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Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning, Book 2) Paperback – November 4, 2008

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Book 2 of 8 in the Goddess Summoning Series

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[A] mythic world of humor and verve. -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Award-winning author P. C. Cast is a dynamic, entertaining orator and an extraordinary teacher. Currently, her realm is in Oklahoma, where she resides with her spoiled cat, Patchy Poo the Pud, and her stubborn Scottie dogs, better known as The Snotties.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425227081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425227084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P.C. Cast was born in Watseka, Illinois, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. Since her tour in the USAF, she has been speaking and teaching professionally.

Ms. Cast is an award winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath.

Ms. Cast writes the popular Goddess Summoning Series for Berkley Publishing. The forth book in the series, GODDESS OF THE ROSE, A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is a Feburary 2006 release.

In December 2004, LUNA (Harlequin's single title fantasy imprint for women) released ELPHAME'S CHOICE, the first of five epic fantasy novels set in the world of Cast's popular first book, GODDESS BY MISTAKE. BRIGHID'S QUEST was her December 2005 release, with two more installments in the world of Partholon scheduled for release in 2006 - including a special LUNA edition of GODDESS BY MISTAKE, under the new title DIVINE BY MISTAKE, and it's never before published sequel, DIVINE BY CHOICE, which will be available December 2006.

P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. If your organization is interested in information about her workshops or presentations, please contact her publicist, Sherry Rowland of Siren Promotions at 918-625-6526 or LSHERRYR@aol.com.

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Carolina Francesca Santoro is a 43-year-old Italian-American woman who lives in Tulsa Oklahoma and owns a bakery called Pani Del Goddess. After Lina realizes that her business is in major debt and she might have to declare bankruptcy, she decides that she needs to expand her menu to make more money for her business. After looking through half a dozen old Italian cookbooks from a used book store, Lina opens a cookbook entitled The Italian Goddess Cookbook and finds a recipe for Italian pizza. The recipe involves chanting to the Goddess of the Harvest, Demeter. (One problem I had was that the author didn't use Demeter's and Persephone's Italian names, Ceres and Proserpine, but that's not really a big deal). By saying this chant and asking for help with her bakery, Lina got Demeter's attention, and the Goddess decides to switch Lina and Persephone. The dead souls of the Underworld are calling to Demeter because they want the comfort of a goddess, and Demeter believes that her daughter Persephone, Goddess of Spring, could light the darkness in the Underworld. However, Persephone is young and immature, and Demeter decides to send her to the mortal's world to experience life there, and manage Lina's bakery. In the meantime, Lina will switch places with Persephone to return Demeter's favor, and will visit the Underworld as the Goddess of Spring for six months.

Lina and Hades soon find that they are falling in love, but Lina's conscience can't rest because she promised Demeter that she won't let anyone know that she isn't really Persephone, but she longs to tell Hades. She is also worried that Hades only loves her for her body, which is really Persephone's. The other problem is that Lina has to leave Hades and the Underworld forever in 6 months.

While I liked P.C.
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The Goddess Demeter feels that Persephone is to immature to handle the problems in the realm of the Dead.

Carolina Santoro needs help with her bakery. She finds an old book of receipes dedicated to the Goddess Demeter. Following a receipe she invokes Demeter.

Demeter suggests that she change bodies with Persephone so the the Goddess of Spring can save her bakery and she who is more mature, can fix the problems in Hades realm.

This is a wonderful adventure full of magic, humor, and romance. The playful mix of myth and reality is stunning. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more.
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Maybe if I hadn't already read Cast's previous Goddess books I might have rated this higher. It definitely is the best of the three considering the quality of her writing, the plot, and the setting. The book doesn't get going until Lina changes places with Persephone, but at that point the simple story draws you in and moves quickly. Before that though, unfortunately, the writing is frequently awkward and tedious to slog through. It's as if Cast wasn't interested in that part of the story herself.

This story follows the same outline of events and includes basically the same characters as Cast's previous two Goddess books with only a change of settings and names. There's the ritual, the surprisingly easy changing of worlds and bodies with very little homesickness by the main character. There's the guy she instantly finds true love with, the woman she instantly makes best friends with and who is also her servant. There are the many scenes where she explores her new clothes, her new bathroom. She has fabulous sex. It's all the same as before - just done a little better. This may be partly partly why I seem less impressed by the book than other reviewers here. I hope Cast has worn the formula out by now and will try something new in the future. Also, please, stop with the endless bad puns. One thing new this time is a particularly creepy scene where Lina is bathing while Hades is off in the bushes watching and pleasuring himself. That's not romantic and it could have been left out.

I also can not understand why Cast made such a point of making Lina an Italian who owns an Italian bakery, uses Italian curses, and who finds an old Italian cookbook with the ritual that gets everything going. Why do this if the Gods and myths used for the story were all Greek?
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With a nod to Greek mythology and a little body switching romance, this book looked to be the perfect start of my summer fun reading.

It was a little disappointing to realize that this is really a typical romance novel. Lots of sexual tension, maybe two actual sex scenes and people falling hopelessly in love in about two minutes-with a whole lot of misunderstandings along the way. Pretty typical actually. This is nothing more than a romance novel.

Oh, there's some nice stuff about the realm of Hades, a couple of mythology references for the geeky out there (me included) and a stereotypical gay guy. But in short this book just mostly has Lina (our middle aged heroine who ends up in the underworld while Persephone takes care of her Italian bakery) befriends and mothers everyone in sight while the author beats you over the head with a stick that says "mature woman are sexy and desirable and can have romance in their lives...."

Which is fine, I understand not all romance belongs to the young. At the age of 18 I have watched by 60 year old mother date for ten years. I get it. The author can stop repeating how wonderful mature Lina is. I would also like to know why such a huge deal was made out of Lina being Italian when all the gods she dealt with where Greek. And while she was in the underworld, why didn't Hades mention that the titans (his parents and uncles and aunts) were in the deepest part of hell? But that's nitpicky.

In the end, well, I did purchase another of this authors books at the same time as this one, so I will read it, but had I not I think I would have lost interest. This is just too much like a fill in the blanks romance novel. Too stereotypical of the genre.
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