TGIF book lovers!
Today I am delighted to share with you my review for this magical book! Another fabulous group read with my BOOK BESTIES💕
Reading really is a team sport! So much more enjoyable when you do it with friends, I strongly recommend!
Beautiful, atmospheric, and haunting….. this was an exquisitely told debut…Hester Fox has wovin together this Gothic story of heartbreak and hope effortlessly…. as soon as I opened the cover of this book I found myself transported into the lives of the Montrose Family… finding myself in the middle of A scandal and the gloom and magic of Willow Hall….
This was not the story of a witch, but rather the story of Lydia Who just so happens to be a witch…. The witchcraft in this book was very under played and subtle, something I felt worked extremely well… Lydia was such a remarkable and charming character… Believe me I love hocus-pocus and spells as much as the next person, but I think that would have overshadowed the quiet beauty of Lydia… she just was one of those characters that reaches inside you and grabs a little piece of your heart…. you just feel everything she feels, because she is so authentic and worthy…. any book that can evoke feelings in me about a character, is an absolute bonus in my book!
Lydia, along with her parents and two sisters Catherine and Emeline leave Boston in the wake of a scandal…. Willow Hall is where they find refuge… but is the house haunted? There is definitely an eerie air of mystery about the place….
This truly was a story of family and The complexities within…. Catherine, Lydia’s older sister was a extremely colorful character…. she was definitely a worthy villain, the sister nobody wants to have… I was fortunate enough to have an author Q & A with Hester Fox… One of my questions was: who is your favorite character in this book? and her answer was Catherine, and I can see that she would be fun to write!
This truly was a magical book, not in the way of the supernatural, but in the way of storytelling…. there really is a little bit of everything in this book…. a little romance, A little witchcraft, a little taboo, a little haunting, A little tragedy, a little scandal…. A book with a beautiful ending that will leave you heartbroken and yet still hopeful!
Absolutely recommend to fans of Gothic historical fiction, who love character driven stories with a bit of a slow burn…
*** many thanks to Graydon House for my copy of this book ***
About the Book
Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.
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…
“Hester Fox’s THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL offers a fascinating location, a great plot with history and twists, and haracters that live and breathe. I love the novel, and will be looking forward to all new works by this talented author!” –Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author
“Beautifully written, skillfully plotted, and filled with quiet terror, readers will devour this absorbing, Gothic tale of romance and suspense. Perfect for fans of Simone St James and Kate Morton.” — Anna Lee Huber, the national bestselling author of the historical Lady Darby Mysteries
“Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot full of suspense and mystery, The Witch of Willow Hall will cast a spell over every reader.” — Lisa Hall, author of Tell Me No Lies and Between You and Me
“I was entranced by this intriguing and spellbinding novel with its messages of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are. I hope Hester Fox goes on to write many more such novels–I for one will be buying them.” — Kathleen McGurl, author of The Girl from Ballymor
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