Spells for Forgetting: A Novel

Spells for Forgetting: A Novel by Adrienne Young

Title:  Spells for Forgetting: A Novel 
Author: Adrienne Young 
Publisher:  Delacorte Press - Random House Publishing Group
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Women's Fiction 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 351
Date of US Publication: 27 September, 2022
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

I absolutely fell in love with the gorgeous herbal magic of this book, the story was interesting, the writing was transfixing and powerful, and ooh, this was just fantastic. 

I really enjoyed the multi character POV (main and side), friends to lovers, the apt descriptions of life off the coast on a Washington island (we lived on one for a few years), and the pacing of the story. 

Put time aside when you start this one, you’ll need it because you won’t want to stop reading. 

eARC kindly provided by Delacorte Press, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


“Lush with secrets, magic, and a past that won’t stay where it belongs, this novel is (quite fittingly) spellbinding.”—JODI PICOULT, author of Wish You Were Here

New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young comes a deeply atmospheric story about ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at true love.

Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence on the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and running the family’s business, Blackwood’s Tea Shoppe Herbal Tonics & Tea Leaf Readings. But when the island, rooted in folklore and magic, begins to show signs of strange happenings, Emery knows that something is coming. The morning she wakes to find that every single tree on Saoirse has turned color in a single night, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that the town has tried desperately to forget.

August knows he is not welcome on Saiorse, not after the night everything changed. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from his past that has never healed—Emery. But the town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises spanning generations threaten to reveal the truth behind Lily’s mysterious death once and for all.


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