Spells for Lost Things (Hardcover)

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This is the most charming girl-meets-boy-and-breaks-family-curse meet-cute I've read in ages. I loved the interwoven family histories with contemporary Salem, Willow, and Mason. The supporting cast was delightful--the French cousin, the scheming great-aunts, the foster family, and the moms. Oh the moms--each struggling so hard against their own demons, and to do the right thing for Willow and Mason. There was so much depth and richness to these characters; and the sweet, slow-burn romance between W & M was perfect. I love this book for all seasons, not just the witching ones!

— From Ashleigh


From the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato comes a poignant and “beguiling” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) novel about two teens trying to find their place in the world after being unceremoniously dragged to Salem, Massachusetts, for the summer.

Willow has never felt like she belonged anywhere and is convinced that the only way to find a true home is to travel the world. But her plans to act on her dream are put on hold when her aloof and often absent mother drags Willow to Salem, Massachusetts, to wrap up the affairs of an aunt Willow didn’t even know she had. An aunt who may or may not have been a witch.

There, she meets Mason, a loner who’s always felt out of place and has been in and out of foster homes his entire life. He’s been classified as one of the runaways, constantly searching for ways to make it back to his mom; even if she can’t take care of him, it’s his job to try and take care of her. Isn’t it?

Naturally pulled to one another, Willow and Mason set out across Salem to discover the secret past of Willow’s mother, her aunt, and the ambiguous history of her family. During all of this, the two can’t help but act on their connection. But with the amount of baggage between them—and Willow’s growing conviction her family might be cursed—can they manage to hold onto each other?

About the Author

Jenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Love & GelatoLove & Luck, and Love & Olives. When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two young children. Visit her online at JennaEvansWelch.com.

Praise For…

* "Welch utilizes an extraordinary sense of place, a lightly magical story line, and the healing power of love—both familial and romantic—to great effect."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

A magical romance with a strong sense of place and a focus on family...[r]eaders will fall under the spell of this lightly magical, thoroughly enjoyable romance.
— Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781534448872
ISBN-10: 153444887X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 27th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English