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Readers love to visit USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton's Sugar Maple. There's just one problem-it's fallen off the map! Chloe is always losing things-but an entire town? Just when she was about to settle down in Sugar Maple with her soul-mate Luke MacKenzie, her Fae enemy Isadora strikes, and her new hometown is gone. Even the Book of Spells, her lifeline to Readers love to visit USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton's Sugar Maple. There's just one problem-it's fallen off the map! Chloe is always losing things-but an entire town? Just when she was about to settle down in Sugar Maple with her soul-mate Luke MacKenzie, her Fae enemy Isadora strikes, and her new hometown is gone. Even the Book of Spells, her lifeline to magick, can't help her now. Just in the nick of time, her friend Janice roars up in Chloe's ancient Buick with Penny the cat and her yarn stash in tow. If she is going to save her home she has to go back to Salem, where family secrets and centuries- old feuds pull her into the fight of her life....

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ISBN : 9780425236826
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Number of Pages : 324 Pages
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Spun By Sorcery Reviews

  • CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
    2019-03-02 07:27

    This is really bordering on the 3.5 to me and that's only because Bretton introduced Samuel and we got a glimpse of Aerynn.Chloe and Luke have just defeated Isadora (literally just finished, this book starts where the other finished) and they realize that oops, the town is missing.By missing I mean gone.Ok, so here's the thing. Nothing really happened until toward the end of the book. Only "mysterious things" which did leadsomewherebut could've been used so much better.The Salem ghosts pop up only when it's convenient and even the chemistry between Luke and Chloe seemed a little (pardon the pun) lukewarm until the end. Janice wasn't as fun as usual and even Penny the cat annoyed me.Chloe alternated between whiny and stubborn or feeling helpless and actually being helpless. The whole thing just felt very 'hand of the author'. Everything happened with absolutely no subtlety and even the final battle felt rushed and only there to tie up what the author had already set in motion. It wasn't even that much of a battle.On the whole, just very disappointed with this installment and hope for a better one next time.

  • Raquel Bernardes
    2019-03-08 08:10

    O que é que aconteceu aos habitantes de Sugar Mapple? Como é que vão recuperá-la? Será que vão conseguir? Luke e Chloe perderam a vila, e agora tem que ir à procura de magia para que a vila volte novamente, e qual o melhor sitio? Salem, onde começaram a história das Bruxas. É uma viagem que nos leva à história sobre Salem. É um livro divertido, com alguns contornos hilariantes entre estes dois.http://aviciadadoslivros.blogspot.pt/...

  • Mary
    2019-03-05 03:38

    I’ve found a new series! Love it when that happens. The third in Barbara Bretton’s Sugar Maple series, SPUN BY SORCERY is a magical trip to Salem and back as half-sorceress Chloe Hobbs tries to figure out what happened to her beloved town of Sugar Maple, which seems to have disappeared right off the map. Accompanied by love-of-her-life Luke, friend Janice, and thousand-year-old cat Penny, Chloe reluctantly travels to Salem in an effort to find what magic sent her town away and what magic can bring it back. Along the way, she finds out that her honey, Luke, hasn’t spoken to his rather large family in several years, ever since the death of his wife and daughter. She didn’t even seem to realize he had such a big family or show any desire to meet them, which made me think she was a bit self-centered. However, I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt because I haven’t read the other books in this series (though I plan to!) and because they were in the middle of a crisis when they passed near Luke’s hometown. Speaking of family, she learns more about her witch-y side of the family, which helps her find the key to saving Sugar Maple and bringing it back into this world. I enjoyed the word-play of the characters. Chloe and Luke had great chemistry and truly seemed to love each other, as evidenced by both their actions and their words. There wasn’t a whole lot in the way of romance, just a quick, very tame love scene, but that didn’t diminish their connection. Janice and Penny were great additions to the story, helping add to the tension and mystery. I liked the concept of Penny as a familiar who’s been with the family since the beginning.When I first picked up this book, I had to laugh—I’ve been thinking about trying my hand at knitting and here was a book where the main character not only owned a knitting shop, she was completely obsessed with it (to the point where she was highly distressed by the fact that, not only had her town gone poof, her fiber and yarn “stash” had disappeared, too. Actually, she seemed more upset by that than anything. I thought it was funny but a knitter would probably get a huge kick out of it.). I’m taking it as a sign—guess I’m going to have to pick up some knitting needles and some yarn and see if I catch the knitting bug!The only thing I didn’t like were the shifting first person perspectives, where both Chloe and Luke took turns telling their side of the story. I’m not a big fan of this type of point of view for the mere fact that I’m easily confused. Luckily, the author did label each chapter/section, which made it a little easier but, to me, if you’re going to tell a story from multiple perspectives, I really prefer you do it using third person omniscient. But, again, that’s just my preference. Spinning in a great sense of humor and strong pinch of mystery, Barbara Bretton knits together a magical story about the power of connections, family and love. (How’s that for overuse of knitting references?) Oh, and for all you knitters out there, at the end of the book, the author includes several patterns for you to experiment with.Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

