This story surprised me! Visually, it’s an enchanting magical story vividly told with beautiful details. But it also has a ribbon of sadness throughout, as Thomasina mourns her twin brother and seeks to bring him back from the dead. The author’s knowledge of the time period adds depth to Thomasina’s family and neighbors. A wonderful historical fantasy!— Jamie
A heartwarming and magical adventure, The Frost Fair is a dazzling historical fantasy perfect for fans of Frozen and Serafina and the Black Cloak.
It's winter, 1683, and the Great Frost has swept into London.
By day, thirteen-year-old Thomasina and her friend Anne peddle sweets on the frozen river, hearing rumors of the magical Frost Fair that awakens there at night. They say if you can find it, Father Winter himself will grant any wish you have.
And Thomasina has an impossible wish: the return of her twin brother, whose death left her family fractured.
But once they discover Father Winter’s icy kingdom, Thomasina and Anne quickly realize the Frost Fair isn’t exactly what it seems… and that some wishes never come for free.
With a delightful fantasy setting and unique magic system, The Frost Fair is an enchanting look at the power of friendship, the way grief shapes all of us, and how love can warm even the coldest heart.
Natasha Hastings started developing The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair while studying history at Cambridge University, where she focused on gender and mental illness. While exploring these topics, she became determined to have the lives of working women, as well as their experiences of mental illness in this period, form the heartbeat of her debut book, The Frost Fair.
“A gripping, atmospheric, fantastical tale of atonement.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[A] blend of historical fiction and frigid fantasy characterizes Hastings’s debut… crystalline prose deftly conjures the protagonist’s guilt-laden internality alongside historical topics, including views on, and treatment of, mental health.” — Publishers Weekly