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The Springsweet (The Vespertine #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  616 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves
Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed
aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing
ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a
“springsweet” to advise other settlers wh...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

The Vespertine was one of my favorite books last year, and with that ending, of course I was dying for a sequel! It completely stole my heart...and trampled it. I was incredibly heartbroken! In The Springsweet, Saundra Mitchell has redeemed my heart by mending our Zora’s.

The most stand-out quality I’ve come to love about Saundra Mitchell’s writing is the vividly realized atmospheres. In The Vespertine, I could see myself sit

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Angela

Charming historical-supernatural romance that's slow to start

In Saundra Mitchell's The Springsweet, seventeen-year-old Zora finds herself stuck in Baltimore - both emotionally and physically - as she grieves the tragic loss of her fiancé. When a rash choice provides a way out, she takes it and finds her way to the wind-swept prairies of Oklahoma to live with her aunt. Once there, Zora discovers that she has the power to sense water under the ground and that her skill is in much demand in a drou...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
An enthralling story about heartbreak, second chances, love, and learning to find yourself, The Springsweet is the perfect sequel to Saundra Mitchell's The Vespertine. Starting off where Amelia's story ended, Zora's story is one fans of this series will quickly fall in love with. Zora not only has to come to terms with her broken heart, but she learns as she heads out west, leaving the comforts of her home behind to carry on and find herself again. Zora's an enchanting character with a voice tha...more
Charlie
3.5 Stars
In an attempt to escape a wounded heart, Zora Stewart packs a bag and heads West. Robbery, rescue and the occasional tumbleweed follow. Being a fan of the Vespertine inspired me to pick up the companion novel, The Springsweet. The setting shifts from Balitmore to the hardships of prairie life along the great frontier. Because of the setting, the book has a western country feel and for those readers who enjoy American settler stories, The Springsweet will be a pleasurable and clean read....more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: City girl Zora Stewart moves out west to search for who she is and what she wants to do with her life after the tragedies she experienced in this companion novel to The Vespertine.

Opening Sentence: That I went a little mad, I could not deny.

The Review:

The Springsweet is Saundra Mitchell’s second novel featuring the character of Zora Stewart. Zora has been mourning for a year, and can’t find the will to move on with her life in Baltimore. She...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
4.5/5 stars. Loved it so much, I practically read it straight through and forgot to take any notes. D'oh. Review soon.

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I hate staring at a blank piece of paper when I’m trying to write a review. Conversely, I love that I was so engrossed in the novel that I neglected to take a single note. Luckily, I’m caught up on reviews and not having to write this three weeks after I read it, so this should be relatively painless.

I loved Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine when I read it last year. I hadn’t...more
Chibineko
After having read and liked the previous book in the series, The Vespertine, I was pretty happy to be able to get my hands on this book. Many of you coming into this book will be familiar with Mitchell's style, but for those of you who aren't I do have to warn you that the magic in this story will not be as heavily played up as it usually is in some of the other YA books out there. It's more of a secondary plot element than a major one, although it does feature heavily in the story.

First let me...more
Tabitha Olson
Saundra Mitchell is a master of setting. All of her books have had a vivid and palpable feel to them, and this book is no exception. I could taste the dust of the road, smell the grass on the prairie, feel the water between my toes, etc. Whenever I want to feel like I’m in another world, I pick up one of Saundra’s books.

Zora is a great character. Her grief is tangible and drives her to do selfish things because she can't see beyond it. That rang true to me. Desperation also drove her to find her...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Hope springs eternal.

Mourning the death of her beloved, Zora Stewart decided she needed to escape. What better way to forget about the tragedies in her life but to occupy herself with back-breaking labour? Ruined in Baltimore by her own devices, her mother shipped her off to a stead in Oklahoma where farming life flounders due to the scarcity of water. Little did she know, within her lies the ability to call on its sources. But as soon as she availed herself of the remuneration for being "spring
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Kelly
The Springsweet is a young adult historical fantasy set in the late nineteenth century, mainly in the Oklahoma Territory. It’s also a sequel to Saundra Mitchell’s 2011 novel The Vespertine, though I didn’t realize that when I ordered it. So the caveat to my review is that I read The Springsweet without that background. How does it hold up on its own? Quite well, actually.