  • Tempo de Ler
    2019-03-07 10:15

    Okay...Sugar Maple desapareceu. Sim...pufff...foi-se. Ficaram apenas Chloe e Luke. Sem «família. Nem amigos. Nem comida. Nem carros. Nem casa. Nem roupas. Nem móveis. Nem gatas. Nem dinheiro. Nem documentos de identificação. Nem computadores portáteis, nem telemóveis»...bem, já ficaram com a ideia certo?!Foi assim que terminou o livro anterior desta série e foi isso que me deu ânimo para pegar no terceiro volume de uma série que não me estava a entusiasmar muito. Depois de Janice vir ao encontro de Chloe e Luke com a gata Penny e o calhambeque de Chloe, traçam colectivamente os objectivos principais: descobrir o motivo que levou Sugar Mapel a desaparecer do mapa e como a poderão recuperar...e partem todos juntos para Salem, a terra do Julgamento das Bruxas. Portanto: duas feiticeiras e uma gata ancestral estranha q. b., à solta no mundo dos humanos - seria de esperar animação e hilaridade a rodos, de facto as possibilidades eram infinitas! Mas não é o que acontece...A comicidade habitual foi-se...pufff....como Sugar Maple. Ficaram apenas umas leves tentativas de humor que não resultaram muito bem. Mesmo com os dois pontos de vista distintos a que temos acesso (Luke e Chloe), os objectivos e propósitos são os mesmos...o tema é o mesmo...e é só isso que temos. E se isto não é chato, não sei o que será!A coisa piora quando as personagens começam a repetir-se uma e outra vez num argumento que é demasiado rebuscado e recambolesco para ser interessante. Nem sequer podemos contar com as bolhinhas de oxigénio que eram as intervenções das diversas, caricatas (e loucas) personagens dos livros anteriores porque elas, repito, desapareceram. Chloe é feiticeira mas há sempre qualquer coisa que a impede de usar os seus poderes...Janice consegue transformar-se em pássaro para abrir fechaduras, projectar vídeos de vivências anteriores, praticamente ressuscita os mortos...e depois não consegue fazer as coisas mais básicas. Esta falta de coerência é irritante! E, vá lá, quantas referências a Stephen King cabem num livro deste tamanho sem parecer repetitivo?!E quando Chloe se encolhe (uma feiticeira (!) por amor de Deus!!!) e fica ali a magicar no presente e no passado em vez de se defender dos golpes só me apetecia ir lá eu e dar-lhe uns valentes cascudos!Toda a repetição de conceitos e eventos, junto com o «arrastanço» do livro começaram a irritar-me de tal forma que já não fui capaz de apreciar a conclusão da história. Terminá-lo tornou-se uma missão. Apenas. Este livro recordou-me aqueles filmes super aborrecidos de domingo à tarde que só vejo quando estou a tentar soçobrar numa bela sesta. Cheguei a divertir-me com o primeiro livro e gostei do segundo mas este último deu-me apenas uma tarde entediante, uma grande dor de cabeça e um mau humor dos diabos...{Blog} http://tempodler.blogspot.pt/2012/09/...

  • Joana
    2019-02-24 09:38

    "Sonhos Encantados" é o terceiro volume da saga de Sugar Maple, da autora por nós já bem conhecida, Barbara Bretton.Sugar Maple desapareceu enquanto Chloe lutava pela alma de Steffie, a falecida filha de Luke, o amor da vida da nossa feiticeira-em-formação e herdeira do clã de Aerynn, tendo como legado o dever de proteger a cidade onde habitam os seres mágicos.Mas, a situação foge ao controlo de Chloe, e neste livro, juntamente com Luke e a sua amiga feiticeira Janice, a última Hobbs parte em direcção a Salem, na tentativa de trazer Sugar Maple de volta.Em Salem, novos obstáculos surgem, devido à presença de Chloe, claramente indesejável, na famosa cidade que deu abriga à caça às bruxas.Mas, é em Salem que se encontram as respostas para o dilema de Chloe, e é em Salem que se encontra alguém que há três séculos espera pela chegada da última Hobbs, e que tudo faz para a ajudar."Feitiços de Amor" e "A Magia do Amor", os antecessores de "Sonhos Encantados", foram duas leituras que apreciei bastante, mas confesso que tive alguma dificuldade em "entrar no espírito" de deste último, talvez devido à estagnação presente na fase inicial do mesmo, mas, com a chegada do trio a Salem, entrei no ritmo e a leitura fluiu rápida e facilmente.O característico humor de Bretton mantém-se, assim como a ligação especial entre Luke e Chloe, embora não se mostrem tão conectados neste volume, devido ao turbilhão de acontecimentos.Depois de "Feitiços de Amor", Luke enquanto personagem estancou, não revelando nada de novo, sendo uma espécie de apêndice de Chloe. E esta, por sua vez, tem vindo a modificar-se largamente de livro para livro.Em "Sonhos Encantados" conhecemos uma Chloe derrotada e deprimida que se transforma numa autêntica guerreira.Janice, a melhor amiga de Chloe, agora melancólica devido à possível perda da sua querida e numerosa família, pensa em ficar em Salem, com Elspeth, a quem está ligada por parentesco.Elspeth que se dedica há trezentos anos a "Ele Próprio" antipatiza com Chloe desde a primeira vez que a viu, e não lhe facilita a vida com os seus comentários hostis. Mas é a velha que traz a grande novidade com que acaba "Sonhos Encantados", deixando o leitor "em pulgas" pelo quarto volume da saga.

