Release Date: August 23rd, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
As a child, Gretchen’s twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch’s forest threatening to make them disappear, too.
Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They’re invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.
Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past — until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn’t gone — it’s lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak’s infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.
Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.
The world of Sweetly is undoubtedly sweet. With chocolates that wash away your fears and kitchen appliances in pastel candy colors, Sophia Kelly’s chocolatier is a place everyone will want to live in, even if the forest looms right beside it.
Gretchen and her brother Ansel have been kicked out by theuir stepmother, now that Gretchen is eighteen. The inseperable brother and sister have been trying to cope with the loss of their sister, mother, and father for years.
The best way in Gretchen’s mind was to leave Washington. And so the two of them hop into their car and drive off, only for their car to breakdown in a small town close to their destination.
So begins the new mysterious life in Sophia Kelly’s chocolatier. Gretchen has never felt safer or happier or loved in her life. That is until she meets Samuel and sea shells and darker secrets.
Never having read any of Jackson Pearce’s novels, Sweetly was a surprise for me. The world she had created in this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel was nothing like I expected. I loved Pearce’s simple writing style that flowed in its simplicity. The characters were throbbing with life and the world was pulsing with vivid imagery. The plot was moving at a pace of perfection, taking me along and never leaving me lagging behind.
Dive into Sweetly with a cup of tea. You’ll be looking for your very own small town chocolatier before you know it.