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Book Review: Casting Spells (The Sugar Maple Chronicles Book 1) by Barbara Bretton

Casting Spells (The Sugar Maple Chronicles Book 1)
by Barbara Bretton
December 15, 2017
Pages: 324
Welcome to Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple may look like your postcard-perfect Vermont town but that’s where the similarity ends. Our librarian is a beautiful Norwegian troll. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. The Sugar Maple Inn is owned by Fae while the werewolves keep our hardware store well-stocked. For centuries we have been home to house sprites, witches, selkies, spirits, shapeshifters, and elves.

And who could forget Forbes, our lovable Mountain Giant?

I’m Chloe Hobbs, the half-human/half-magick owner of Sticks & String, the most popular knit shop in New England, where your yarn never tangles, you always get gauge, and the knitter sitting next to you only comes out after dark. And did I mention that I’m almost thirty, single, and with no prospects in sight? My friends and neighbors have been casting spells to help me find Mr. Right but so far their efforts have been all wrong.

Who'd have guessed I'd find my soulmate in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating Sugar Maple's very first murder? Bad news is he's 100% human which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal woman like me--in love, in danger, and in way over my head.

Chloe comes from a long line of women filled with powerful magick, but she is half human and doesn’t have a lick of magick. She owns a very popular knitting store, Sticks & String which takes up the majority of her time. Her friends and neighbors are all some type of supernatural beings and their goal has been to find Chloe Mr. Right. When the town’s first murder happens, a cop is sent to town to investigate and he’s completely human. When Luke arrives in Sugar Maple he finds a cute New England town, but his cop instincts are screaming that it seems too picture perfect. When he meets the town mayor, Chloe he is drawn to her like he never imagined possible.

Sugar Maple sounds like the type of town I would love to visit, magick and all. The supernatural occupants each bring an added flavor to the town that makes it both charming and alluring. The story is filled with quirky people, humor and a story that will bring a smile to your face.

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About the Author:
In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn't believe it either if it hadn't happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes. 

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance! 

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

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