  • C.
    2019-02-23 09:12

    This is a surreal series for adults! Volume III hits the ground running. Volume II is a cliff-hanger so I leaped into “Spun By Sorcery”. I advise savouring the former. Both concern changes of cosmic proportions. It’s helpful to take a break with a different novel. At first it lacked gusto. Other than grief over your cats and home vanishing; there was a cheesy part about rescuing wool. Stock is replaceable! Evacuating your cats, wallets, and a car are essential. It’s touching that ‘Janice’ risked being separated from her family eternally. At first I disliked progressing like a comedy film road trip and knitting cropped up more often. I loved leaving ‘Sugar Maple’ and acquainting Janice. Luke’s idea was exciting: seek old clans in Salem. Some did not migrate with Chloe’s ancestor ‘Areynn’.With a trip encumbered by magick I merely found annoying, this headed for 4 stars... until we reached Salem. Staggering discoveries and unbelievable originality soared! What becomes revealed has a wondrous impact. It’s hard to fathom there is a more arduous battle, when the last was essential. Stakes are even more vital. I was moved by a great deal of this story and held my head out a window, at the description of a knife! This series has the makings of blockbuster motion pictures. Barbara should win an award for her riveting images of a largely mental battle: revolting, excruciating, mesmerizing, and with seamless incorporation of the funniest scenes I’ve ever heard. I’ll try to do justice with a single quote.“She doesn’t like it,” one of the orbs observed. Another offered, “Any second and she’ll need a paper bag to keep from passing out!” The rest of them bounced with laughter, bumping into each other in what seemed to be the glitter orb equivalent of high-fiving”.

  • Cata
    2019-03-03 04:29

    1,5 estrelasPara quem não sabe, comecei a ler a série Sugar Marple de forma regressiva, ou seja , comecei pelo último livro da Tetrologia.Quando li Filha da Magia o meu maior receio era cair de chofre neste mundo, perder-me completamente e não conseguir gostar do livro. Isso não aconteceu e até acabei por gostar muito do livro, por isso foi com algum entusiasmo que peguei no Sonhos Encantados... E foi neste que os meus receios se tornaram realidade!O livro começa relativamente bem, percebi os primeiros capítulos até Luke e Chloe decidirem ir a Salem.. e foi aqui que os problemas começaram [para os dois lados]. Durante esta viagem somos bombardeados com acontecimentos que depois se revelam truques de mente e que me deixaram desnorteada. As transições entre realidade e ilusão foram abruptas e [para mim] desconexas, o que resultaram em quebras de ritmo de leitura, uma vez que precisava parar, voltar atrás ler de novo e/ou pensar um bocado. Esta é uma série leve, que se lê descontraidamente, mas que neste volume me forçou a estar concentradíssima para não perder o fio à meada. As únicas partes que realmente gostei no livro foram as que falavam do Samuel e Aeryn e dos pais de Chloe, o que juntas equivalem a menos de 1/4 do livro.E o final foi uma desgraça! Onde está a reacção?! Já tinha lido que o final não era grande coisa, mas conseguiu ser ainda pior do que o previsto!Percebo a intenção da autora: uns twists para não tornar o livro previsível e um final com uma revelação bombástica para nos deixar ansiosas pelo próximo volume. Mas por mais que me custe dizer, a previsibilidade e um final mas desenvolvido resultariam muito melhor.Livro lido no Blog Ring, cedido pela Tink. Obrigada*

  • Raquel Leite
    2019-03-01 11:25

    Eu não sabia bem o que esperar deste livro, queria que fosse na linha do primeiro e que não tivesse nada a ver com o segundo.Aqui Chloe "perde" a sua cidade natal e ela,Luke, e a sua amiga fazem uma viagem para descobrir como recupera-la antes que os humanos se dêem conta que a cidade turística não esta onde deveria estar. E assim é uma pequena viagem na descoberta do passado e com a descoberta de muitas coisas que pertencem a Sugar Maple e que ela mesma não sabia. Havia coisas que me atrapalhavam a leitura neste livro, como por exemplo "temos de salvar sugar Maple, o que podemos fazer? Antes que responda digo-te que a sua camisola de lã é de tricotada de uma maneira absolutamente fantástica.." não foi bem assim mas quase. As cenas viradas por tricô as vezes são incomodas e não tem fundamento nenhum. E eu até gosto do encanto do tricô do primeiro livro mas verdade seja dita aqui foi mesmo mau. Falava de tricô por tudo e por nada, bem sei que era algo da família e não sei quê, mas pronto.Gostei de Luke aqui e do seu lado mais policial, mais presente, e por vezes o seu lado sarcástico.foi melhor que o segundo, mas de facto nesta série seria melhor ficar pelo primeiro.

