Chloe Hobbs is half sorceress and half human. She is still busy learning just what powers she has and what to do with them. She owns a very successful knitting shop called Sticks & Stones and yes, this was a huge attraction for me when reading this book. I love books having anything to do with knitting. There’s a little bit of everything in this book – the paranormal, romance, and even some knitting tips and patterns in the back.
Chloe is totally in love with Luke and he with her. Luke is the completely human temporary police chief in Sugar Maple. Luckily Luke is the type of guy who hasn’t had much of a problem adapting to being surrounded by vampires, werewolves and witches, to name a few. He also seems to take being shrunk into a miniature Ken doll quite well too when Chloe gets a little crazy.
Chloe is hoping to make Luke a permanent fixture in Sugar Maple and is attempting to convince the town folk of that. All of a sudden the earth is shaking and it’s a reminder to Chloe that Isadora, the Fae leader she banished a while back is demanding attention. Meanwhile, there’s been an accident and Luke rushes out to check it out. Turns out it’s his ex-wife claiming that their dead daughter Steffie has contacted her and is trying to contact him as well. Chloe is stunned – daughter, what daughter? Luke never mentioned having a daughter and Chloe is more than a little upset.
Steffie’s spirit is being held hostage by Isadora and she isn’t letting her go until Chloe removes the banishment spells. This may seem pretty straight forward but by doing this Chloe could end up losing Sugar Maple and she definitely doesn’t want to do that. However she also can’t stand the thought of a child being held forever in such an awful place. In this way she sympathizes with Luke’s ex-wife Karen. Surprisingly, Chloe ends up liking Karen and vice versa. They find they have a lot in common with each other especially knitting.
The story takes us through some twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. There were many laugh out loud moments for me in this book and I really loved the characters with Chloe definitely being my favorite. I have reserved Casting Spells at the library and intend to read it soon to get the first part of this story but I do have to say that the ending of Laced with Magic really threw me for a loop. I was not expecting the very huge twist at the end of the book and it definitely left things wide open for another book in this series. I simply can’t wait to read it and find out what happens next.
Finally, after poking around the back of the book with the knitting tips, etc.; I couldn’t resist and had to try out one of the patterns. It’s a really easy one and fun to do. I made it on bigger needles with soft baby wool so it’s very cuddly and lacy like. To finish off today I’m leaving you with a picture of it, not a great picture, but you can kind of see how it turned out. I’m going to use it as a shawl I think – a nice big, cuddly one…
I read Laced with Magic for Barbara Bretton’s blog tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion so many thanks to Dorothy for the opportunity to participate. You can visit Barbara Bretton’s website here. You can purchase Laced with Magic here in the US and here in Canada.