Saturday, August 11, 2018

Book Review ~ Enchanted: The Wedding Story (Sugar Maple, Book #5) by Barbara Bretton #SugarMaple

Enchanted: The Wedding Story (The Sugar Maple Chronicles - Book 5)Enchanted: The Wedding Story by Barbara Bretton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

So here we are, two years and one baby daughter later, about to get married. They say nothing good comes from unions between mortals and magicks, but Luke and I are determined to prove them wrong.

But a beautiful antique ring may hold the key to a promise that could tear us apart forever.

My Review:

We have finally arrived at the much-anticipated wedding of Chloe and Luke. Sugar Maple is all abuzz as mystical creatures and regular humans come together to prepare the town of Sugar Maple. Of course, most of the humans don’t really know who they are consorting with but that’s for the best. As the time until the magical (pun intended) day dwindles, Chloe’s stress level has hit the ceiling. On top of the normal pre-wedding events, her well intentioned soon-to-be mother in-law drops a bomb that shakes Chloe to the core. Chloe also finds a ring, much too large for her dainty fingers, in a box of memories. Said ring, when placed on her finger magically cinches down to the point that she cannot remove the jewelry. Then it starts to glow and blink.

Something sinister is about to descend on Sugar Maple and Chloe and Luke may never see their happily ever after.

I enjoyed Enchanted: The Wedding Story. As with all stories in the Sugar Maple series, there are complications, generally involving the magical folks. This story, however, has complications involving both the magical beings and the human beings. The book was fun to read and had very suspenseful and emotional parts. A long ago made promise threatens to derail the marriage between Chloe and Luke. Chloe learns something from her mother-in-law that has Chloe both yearning and scared. Both situations are emotional and realistic.

This book is well written. The plot is smooth and flows evenly and there is humor and conflict. All of the characters are well developed and enjoyable. I highly recommend the series and that you start from book 1. There is enough backstory provided throughout the book, but everything would make more sense to the reader if the series was started from the beginning and read in order. Lovers of the paranormal will enjoy this unique story and setting.

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