  • Andreia Silva
    2019-03-14 10:24

    Ainda estou tipo WTF? Odeio quando o livro acaba assim. Eu abri a boca ao ler a revelação e virei a página para continuar a ler e... nada! O livro acabava ali. E o pior é que não é só o fechar de um livro, é o fechar de uma trilogia. Achei o livro razoável. Gostei muito mais do primeiro e do segundo. Este pareceu-me sempre demasiado lento, as coisas não avançavam para o ponto fulcral. Cheguei a achar entediante. Mas a escrita da Barbara Bretton supera isso, porque é divertida com aquele humor que não é chato, porque é simples e fluída. E depois há aquele final que eu odiei. Odiei porque não há mais nada, porque não há continuação, não explicação e ficamos assim, na ignorância! Já disse que odiei o final? Mas recomendo a leitura de toda a trilogia que passarão uns bons momentos!P.S. - Fui investigar e afinal há mais um livro (já voltei a respirar), só que ainda não está traduzido para português. Quinta Essência por favor, não te esqueças desta série.Obrigada à Tinkerbell pelo empréstimo. Livro pertencente ao Clube Blogring do My Imaginarium!

  • Maria
    2019-03-22 09:19

    Está terminado o 3º volume da trilogia Sugar Maple! O final do 2º livro tinha-nos deixado com água na boca para saber o que ia acontecer a seguir... Por isso foi com entusiasmo que peguei neste livro para o ler. Nele são-nos revelados os segredos que estão por trás da vida da protagonista Chloe e da vila que ela ama, defende e quer proteger (Sugar Maple). Voltou o sentido de humor que tanto gostei no 1º livro e gostei do final, embora previsível... sem duvida que me parece possivel uma continuação desta história, que eu leria com prazer se vier a acontecer

  • Valerie
    2019-03-05 06:31

    I thought the drive to Salem took a few too many chapters. The storyline was great just thought some of the driving chapters could have been shortened to make room for more backround. But overall a much better book than the second one, in my opinion.

  • Maria Carmo
    2019-02-28 07:19

    The very vivid fight to recover Sugar Maple and show herself worthy of her Ancesters. Chloe rediscovers her power side by side with Luke. And by the very end of the story we get a glimpse of the future...Maria CarmoLisbon 23rd. August 2012.

  • Jolanta
    2019-02-27 09:18

    I still like the series, but I guess it's starting to be a bit more of the same for me, that's why I rated it lower than the first two volumes; still it IS an enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all resolves in volume 4

  • Pertita
    2019-03-14 09:26

    Gostei! Foi um seguimento lágico dos outros dois livros.... Um livro com uma certa dose de humor, com ritmo e com um final feliz!!!!!!!!!!!! Recomendo

  • Tracy Stinson
    2019-03-19 05:13

    Don't, just don't. This book swims in the shallow waters of the peed filled kiddie pool. I'm shocked it isn't a picture book.

  • Nicolette Kernohan
    2019-03-11 09:12

    Imagine losing your home, your shop and your friends! Chloe Hobbs’s hometown has disappeared and in desperation she travels to Salem for answers, in Spun by Sorcery by Barbara Bretton.The third in the Sugar Maple series follows immediately on from Laced with Magic. Chloe has finally managed to banish the Fae queen, Isadora. Unfortunately Chloe also seems to have expelled the whole town of Sugar Maple and all of its occupants as well!Chloe is half human and half sorceress but despite living amongst the magickal community in Sugar Maple all of her life, she is only beginning to discover her own magickal powers. Her lineage goes back to the founding of Sugar Maple in Vermont shortly after the witch trials in the late 17th century. She is therefore also the de facto mayor of Sugar Maple.Chloe owns Sticks & Strings, a highly successful yarn store. She is devastated by the loss of her shop and yarn stash. You can understand this if you are a knitter; losing my yarn would be like the loss of a part of myself!Now Chloe’s shop, her home and her friends have disappeared in the blink of an eye – just removed from the face of the earth, as if they hadn’t existed! Chloe’s first resource is the Book of Spells. This tome contains the magickal wisdom of over 300 years worth of Hobbs women; but when she tries to call it there is no response.Thankfully Chloe has Luke, Janice and Penny with her. Luke is the love of Chloe’s life; he is fully human and is the local law enforcement officer. Janice is a witch and Chloe’s close friend. Janice has managed to retrieve Penny (Chloe’s ancient black cat) along with Chloe’s old car and some of her yarn stash.The friends have very little understanding of how their town has disappeared, let alone how to get it back again. They reluctantly agree that their only course of action is to drive to Salem. Salem is the town where the residents of Sugar Maple escaped from during the witch trials of the 17th Century. Could there be any magick left in Salem to will help them with their quest?The trip leads Chloe to discover the origin of the town’s most longstanding familial rivalry. She faces life threatening perils along the way, but in order to win the battle for Sugar Maple, Chloe will have to question her feelings, confront her desires and demonstrate that she is worthy of her ancestry.I loved the knitting chat in this book, especially between Chloe and Janice on the drive to Salem. There is a lot of knitting related articles at the back of the book. Some of these articles include patterns for a miniature sock, a mini stocking cap and a scarf amongst others. These are fun and an enjoyable addition to the book.Barbara Bretton is a wonderfully creative writer, as she showed in the two previous books in the series. In Spun by Sorcery she gives us more background about the history of Sugar Maple, which I enjoyed. She also answers some questions about the relationships between the characters in the tale. Although not my favourite book in the series, Spun by Sorcery provides an interesting exploration of the bonds between the town’s characters.I’ve grown to like Chloe and Luke. Although their relationship does not really move on much in this story, I enjoy their dialogue and the interesting take they have on issues that confront them. I also liked the cat Penny; a sort of familiar who has been with Chloe’s family since the move from Salem. I did miss some of the other quirky Sugar Maple towns folk, though.I am glad that there were not too many additional characters introduced into this book; this helped continuity of the story. Each of the major new characters brought in added to the story and were pleasurable to read.I thought that the drive to Salem was a bit longer than necessary. It did not add to the tension for me. I also thought that the final battle scene was too quick so it was rather anticlimactic.I did, though, enjoy the humour in the book. Barbara Bretton’s writing style is a joy to read and there are some really strong scenes. I especially liked the Salem lighthouse as a setting for some of the later scenes.I would recommend that you read the other two books in the series before this one. Although it can be read as a stand-alone tale, it makes it more enjoyable, in my opinion, to understand the references from the previous books.Spun by Sorcery by Barbara Bretton has plenty of fun, fantasy and magic. The end of the book is left open for a return to the series. I look forward to the continuation of the story. I read this book on Kindle. My review is available at: http://www.theknittingsquirrel.com/sp...

