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The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair
Author: Natasha Hastings
Pages: 368
Genre:
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: 1st November 2022

Preorder the Book: Amazon

Thank you The Write Reads, the publisher and the author for a spot on the blog tour and a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


Synopsis

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 . . . ?


My Review

I love everything about The Miraculous Sweetmakers, from the icy magic to the beautiful friendships to the point where it was impossible to put down. During the middle of the book the pace did slow down a bit for me, but it quickly picked back up and I thoroughly enjoyed it until the very end. After reading this absolute gem of a book, I am definitely ready for winter to properly set in now!

The story is truly magical and it’s easy to get lost within this Wintery world. I feel like I can easily imagine all the wonderful things such as the buildings, the frozen river, the mystical people and even the sweet treats that Thomasina & Anna make. I would love to visit The Frost Fair and see all the amazing stalls that the surrounding businesses set up on the River Thames. It just really reminds me of visiting the Christmas markets and I was just in awe of it all. The Other Frost Fair was just as magical but it had a slightly darker tone to it which really fit with the story and made it really interesting. I love all the ups and downs of this story, it’s incredibly moving but it’s also fun, adventurous and just really entertaining.

What puts this aside from other middle grade books I’ve read is how the author has brought death, grief and mental illness into it without it being too much for younger readers. This made it really intriguing for me and just added a bit of realism to this fantastic fantasy.

Thomasina was an absolute delight to read about, I love how strong she is throughout the whole book despite her life basically turning upside down around her. It’s heartwarming to see how much she loves her family and also her new friends she meets along the way. There are plenty of other great characters but I just really liked Thomasina and I loved following her story.

Overall, The Miraculous Sweetmakers is the perfect book to read this winter if you are looking for a fun, magical read! I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy so I haven’t seen all the illustrations but I bet they will just be as miraculous as the book, I really can’t wait to see them!

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

About the Author

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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Manchester blogger with a passion for reading, writing and travelling. I always have a book or a cup of tea in my hand.

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