The Springsweet

The Springsweet

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Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiance, 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 where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land. Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 054760842X
  • 9780547608426
  • 602,503

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Praise for "The Springsweet" "A lovely historical romance. . . . The author conjures a convincing picture of life on the Oklahoma prairie, painting an absorbing portrait of the landscape and of the people there. . . . A high-quality, absorbing drama."--"Kirkus Reviews" ""The Springsweet" will steal your heart. Zora is a wounded heroine who had me cheering as she rediscovers the strength she thought she'd lost. Blend in a smoldering, yet refreshingly subtle hero, and add a twist of magic and you have a perfect romance in the Old West with another of Saundra Mitchell's signature rich and nuanced historic settings!"--Aprilynne Pike, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Wings" and "Spells" "I didn't think YA historicals could get better than "The Vespertine." "The Springsweet" proved me wrong. This is a gorgeous, unputdownable book that will stay with you long after it's through. Saundra Mitchell just gets better and better."--Sarah MacLean, NYT and USA Today bestselling Author of "Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake" and "Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord" "With Saundra Mitchell's trademark evocative and gorgeous language, The Springsweet takes us across the plains, where the people thirst for love just as the land thirsts for water. I never wanted this book to end!"--Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" best-selling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series Praise for "The Vespertine: " "[A] richly conceived historical romance. . . . Fans of Libba Bray's A" Great and Terrible Beauty" will find themselves enchanted by this atmospheric tale."--"Bulletin" "Equal parts vivid period detail, gothic melodrama, and foreboding premonitions coming true . . . an absorbing tale."--"Booklist" "Written in a passionate, inviting voice, The Vespertine is a rich, historical novel of otherworldly power, forbidden romance, and questionable motives." --Aprilynne Pike, "New York Times" Bestselling Author of "Wings" and "Spells" "Sheer pleasure from beginning to end."--Teshow more

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749 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 30% (223)
4 34% (253)
3 27% (205)
2 7% (50)
1 2% (18)

Our customer reviews

Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) 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 the change in her. I was really sad for her in the beginning of the book, but after a while she met two guys who could potentially be the one after Thomas. When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it. Historical Romance is definitely one of my favorite genres now. I've liked what I've read of Historical Romance, but I haven't read that much of it, but I definitely will be now! I love the late 1800s, with all the courting and seasons. It's so romantic! Imagine if we were back in that time period and a kiss was either a ruin or a way of marking someone as your own. Sealing your fate with a kiss! It's so romantic! Gah! The writing and descriptions were so beautiful. They painted a vivid picture in my mind and I was so sucked in that I didn't even see anything in the world around me! The chapters are so long it seems, but so much happens and the book seems longer than 275 pages, which isn't a bad thing. It as really good with this book! I want more! I want more Zora and Emerson, and I'm so happy with the last line on the book! But at the same time I was like, "IT CAN'T END LIKE THIS!!". I'm really looking forward to what is going to happen in the third book. There isn't a summary or anything yet on it, so I'll definitely be looking out for that, but I really hope it's with Amelia and Zora! If it's another narrator, I think I may cry and be very upset. Zora is definitely my favorite of the two! And gah, I'm so intrigued by these random magics that are in these books. In the first book, Amelia has a gift of seeing into the future at sunset, and in this book Zora finds an infinity for water, which is AWESOME. And another special someone, I'm not saying who, has an infinity for the earth and can make flowers, and gardens grow! Overall, this was a really great book. I really enjoyed it and I'm very eager to find out about the third book. I wish it was out. I don't have the luxury of finishing one and starting on the next anymore. If you like historical romance, this is definitely the series for you! =)show more
by Amanda
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