  • Laura
    2019-03-20 09:23

    The last book in the series is not as fun as the first two. It is quite deep and a little sinister, but moving. I do love the characters and I want to visit the town and knitting shop - actually I would love to have a knitting shop like it in my hometown!

  • Marisa A. LoSardo
    2019-03-12 11:20

    This one didn't hold my interest as did Books 1 and 2. But I look forward to book 4.

  • Alaine
    2019-03-22 03:16

    This got silly. Even for a piece of fluffy knitfic. It just...got silly. I still liked it, and I'll still read the next book but it wasn't quite as enchanting as the previous two.

  • Gayle Pace
    2019-02-20 07:17

    Spun by Sorcery by Barbara BrettonChloe - Sugar Maple, Vermont (Main Character) This book is a combination of suspense and oppressed creatures laced with magick.From Fresh Fiction: "Knitting Magic and a bit of Mayheim make for a cozy mystery."From front of book: "If only there was a lost and found for an entire town..."People you love are missing. Places you knew disappeared without any kind of warning. What would you do if this happened to you? The knitting shop you built from ground up, your entire town you'd known all your life, the home you'd grown up in, what do you do? Your best friends, that you'd shared your most private thoughts with. Your enemies, the people you just couldn't stand even though sometimes you didn't really know why. All of them suddenly wiped off the face of the earth in the blink of an eye. This doesn't happen to your home town, it just doesn't.You'd think you may have had too much to drink last night or that someone had slipped something in your drink when you weren't looking. People disappear. Cats and dogs go missing. Sometimes you misplace car keys, your favorite sunglasses and swore they had just disappeared. Even the Book of Spells, the Magick lifeline to the world, has gone MIA, along with friends and your cottage and your knit shop.Home towns aren't movable. You just don't load them on the back of a truck. and drive them off to a new location. Mother Nature sometimes uses her bag of tricks and tests us.. She throws tornados and blizzards, fires and floods, at us, then smiles in admiration as we bend, but never break. But even Mother Nature leaves some kind of clue. And they definitely never disappear without a trace. From My ancient Buick roars up with my friend Janice driving. Inside is Penny the cat and my yarn stash. I immediately knew we'd have to go back to Salem if I was going to save my home. I'll be in for the fight of my life with Family secrets and century-old feuds..I'm Chloe Hobbs, a half-human sorceress-in-training. If you can't find me studying my Book of Spells, you can find me at Sticks & Strings, a popular yarn shop, or at the Town Hall where I serve as de facto mayor of Sugar Maple. Sugar Maple is a small tourist town in northern Vermont.But there's a whole lot more to Sugar Maple than what you see. The small town cover hides truths that could be a danger to our existence. The descendants of oppressed creatures inhabit Sugar Maple They had fled Salem during the Witch Trials. Desperate, my ancestor Aerynn led other souls in danger north to an Indian town named Sinzibukwud. Opened arms and giving hearts welcomed them.A family of werewolves owned the town's hardware store. A beautiful Norwegian troll was the head librarian. My best friends are a shapeshifter and a witch. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. House sprites handle most of our home repairs .Let's not forget Forbes the Mountain Giant who walks in his sleep.How will Chloe find the answer to her life and town's disappearance? Is going back to Salem the answer? This book is a Spin that was SPUN BY SORCERY. The cover tugs at your imagination. You know you want to read this book. It's a page turner and one of those, don't put down until you're done, books. If the lost town is recovered , will things ever be the same? Could it possibly happen again? Get to reading and find out how Chloe answers all these questions and more.This was a complimentary print book, SPUN BY SORCERY, given to me by Manic Readers for this review.http://www.freshfiction.com/author.ph...http://bemiown.blogspot.comhttp://www.goodreads.com/reviews/list... "Barbara Bretton is the award-winning, best-selling author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.""She has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette, among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.""Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors (Gale)."

