I love books. I love to read them, I love to listen to them, I love to collect them, and I love to download them to my Kindle (it’s basically magic!).
I usually tend toward more “guy” types of books. Lots of swashbuckling, dragons and evil robots.
But, sometimes I end up swinging the other direction. The girly, romance-y, knitting-filled direction.
When I researched my post on Knit Lit, back in November, I found a book with a synopsis that I thought was pretty amazing:
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.
Too ridiculous not to read it, right? (and it’s only six bucks on Amazon)
I bought Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton, and read it in about two days over Christmas break.
And, you know what? It was delightful. Maybe not high literature, but really fun. It was a little chick-flick-y, a little bit of a cop story, and a little bit paranormal. And, the whole book is full of goofy little knitting jokes. The main character is introduced as she’s trying to block a particularly difficult lace shawl. She threatens people with her US15s. And, she has a magical bottomless basket of roving.
I even went on to read the second in the series, Laced with Magic, which was just as good.
If you’re looking for a new author, something a little goofy, and fun, you could do worse than the Sugar Maple Chronicles from Barbara Bretton.
Have you read anything good recently?