Friday, November 8, 2019

Audio Book Review: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Release Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin audio
Format: Audio
Length: 12 hours 59 minutes
Narrator: Lauren Ezzo
Genre: Fantasy/romance
Buy: Audible | Kindle 


Synopsis: 

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.

Review:

I really loved the feel of this book, the scenes were beautifully written with a Gothic feel that kept me listening.  The Witchy aspect of this book wasn't front and center, it was more of an aside which I found refreshing. More of the drama came from the relationship between Catherine and Lydia, sisters in 1821 who are both struggling with their future.  Catherine is the beauty of the family but rumors have led the family to flee Boston to New Oldbury. The scandal also caused the Lydia's engagement to be dissolved.

Now in a small town the family is trying to find their place amid the scandal. The three girls are also trying to navigate small town life.  Catherine seems almost desperate to find a suitor and Lydia feels destined to always live in her beautiful sisters shadow as a plain Jane.  Emeline loves their new home and finds herself lost in her fantasies in her search for mermaids.

There are ghosts and strange things that go on in Willow Hall but it is not center stage to the story until closer to the end of the book. The writing made you feel like you were there and I often found myself lost and feeling the damp wind on my face and the first raindrops falling.  After some research I discovered that this is a debut novel! I am definitely going to be seeking out this authors other books.

The narrator also really portrayed the two sisters well, I could hear the fights in my head like they were happening in the next room.





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