Into the Woods

by Linda Jones

Love Spell, February, 2001.
Paperback, 310 pages.
ISBN: 0505524287
Subgenre: Historical Paranormal

Into the Woods by Linda Jones Linda Jones does a masterful job of re-writing the classic fairytale, Hansel and Gretel in this charming historical fantasy. In 1875 Tanglewood, Mississippi, Matilda Candy is known as the local witch. Matilda lives alone in an isolated location and makes her living by selling her homemade sweets, rose water and creams to the local grocer. She also sells her beauty creams to the local belles. Two very impudent twins, Hansen and Gretchen, always visit the witch and try to snitch some of Matilda's delicious toffees, caramels or cherry pie. Declan Harper is the newcomer in town; he's rich, he's handsome, and he has set his sights on marrying the most beautiful girl in the county, Vanessa Arrington. Declan visits Matilda to obtain a love potion, but as Matilda's grandmother warns her, love potions are dangerous things to meddle with. Will the love potions that Matilda brews up work on their intended subjects, or will Matilda get caught up in her own magic?

Into the Woods is the latest entry in Love Spell's popular Faerie Tale Romance imprint. It is a charming and funny retelling of the popular fairy tale, which turns everything you thought you knew about the story upside down and backwards. With an appealing hero and heroine, and just the right touch of magic, Into the Woods is a delightful book with which to while away an afternoon.

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This review was published in the March, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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