  • Elphaba J
    2019-03-17 09:18

    Creio, quase com total certeza, que sou apenas uma entre os muitos leitores que, gostando tanto de fantasia como de romance, não resistiu à série Sugar Maple de Barbara Bretton.Aliando como elementos principais a magia e o amor, neste terceiro livro, Sonhos Encantados, somos levados a conhecer as origens desta singular e encantada cidade, que dá nome à série e que, supostamente, deveria estar sob o comando de Chloe, ou não! A verdade é que esta desaparece misteriosamente, bem como todos os seus habitantes, levando consigo tudo o que a protagonista tem de mais querido restando-lhe apenas, com muita força de vontade, encetar uma viagem à temível Salem, a cidade onde tudo começou e onde esperam grandes aventuras a Chloe, Luke, a gata Penny e a sua amiga Janice, ou seja, na companhia de tudo o que lhe resta.Fazendo uma pausa no romance intenso, sem que o Luke deixe de estar presente, este é um título necessário e que eu aguardava com expectativa para conhecer as respostas às muitas lacunas sobre a existência Sugar Maple que, até então, tinham ficado por explicar.A viagem a Salem referida na sinopse, que é, simultaneamente, uma viagem aos antepassados de Chloe, permite-nos descobrir aprofundadamente os contornos de magia secular, mais intensa e bem diferente das muitas peripécias e feitiços a que até então a autora nos havia habituado o que pode ser bom, se o leitor desejar ver algo diferente, mas também pode retirar um pouco do leveza dos livros anteriores, uma vez que é notável uma maior seriedade neste texto o que, atenção, eu compreendo, afinal de contas Sugar Maple desapareceu e as coisas não estão nada fáceis para qualquer um dos intervenientes.Outra das vantagens de esta história se passar fora da cidade de Chloe, um lugar comum a que o leitor já se havia habituado, é a variedade enriquecedora de cenários. Desde a viajem até à mítica cidade, repleta de tensão e aventuras, às próprias sensações transmitidas por uma localidade repleta de simbolismos onde tudo pode acontecer, o leitor tem oportunidade de conhecer não só um outro lado da fantasia mais sóbrio e perigoso como, também, de imaginar estas peculiaridades introduzidas na sua realidade.No que respeita às personagens pouco ou nada há a acrescentar às que já nos são familiares e sempre queridas, exceptuando, possivelmente, o grande protagonismo da gata Penny – uma mais-valia para quem gosta de animais –, e o crescimento do casal principal, que amadurecerá bastante face às novas descobertas e provações. Claro que existe um número considerável de intervenientes secundários interessantes, mas quanto a esses nada adianto para não vos estragar a surpresa. Resumindo, este é um livro algo diferente dos seus antecedentes, oferecendo-nos algo de novo, e embora perca pouco da vertente cómica a que a autora nos havia habituado compensa pelos muitos pormenores e novidades relacionadas com o aliciante passado mágico, atractivos bem-vindos que conquistarão novos leitores.Opinião completa: http://historiasdeelphaba.blogspot.pt...

  • Gia
    2019-03-16 04:10

    Bem, esta trilogia começou muito bem e, na minha opinião, tem vindo a piorar desde então. Eu, que não costumo gostar muito desde tipo de romance, adorei o primeiro livro porque achei que a história era romântica sem ser excessivamente melosa, porque a escrita era fluida, sem se alongar demasiado em eventos sem importância e por causa do humor que é conferido à história. Os personagens não são os típicos protagonistas de romance mágico e não são muito cliché. O segundo livro perdeu muitas destas características, o humor foi uma das principais e a trama começou a alongar-se demasiado em coisas que não me prendiam particularmente a atenção, já para não mencionar que não gostei particularmente da história contada neste.Finalmente, o terceiro... para começar demora imenso a arrancar, nos outros eu ficava logo com a atenção captada, queria saber o que vinha a seguir, neste nada disso aconteceu, a história arrasta-se na parte inicial, desde o momento em que Chloe "perde" Sugar Maple" até que os personagens (Janice e Luke, juntamente com Chloe) chegam a Salem.Depois de lá chegarem, a acção melhora, depois começam os acontecimentos mágicos que, para ser sincera não me pareceram particularmente interessantes, especialmente o reencontro com um membro da família de Chloe, que esperei que fosse mais interessante mas que na verdade foi um bocadinho "meh". O final foi a melhor parte, toda a "luta" da protagonista para recuperar a sua terra e mesmo o desfecho foram muito bons, ficamos mesmo em pulgas para ler o próximo. Outra coisa que me incomoda: o tricot; enquanto no primeiro e segundo livros o tricot está bem inserido e até tem uma razão de ser e dá um toque engraçado à personalidade de Chloe, neste livro há tricot por tudo e por nada, sem razão de ser, o que se torna um bocadinho irritante. Tendo dito tudo isto, espero ansiosamente pelo último, apesar de tudo gosto muito destas personagens e acho que a história merecia um bom desfecho, que se afaste dos segundo e terceiro livros.

