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
After the death of her fiance Thomas and her cousin Amelia, Zora Stewart is ready to get away from Baltimore. All it takes is one unexpected kiss at a party and she's off for the Oklahoma Territory to live with her aunt Birdie and younger cousin Louella until she "comes to her senses." While she is there, she discovers she has the power to sense the location of water, a useful power in such dry lands. In addit...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
“The Springsweet” is a companion novel to “The Vespertine,” and I didn’t realize this until I had begun reading. “The Vespertine” has been on my “to-read” list since it came out, and after reading “The Springsweet” it’s jumped a few notches up on the list. While there are references to “The Vespertine,” it’s not imperative that readers have read it first. Though, the background would have helped make more sense of some things up front.
Author Saundra Mitchell is a...more
Mrs. Stewart, sadly, wasn't in this one as much. However, she's in the beginning and continues on just as I expect, in the most satisfying combination of proper mom for the time period, and one who understands the confines of...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
The story of Zora is truly touching, yet heartening and entirely inspiring. Saundra’s writing approach delivered a very...more
From Baltimore, to the territories, Zora finds that her special gift is that of water. - I love that through the Vespertine and this the elements play a strong ro...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
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 loved this boo...more
I was really excited to spring back into this world after reading The Vespertine, even though I didn't absolutely love the first book. Also, with the ending, I was kind of upset when I found out that Amelia wouldn't be the narrator in this book, but also a bit intrigued. I really liked Zora in the first book.
After a while, I got sucked in. Zora changed a lot since the first book, due to her loss, but I really like...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
So the story begins with a journey, which is a common device used in Young Adult literature. However, Zora's journey is two-fold. The story opens in Baltimore, not long after the end of "The Vespertine," and Zora has made the decision to get out of...more
Zora is a brilliant character. She is selfish and everything about her character felt right. I really felt like I knew her, and her actions/reactions weren't shocking, but stayed true to her character. She isn't the only brilliant character either, I really enjoyed Emerson and some of the other se...more
As stated above, The Springsweet was interesti...more
Saundra does a wonderful job of painting a picture, so you feel like you're actually there. Zora is a strong character, who suffers horrendous heartbreak and eventually moves forward with her life. Like Amel...more
Zora is still mourning the loss of her fiance, and just can't seem to let go. She debates simply picking a widower to marry as a way to somewhat force herself to move on, but she finally decides to move west to help he...more
I like how Theo ended up with Birdie in the end too, that was a good thing. He was too kind to just leave in the dust. But I will admit that I would be more like Zora and be attracted more towards Emerson. I like that name.
I just love this whole story. I am a softy for books of young love from 'back in the day' as I call it. It's so innocent and sweet. Even with a headache I couldn't put this book down!
Royal Wakes was the the little suspense that kept appearing in the book a...more
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For almost ten years, she was the sole screenwriter for the Book of Stories, On...more