The heroine is Zora Stewart, a secondary character from The Vespertine, whose fiancé died tragically a year ago. Zora’s mother...more
Christina (Reading Extensively)
The Springsweet is a companion novel to The Vespertine but the story has a different feel to it partly due to the setting and partly due to the protagonist Zora. I think this is a much more thoughtful book and I actually prefer it to The Vespertine. Zora struggles with grief and guilt but she is also a determined and hardworking girl which I found admirable. Even though an Oklahoma soddy is a far cry from what she is used to, she pitches in and does her best to not be a burden to her aunt. The r...more
Vikki VanSickle
It is no secret that I love Saundra Mitchell.Her prose is beautiful but rather spare (much like the landscape she is writing about) but her skill is such that it doesn’t take a lot of words to conjure a rich story. She is rather like Zora, a ‘word’ sweet summoning a story that is clear and simple with no frippery. The characters use period language and sentence construction which added to the authenticity of the book, but contemporary readers won’t balk at this at times formal or unfamiliar man...more
Krystal
Jan 15, 2012 Krystal rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The second in The Vespertine series, The Springsweet focuses on Zora. Depressed after the events of the past year, Zora is desperate to get away from her home and all reminders of her departed friends and deceased love. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, Zora takes it. The eventful ride to her aunt’s home in West Glory, Oklahoma, leads to Zora discovering her rare talent. After finding underground water for Emerson, a man she wishes she was not so attracted to, Zora realizes she is a...more
Soarin Soraya
Though I haven’t had the joy of reading The Vespertine I was instantly grabbed by the story of The SpringSweet. The narrative style was simple in an elegant way that didn’t hold anything back, revealing truths and moments with an unflinching clarity and endearing honesty. Zora’s character, though at first a little… out of touch with the consequences of her decisions, goes through a stunning transition from a young woman lost to herself to a strong character who is willing to step out of the rol...more
Cassidy
The beautiful writing and seeing Zora come into her own as a strong, independent character was almost enough to overcome to gaping questions that lingered in my mind. How does the sister of the Stewarts have no money when they are well off? How does Zora, a girl who did nothing more than dance and mingle at dinner parties, adjust so well to frontier life?
But the shocking revelation of her water element, and the finding of the fourth elemental, leads to an eager wait for the conclusion. It wil...more
AnandaTashie
"I'd never felt such a wind, scorching and dry. In fact, I doubted entirely it was wind because it seared and clawed, pulling my hair loose in spite of its pins."

I decided to skip book one in this series since it seemed it wouldn't be too jarring due to the focus / POVs being different. I'm not always a big fan of historical fiction, but this one is based in Oklahoma - crazy land of my heart - so I wanted to give it a try.

It's about a young woman who intentionally shames herself in her home cit...more
Jules Goud
We get to see how Zora Stewart fared after the death of Thomas.

She hasn't fared well.

She hasn't gone out to nay balls, she hasn't called on people, she just stayed home. So, she goes all the way to West Glory. She then discovers that she has a gift of finding the perfect spot for wells. That, and there are two guys who would love to court her.

Zora has to learn what it means to be alive. Most of her friends have died and she feels all alone. When she goes to West Glory, she finds out that she enj...more
Kelly
Feb 28, 2012 Kelly marked it as to-read
The covers for this series are SOOO pretty.
Holly
I haven't read this series for the longest time, but I figured it was finally time for me to read a historical fiction and this seemed like a good pick.

I really liked the setting of this. It's the Oklahoma Territory in the 1880s. It's rough territory, and I never really knew much about the people who wanted to live out there or how they lived. The history in this was just fascinating because it's so different from what I know about this time period in the rest of the US.

