Huge thanks to The Write Reads and HarperCollins for inviting me to be part of this very exciting blog tour!
Warning: Minor spoilers!
It’s a cold winter during the Great Frost of 1683. Thomasina and Anne are the best of friends, one running her father’s sweet shop and the other the apprentice at the family apothecary – together they sell their goods on the frozen River Thames. When a family tragedy turns Thomasina’s world upside down, she is drawn to a mysterious conjuror and the enchanted frost fair.
But soon the world of Father Winter threatens to claim everything she holds dear. Will they be able to solve the magical mysteries that surround them…?
I can honestly say The Miraculous Sweetmakers is one of the most original books I’ve read in a long time. This wonderful book is full of adventure, peril, and excitement – but it’s also about grief, friendship, and compassion.
The first chapter of this book alone knocked me off my feet, our introduction to Thomasina is so unexpectedly heartbreaking you can’t help but want to know more.
Thomasina, Anne, and later Henry, go on a dangerous journey to defeat Father Winter; the story is fast-paced and multifaceted, with many subplots that come together beautifully at the end. But Hastings tackles some very difficult issues. Thomasina’s mother is so consumed by grief that she is continually on the brink of being taken away to Bedlam (what once known to be a lunatic asylum) because of it. There are also themes of poverty and loneliness, and what it means to be kind.
I absolutely love Thomasina and Anne’s skills and ability to produce medicinal sweets. If anything, I would have loved for this to be a stronger theme in the story to really show off their entrepreneurship.
I couldn’t put this book down, I laughed, I cried. It’s been so long since I read something so different, wonderful, and full of love.
Will you be reading The Miraculous Sweetmakers? Let me know in the comments below.
Wishing you a bookish week,