It’s the month for tales of witches and other ghostly goings on. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox brings a tale of a young woman who only just learns her power. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
About The Witch of Willow Hall:
Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.
Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.
New Oldbury, 1821
In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.
The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.
All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…
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About the Author:
Hester Fox has a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has cleaned and cared for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a Master’s in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband and their two cats.
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This is a tale of a family that moves out of the city due a scandal surrounding the eldest daughter, Catherine. They move to a somewhat more rural location but the townspeople still whisper. Catherine is a beauty and also a bit of a shrew. Lydia, the second daughter is a more bookish girl. She lost her fiance due to the scandal although she was not overly distraught at this. Emaline, the last daughter is still a child.
As the family settles in the girls meet their father’s business partner and Lydia finds herself attracted to him. Her sister, an inveterate flirt does what she can to keep his interest while also ensnaring his friend. For Catherine cannot let Lydia have anything. But this is more than a tale of sisters and the jealousies that occur. This is a story of strange happenings and spirits and a legacy passed from mother to daughter.
There is no reading this book and trying to reconcile it to any kind of reality so don’t try. Just sit down, settle in and enjoy what is a truly engrossing story. It’s a slow building romance, it’s a family drama, it’s a tale of sisters – with one being creepy-evil and one being sweet with an unexpected temper that can really manifest in unexpected ways.
I started reading and was still reading at 2 in the morning and only stopped because I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I just found myself so involved in the world of Willow Hall that I didn’t care about the things that weren’t based in reality. It’s a perfect book for a dark and stormy night. Just curl up under a fuzzy blanket with a cup of cocoa and immerse yourself in the world of Catherine and Lydia of Willow Hall.
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