Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves
Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed
aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing
ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a
“springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of
holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.
Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water.
Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving
and start living.
A lovely historical romance. . . . The author conjures a convincing picture of life on the Oklahoma prairie, painting an absorbing portrait of the landscape and of the people there. . . . A high-quality, absorbing drama.""--Kirkus Reviews
will steal your heart. Zora is a wounded heroine who had me cheering as she rediscovers the strength she thought she'd lost. Blend in a smoldering, yet refreshingly subtle hero, and add a twist of magic and you have a perfect romance in the Old West with another of Saundra Mitchell's signature rich and nuanced historic settings!""—Aprilynne Pike, #1 NYT best-selling author of the Wings
""I didn't think YA historicals could get better than The Vespertine. The Springsweet proved me wrong. This is a gorgeous, unputdownable book that will stay with you long after it's through. Saundra Mitchell just gets better and better.""—Sarah MacLean, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author of Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
""With Saundra Mitchell’s trademark evocative and gorgeous language, The Springsweet takes us across the plains, where the people thirst for love just as the land thirsts for water. I never wanted this book to end!""—Carrie Ryan, NYT best-selling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series Praise for The Vespertine:
""[A] richly conceived historical romance. . . . Fans of Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty
will find themselves enchanted by this atmospheric tale.""—Bulletin
""Equal parts vivid period detail, gothic melodrama, and foreboding premonitions coming true . . . an absorbing tale.""—Booklist
""Written in a passionate, inviting voice, The Vespertine
is a rich, historical novel of otherworldly power, forbidden romance, and questionable motives.""—Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Wings
""Sheer pleasure from beginning to end."" —TeenReads.com ""I savored every word of The Vespertine
; I knew it was an amazing book from the first page and I was entranced until the very last.""—Carrie Ryan, New York Times Bestselling Author of the critically-acclaimed The Forest of Hands and Teeth
and The Dead-Tossed Waves