The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair by Natasha Hastings
Genre: MG Fantasy
Length: 368 Pages
Publishing: 1st November 2022
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 . . . ?
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.
I was already aware of The Miraculous Sweetmakers Frost Fair as it was on my wishlist to buy and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the email about a book blog tour from The Write Reads I signed up straight away hoping that I get the chance to read it before being published. A bight thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an E-Arc you have one big hit on your hands I still put a pre-order in as I really want to see the illustrations and read it in it's full glory. To Natasha Hastings I can't comprehend that this stunning Middle Grade is your debut as it reads like someone who is so comfortable in their writing style.
If you were expecting spoilers I am afraid you will not get them from me instead go read the book you will not be disappointed especially if you are looking for all things spooky, atmospheric, strong friendship, historical, fantasy, London and the Thames written as if it was a main character and a villain then this book will totally give you that by the bucket load and then some.
One subject I found beautifully written about is grief and how it can be all consuming the main character of Thomasina and her family. This storyline resonated with me so much that even though it was painful for me to read I could see that Natasha treated this subject so beautifully and eloquently. As I write this review i welled up. For all these reasons I am giving this wonderful debut 5 stars. I can't wait to read what comes next and they will be auto buys