  • Sapphyria
    2019-02-25 08:26

    Synopsis from the back cover: I don’t know about you but I’m always losing things—keys and sunglasses and stitch markers for my sweater-in-progress. But an entire town? Even I had never done that before! Just when I was about to make a forever home with my 100% human soul mate, Luke MacKenzie, my Fae enemy Isadora struck… Even the Book of Spells, my lifeline to the world of magick, has gone MIA, along with my friends and my cottage and my knit shop. But then my friend Janice roars up in my ancient Buick with Penny the cat and my yarn stash in town. Suddenly I know that if I’m going to save my home, we’ll have to go back to Salem, where my family secrets and centuries-old feuds will pull me into the fight of my life…This is book number three from Barbara Bretton’s Sugar Maple series. As with her first and second books of the series, Casting Spells and Laced with Magic, I found this latest book to be extremely well written. The plot is smooth and flows evenly and there is humor and conflict. To recap: Chloe Hobbs is part of a lineage that dates back to the founding of Sugar Maple, VT. Each generation is responsible for keeping the magic in this town a secret, which requires falling in love and then the eventual birth of a daughter. She is also a sorceress that just fell into her powers. After the epic fight at the end of Laced with Magic, it would appear that Chloe not only permanently banished Isadora, but banished Sugar Maple and its occupants. Enter more spirits, a trip of Salem, some mermaids, and Chloe’s great (times a million) grandfather and we have another wonderful Sugar Maple adventure.Welcome to Sugar Maple everyone. As long as Barbara continues the series, I’m here to stay.

  • Bookaholics
    2019-03-16 06:29

    Spun by Sorcery by Barbara BrettonParanormal Romance- Nov. 2nd, 20103 1/2 starsSpun by Sorcery is a light-hearted mystery with magical elements in it.Chloe Hobbs is half-human and half-sorcerer. Luke McKenzie is completely human, the local law, and her lover. They have won the battle against the evil Isadora for the township of Sugar Maple. To the victor go the spoils of a safe home. Except their home Sugar Maple has vanished. They can’t enter the town’s perimeter without running into a barrier. Chloe believes it is her fault. She thinks a magical spell backfired when she banished Isadora. But It can be fixed…right? Her trusty Book of Spells will hopefully have an answer. Except that when she tries to call it, the book doesn’t come. It is as lost as the town is.In the end, Chloe must decide which is more important to her; Sugar Maple or the one and only love of her life.Spun by Sorcery is a cute novel with lots of fluff. Ms. Bretton uses simple words and not many details. It is a fun and fast read that gives you a happy ending. Even when they are facing possible death, there is a comic and ironic feel to author’s style in writing.Sadly, the characters are bit flat and two-dimensional. When one event happens, there is enough foreshadowing that the reader knows what will happen next. There aren’t many surprises and although I enjoyed reading it, I could have put it down many times. The author also makes many references to her previous book. So while it can be easily read alone it would be more enjoyable having read her prior book, tooReviewed by Jackie from the Bookaholics Romance Club

  • Sara
    2019-02-22 07:14

    Para quem já leu os livros anteriores desta saga e aprendeu que esta saga é leve, de onde não se deve esperar complexidade ou muito sentido e que serve para passar uns momentos descontraídos, esta é uma boa leitura. Agora se estão à procura de personagens deslumbrantes, complexas, com uma história com muito sentido e muito bem feita, bem... vão-se desiludir. Este é um romance mágico, como bem diz na capa, onde vemos Chloe a braços com o amor humano da sua vida e tudo o que isso significa. Esta mágica meia humana é responsável pela vila cheia de sobrenaturais que se escondem dos humanos, Sugar Mapple, que subitamente desapareceu. E então bora lá para Salem, já que o que namorado de Chloe, Luke, é polícia e achou que seria um bom sítio para procurar a vila perdida. Nisto têm que passar por imensos obstáculos até que encontram respostas e enfrentam a batalha da sua vida. Não fiz muito spoiler, pois não? Esta saga tocou-me no primeiro livro com a sua originalidade, magia e romance, No entanto, sinto que os livros a seguir não conseguiram ser tão interessantes ou originais. Não consegui manter tanto o interesse e empatia pelas personagens principais. Ainda assim a curiosidade mantém-se e cá estou eu a escrever a minha opinião do terceiro livro. Conclusões? Este é uma livro para se passar uma boa tarde de Verão (ou uns belos dias, conforme a velocidade e o tempo de leitura) a descontrair com um enredo leve. Assim que puder hei-de ler o quarto livro que felizmente é o último. (Continuam sem perceber porque continuo a ler esta série? Culpem a minha curiosidade! xD)

