by P. C. Cast

August 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19749-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Carolina Santoro is in desperate trouble. She owes a ton of money to the IRS because of a screw up by her accountant. In a state of shock, she tries to figure out how to make her bakery more profitable and more popular than they all ready are. She reaches for her Italian cookbooks. She knows that the secret to her success has to be found in one of them.

When she finds a recipe in the Italian Goddess cookbook, she follows it to the letter. In minutes, she is being offered a unique opportunity. Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest, wants to have Lina exchange bodies with her daughter, Persephone, the Goddess of Spring. Persephone would help get the bakery back into the black and Lina could help bring some order and light to the Underworld. How can Lina pass up this chance? She agrees.

Of course, she isnít counting on the fact that Hades, Lord of the Underworld, happens to be the best-looking man or god she has ever seen. She never thought she would find the Underworld so beautiful or that the creatures and spirits residing there would become a part of her heart. Now, Linaís challenge is to bring spring to the Underworld without losing her heart to the brooding god.

P.C. Cast has written another wonderfully empowering story about a woman who finds the goddess hiding inside her. Lina is a mature woman who has lived her life making her dreams come true. She has given up on love because she doesnít think thereís a man out there who could love her for her soul. When she goes to the Underworld, she learns she has what it takes to make others happy while not compromising her beliefs. Castís Hades is a truly sensitive man, not the cold and cruel god he has always been portrayed as. He wants to be loved for the soul inside him. He learns to reach out for what he wants. The glimpses into the spirits and places in the Underworld prove that Cast has done her homework on Greek mythology. The secondary characters are just as engaging as Hades and Lina. I look forward to Ms. Castís next Goddess installment.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Jenni.

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