The Springsweet (The Vespertine #2)
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
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...more
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
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
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 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
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
First let me...more
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
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...more
The heroine is Zora Stewart, a secondary character from The Vespertine, whose fiancé died tragically a year ago. Zora’s mother...more
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
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
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
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
((view spoiler)[ Also, I did forget the fact that Amelia was "dead" but as you know... (hide spoiler)] )
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
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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
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
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
I loved this boo...more
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
For almost ten years, she was the sole screenwriter for the Book of Stories, On...more