Book Review: Spells for Forgetting

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Title: Spells for Forgetting
Author: Adrienne Young
Publication Date: 2022
Publishing House: Delacorte Press

I got this book from Book of the Month as an additional book for my birthday. I read it in a cabin on a rainy spring weekend. My setting was not required but it did add something extra.


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. 

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.

This book is a weekend read, perfect for curling up with while the outside world it cold or wet. A book for fall, for winter, and for quiet days. The tale is a love story in a place that should be the lovers should want to go to, not the one that they wish to run away from.

August never wanted to return, he wanted to keep the past the past. Secrets thought, have a way of coming out, they have a way of being told. Emery’s world shattered and she settled with the familiar, the safe route after a broken heart, a broken town, and shattered dreams.

Starlings in the trees with dark eyes and iridescent plumage, a chilly wind coming off Puget Sound to carry omens, the trees shifting from green to golden-red in a night. This book pulls the reader in and immerses them into a beautiful and dark town. Secrets emerge in bits and pieces through the ever swirling mist.

I suggest this book for those that like the darker side of cottagecore, for those that enjoy romance that’s not over the top and for those that just want an enjoyable read. If you read this book, I’d love to know what you think. Happy reading.

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