Sunday, November 2, 2008

Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast

Carolina Francesca Santoro, known as Lina, owns Pani Del Goddess bakery. A trendy bakery in Tulsa, OK. After meeting with her accountant, she finds that she owes the IRS a large amount of money.

Lina has an idea on how to save her bakery. Going through cookbooks to develop the idea, she comes across an Italian Goddess cookbook. It seems to have the perfect recipe for idea to save the bakery.

As Lina follows the recipe, she conjures up the goddess Demeter. She has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with her daughter Persephone, the Goddess of Spring. During the 6 months that they will be in each other bodies,Persephone will pay off the IRS dept threefold and Lina will give the Underworld some order and soothe the souls who are asking for a goddess of their own.

Lina meets Hades, the handsome, sexy, brooding Lord of the Underworld. Hades causes sparks to be ignited in Lina's Heart. But can the God of the Underworld love a mere mortal woman.
3 Stars: I liked it.
I like the fact that Lina is a woman in her forties. It is not her body that causes everyone in the Underworld to love her but her soul. What a nice message in a society that is obsessed with looks.

The reason I did not give it 4 Stars was the ending. I don't want to give to anything away, but I felt that P.C. Cast left too much to the imagination, instead of telling us what happens in the intervening years with Persephone, Lina, Hades and the bakery. I am afraid to say too much. I don't want to spoil the ending if anyone wants to read it.

I will read more in the Goddess Summoning series. I enjoyed this take on romance. I also want to read the Partholon series which is also by P. C. Cast.
Which cover is your favorite? Hades or Persephone?
Happy Reading


Julie L. said...

Thanks for the great review--I don't usually read this type of book, but I do like mythology, so I think I'll give it a try!

As for covers, I love the one with Persephone, it's so dreamy and light looking. I think that one of the reasons I don't read more of this genre is that I really don't like the "hunky male" covers very much and covers DO make a difference.

Ladytink_534 said...

I've always loved mythology and I only recently discovered the gods and goddesses in modern fiction which is really cool. I'll have to add this to my list. The Persephone cover is the best!

Pabast said...

Sorry it took long to respond back. I have been busy with work related responsibilities.

I also enjoy mythology and that is what caught my eye about this series. Cast weaves in the myths very nicely.

I also perfer the Persephone cover.