to Barbara Bretton's Casting Spells and it has more "meat" to it. Since the business of getting the boy and girl together was taken care of in the first book, we could move on to throwing a few troubles their way and seeing how they handle them. Although I classified this as a romance, there are elements of the fantasy and cozy mystery genres mixed in.

The tone reminds me of the TV show Bewitched. The danger that Chloe faces doesn't feel as threatening as what you would find in a Sookie Stackhouse novel or even the last installment of the Harry Potter series. Chloe's neighbors are all kooky characters that mix the supernatural with the suburban and I would love to spend more time with them in another book or a TV series.

Fair warning for those like me who hate to wait: this book has a cliffhanger ending, and as of 24 Apr 2010 I couldn't find any information about a release date for the next book in the series.

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