I liked the relationships...more
Belaria of the Snowy Halls
It was my misfortune, I guess, to pick up The Springsweet AFTER I'd forgotten most of the events in The Vespertine. Consequently I recalled rather a small amount of the prior events aside from some of Zora and Amelia's escapades and abilities...
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Along with another book I've recently read(i.e. A Curse Dark As Gold) the romance did not age as well as it began, although the love triangle was not a...more
Molli Moran



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It's no secret that Saundra Mitchell's Gothic novel, The Vespertine was one of my favorite novels of 2011. I'm a romantic at heart, and drawn to all kinds of anachronisms, and to me, The Vespertine was a book that, wonderfully, and amazingly, just didn't fit in, didn't quite belong amidst all the other young adult books I was reading, and that's a huge part of why I loved Saundra's book and her ethereal writing style quite so much...more
Justin
Let me just start by saying that I enjoyed The Springsweet a lot more than I did The Vespertine. It was much easier to follow, and I actually enjoyed the setting more. It doesn't take place very long at all after The Vespertine ended, but it's completely different. Saundra really has a talent for making her writing fit the period, and areas she is trying to write about. As you can probably gather, The Springsweet is the companion novel to The Vespertine in which you follow along with Zora on her...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Zora Stewart stops caring about life after her fiance Thomas and her cousin Amelia both die. With her Mother determined to shove her back into her old life, Zora takes drastic measures. After almost publicly ruining herself, her Mother finally agrees to send her to live with her widowed Aunt Birdie(not much older than her) and her cousin Louella in West Glory, Oklahoma. Once she gets there, Zora finds out that she is a springsweet, able to sense water underneath the parched surface of the Earth...more
Dani
4.5/5 stars

1890. A year has passed since Zora Stewart lost her beloved Thomas in a tragic shooting; a year since her best friend Amelia returned to Maine. Though she’s grieved her fiance for a socially acceptable amount of time, Zora’s heart remains broken. She remains isolated, buried in her sorrow for a love and life that will never be. Her mother, worried about her daughter’s depression, encourages Zora to start living again. Zora knows she must move forward, but she doesn’t know how she can...more
Megan Marie
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Heidi (yabibliophile)
I have a new rule. It's called the "Read Everything Saundra Mitchell Publishes" rule. This has been my unofficial rule since reading her first book Shadowed Summer. It was strengthened by The Vespertine but I felt three books were needed to make it official. Consider it official.


Saundra has such a way with words. I know I've said it before but I don't think I can stress it enough! I mean, I flagged two separate sentences on the first page alone! Her writing style and word choice are superb. The...more
Sara
The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell is a sequel to The Vespertine. This book follows Zora who moves in with an aunt in Oklahoma shortly after the landrun following the death of her fiancee. Zora finds that this new frontier dangerous and difficult but filled with interesting people. Zora soon finds that she has the ability of a springsweet, one who can locate water, and finds herself in a love triangle between the man who is right socially and the man that is right for her heart.

I loved this boo...more
Snorkle
I liked the lyrical quality of this book. It felt different from a lot of stories I had been reading lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian kick and this was historical fiction, but it really did feel like a breath of fresh air. When I was younger, I was obsessed with historical fiction and read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I’m not sure why that died over time and I’ve progressed more towards fantasy, but I still love a good historical fiction novel –...more
Teri
Springsweet picks up after The Vespertine left us with Zora's heartbreak sending her into solitude, and a future none to bright. There are no bright parties or full dance cards for Zora these days, the most she finds herself leaving the house is to stop by Nathaniel's grave. On a whim Zora decides to scandalize herself at a party giving her mother the means to sent her away to an Aunt out in the West. Zora believes that this will give her a new fresh look in life away from her memories and her p...more
Maureen E
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I was going to talk about Siobhan Vivian's The List today, and I still will because I have Thoughts, but then I read The Springsweet and I can't talk about anything else, so that's what you're getting.

Because this book is fantastic. I was a bit worried, in that sequel-to-a-good-book way. Will it live up to the first book? Will I wish the story had gone in another direction? Answer: yes, and no.

After the events of The Vespertine, Zora Stewart has to get away from Baltimo...more
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Saundra Mitchell is a longtime screenwriter and author. Random House's Delacorte Press published her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, on February 10th, 2009. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's will publish her next novel, The Vespertine in Spring 2011, with its companion novel, The Springsweet, following in Spring 2012.

For almost ten years, she was the sole screenwriter for the Book of Stories, On...more
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