An enchanting, magical tale.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
An amazing and captivating, curl-up-on-the-sofa debut about a magical frost fair and the lasting power of friendship.
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 . . . ?
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Four years after her brother’s death, Thomasina is still grieving for him. She blames herself for his death. Her parents are no longer the people she knew them to be: grief has altered them significantly. Amidst this miserable existence, she chances upon a mystical man who promises her to bring back her dead brother. But, what will be its cost?
Read The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair by Natasha Hastings to find out. This is a snow-filled magical adventure perfect for my middle-grade readers.
Hastings’ beautiful and visually descriptive writing made it a treat for me to read the book. She took me on a thrilling ride through a winter wonderland.
Don’t be surprised if you see a not-so-benevolent spirit lurking amidst all the dazzling icy beauty.
The story lays out bare the grief and trauma a family undergoes upon losing a beloved member. It changes the people and fractures the family. Moreover, I loved the tense finale.
It’s an impressive debut and I recommend it to my middle-grade readers.
Genre: Middle-grade, Fantasy || Pages: 368 || Published on 1st November 2022
Natasha Hastings started developing The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair while studying history at Cambridge University, where she focused on gender and mental illness. While exploring these topics, she became determined to have the lives of working women, as well as their experiences of mental illness in this period, form the heartbeat of her debut book, The Frost Fair.
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