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A Little Magic On The Prairie,
This review is from: The Springsweet (Hardcover)
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I just finished "The Vespertine" and had to jump right into "The Springsweet". I gave "The Vespertine" a five star review but I wish Amazon went higher because I loved "The Springsweet" even more.
Why? I liked Amelia from "The Vespertine" a lot, but I love Zora. The book opens with Zora grief stricken and 'a little bit crazy' after the closing events in the first novel. Readers of "The Vespertine" might remember that Zora was a fun, flirty, and frivolous girl in that book. By the end of "The Springsweet", she has grown into a woman that works hard and cares even more about people. With Amelia, I always liked her but I didn't always understand her. Its different with Zora. Another reason I loved "The Springsweet" more is the setting. I love stories of the west and fighting for, claiming and working the homesteads. I loved reading about Zora, her young Aunt Birdie and Birdie's young daughter. Three women having to fight for everything they have? Yes, please. Also, Ms. Mitchell's 'voice' is even stronger here. The writing was beautiful in "The Vespertine"...I was sucked into that tale right away. Here the writing is still gorgeous, but its more mature. The story is even tighter and clearer than in the first novel.
I don't think that "The Springsweet" is nearly as dramatic as the first book either. There were some twists but they seemed more mild here. That is a good thing because it fit with the overall mood of the story. I loved Thomas from the first book, but I also loved Emerson here. Emerson wasn't quite the 'dandy' that Thomas was and I think that he brings out the strong woman in Zora and I liked that a lot. I enjoyed watching the two of them meet and get to know each other. I loved Zora's crazy scheme at the beginning of the book to get away from her obligations to get out of mourning and find someone to marry. When Zora's 'gift' shows itself, its almost like an afterthought. The story would have been just as wonderful without the element. Still it does add to the story and puts some of the last bits of the story into play.
As with most of my favorite books, I find myself having a hard time writing this review. I don't want to give a single thing away. I found the book to be such a treat (The Vespertine as well) and I can only encourage you to pick up this series. Both books are so different than any I have read before. I am truly excited by these gems and I eagerly await the next book by Ms. Mitchell.