Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

Summary from Goodreads:
Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline. 

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.

4 Stars

Read July 2013

YA Fairy Tale/Library Book

My Review:
This was a much more in depth book than I was expecting.  This story followed the main characters through many lows and a few highs that covered quite a bit of time and much space in the land of Anglund.

Chocolate played a large roll in this story.  Mmmm...chocolate.  It was an interesting legend about the chocolate and where it came from.  Also, I liked the relationship the main character had with cows.  Cows seem much sweeter to me now.  Mainly, I liked the lead character and her determination.  She found herself broken, many times.  However, she had moments of being so strong and thoughtful.  

There was romance in this book, but in an interesting way.  The main character started by being so lowly and unwanted that she never thought she would marry.  And, at one point in the book, there were 3 men that would have married her.

This was a new and interesting fairy tale.

Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sensuality, Homosexual characters (although very briefly mentioned, not a major part of the book)

I would let my 15 year old read this book.   

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