The Sweetest Spell
by Suzanne Selfors
Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher’s daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.
Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.
Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.
I found the book in the library when I was searching for Hero. I took it off the shelf, flipped it open to read the synopsis and was amused. I mean, a fairytale revolving around the creation of chocolate. It was adorable. But I put the book back on the shelf and moved on. The second time I went to the library, same deal. Picked it out again, flipped through it, was intrigued and amused – and put it back.
When I did pulled it out of the shelf the third time, I knew I had to read it. And am I glad I did. Yes, it sounds weird. Chocolate is what everybody in that world fights over. Yes, it gets a little confusing and simplistic at times.
But the main character is not just a strong female – she is a strong disabled female. The amount of times I have come across something like that in what is a fairytale-type novel is negligible. Of course, I may have just been looking in the wrong places. She is resourceful and believably so. She learns, and her strength comes from within. From her heart and her compassion.
I loved the book a lot more than I would, and I would go into details about more characters, but then I might spoil a couple of unexpected surprises that came my way. (These were obvious when the characters were introduced, but I did not go into the novel knowing about these characters and I do not want to detract from them because it would lose half its charm.)