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Series: Sugar Maple #1
Published by Berkley on November 4th 2008
Genres: fantasy, paranormal
Source: the library
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Magic. Knitting. Love. A new series and a delightful departure by the USA Today bestselling author of Just Desserts.
Sugar Maple looks like any Vermont town, but it's inhabited with warlocks, sprites, vampires, witches and an ancient secret. And Chloe Hobbs, owner of Sticks & String, a popular knitting shop, has a big secret too. She's a sorcerer's daughter in search of Mr. Right and she's found him 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 her.
I saw a review of this book on another blog – sorry, original blogger, I didn’t save the post – and since I’m an obsessive knitter & obsessed with vampires, witches, fairies, and the like, I immediately requested the book from inter library loan.
You all saw my huge library pile I got last week, this book was in it. Well, it was the first one to be picked up from the stack (even though I was reading 3 other books at one time), and I absolutely laughed out loud – literally made my cat cross eyed with me – from the very first page. Obviously Bretton was sincere in her desire to make a GOOD knitting fiction book; it’s been done before, but usually the knitting references are done in passing, and it’s obvious the writer has no real connection to knitting (an exception is The Shop on Blossom Street, by Debbie Macomber). The addition of paranormal elements made me just giddy. There’s a bit of romance, which I’m not a huge fan of, but the book is so well written, I felt myself rooting for the relationship between Chloe & Luke all the same.