  • Brittany
    2019-03-03 06:19

    So let's say that you're a half-sorceress in training, you have an amazing, 100% human soulmate, a crazy cat that is your familiar of some sorts, and you own a shop calls Sticks and Strings....and you lose your town. Like, lose it, lose it. You've tried everything to get the town back, and almost like Storybrooke, you get kicked out of the town line like a boomerang. Now what?You and your human lover, along with your cat Penny and your Julia Roberts look-a-like friend goes to Salem to find a way to get Sugar Maple back. And you do...in the form of Samuel Bramford, who was Aerynn's lover. And he gives your lover 24-hour magic powers to help you fight the old magic and get the talisman back. It was success. Sugar Maple is back, and that everything's back to normal...until the old caretaker of Samuel Bramford, Elspeth, comes in your old Buick to tell you that Samuel's last wish was that she was to deliver your baby...that baby you didn't know your having. But you are. With your 100% human soulmate.....And that is the whole entire book with Chloe, Luke and Janice, along with Penny and Samuel and Elspeth. I honestly enjoyed this book once again and it was a quick read for me. I loved it and once again I wanted to read the second and last book, because I'm not ready to leave Sugar Maple, and I really don't wanna say goodbye to Sugar Maple. I really do recommend this book (and this series) a whole lot, even if you don't knit (but you will learn too)

  • Lynn
    2019-02-23 04:21

    This is the third book in the Sugar Maple series but it wasn't a story that served as a random placeholder for the last book.The previous book ends with Chloe successfully fighting off and banishing her evil Fae foe, Isadore but at what appears to be the cost of losing her beloved town of Sugar Maple. This book focuses on Chloe, Luke and Janice traveling to Salem, MA, to find out how to draw Sugar Maple back into this dimension. In the process Chloe meets Samuel, a 300 year old man who was the partner of Aerynn, Chloe's many times great grandmother, who first brought magick, fae and other creatures to Sugar Maple. You learn more about what happened to create such a rift in the magick and fae members of Sugar Maple and what has fueled that rivalry for so long. While some series holders are ways to introduce random characters and story lines just for the sake of having something to carry us over until the next book in the series, this book does a nice job of continuing the story line, introducing minimal additional characters that add to the story (not distract), and sets things up nicely for the next book. It very well may be my favorite book so far because while the story is rich, it is simple and focused.

  • Cris
    2019-02-19 04:31

    I enjoyed the 'road trip' portion of the story a bit because Bretton has a very smooth, flowing style and I like Chloe, Luke & Janice. But. And this is a big but. I couldn't bring myself to care about the ultimate goal--retrieving Sugar Maple. Frankly, I thought Chloe and Luke would be much better off without the damn town. And I really, *really* resented the whole 'must prove your worth to guard the town'. The worst part? 'Proof' that Chloe's unworthy to guard the town was that she focused on saving a child's soul from the worst sort of eternal imprisonment and torture imaginable. See according to Samuel, Chloe should have have ignored the child's plight instead of allowing herself to be distracted from 'guarding' the town. (Not that saving the child endangered the town in any way, shape or form.) Ugh.Samuel's appearance was a cop out--something of a 'deus ex machina'. And the climatic battle for the leadership of Sugar Maple was anticlimactic and confusing. (Although I'll admit I may not be the best judge since I was rooting for Chloe to lose.)The introduction of Luke's family felt like a meaningless diversion. Overall, I sincerely doubt I'll read further in this series if Bretton writes further.

  • Sandra
    2019-02-26 06:22

    This is the third book in this series and I think it's my last one to read. I liked the story line and the people in it. My problem with this book is it's like a maze. Nothing really flows along for me. Chloe comes back from fighting a battle, (from the last book), to finding her whole town gone. It's just not there anymore. Her one friend has made it out with Chloe's car and her cat and her yarn. Chloe, her boyfriend, who is human, and Chloe's friend all decide to go to Salem, where their ancestors started out and find answers to get the town back. Picture them all in this big boat of a car. Boyfriend driving in a blizzard and Chloe and Janice knitting away in the car. They slide off the road, they get back on the road, they continue to have problems because the "fae" are causing it. The whole story is like this. It's kind of choppy and disconnected. Chloe being attacked by spinning wheels. It's like reading a Disney movie for 8 year old's. I think I just got tired of the complaining and never seeing Chloe turning into the witch she is suppose to be.

  • Marie
    2019-03-21 03:30

    I've grown to love Sugar Maple. The people in the town are so quirky and funny. They make the story, and are the reason that I fell in love with this series. So, when Sugar Maple disappeared, my heart sank. It was at this point, that I had a difficult time getting through the book in a reasonable amount of time. Was it badly written? Absolutely not. The author is a wonderful writer. She paints a beautiful picture of everything, and keeps you engaged in what you're reading. My problem: The main characters, Chloe and Luke, cannot carry a story with so little help from their supporting cast of characters. I love their romance, and find a lot of what they say and do to be incredibly romantic. It just wasn't what the first two books were for me. Don't get me wrong, I still love this series, and will continue to recommend it to everyone I know. It's just like a real relationship - we have entered a small rut. However, in true relationship rut fashion, I'm looking forward to the epic make-up with the next chapter in the series.