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by Hester Fox
Released: October 2, 2018
Published by Graydon House
“THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL is a fantastic debut!”
~ Under the Covers
I have been picking up debut authors more and more this year! This one seemed like a perfect one to try because what’s better than a bit of a gothic romance about a Salem witch descendant to read before Halloween, am I right?
THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL captivated me from the very start. The Montrose family has moved away from Boston after an incestuous scandal ruined their standing in good society. They are living on a property that their father bought from his business partner, Mr. Barrett, on Willow Hall. Emeline is the youngest sister, Catherine is the oldest and the one always getting (herself and her family) in trouble. And our heroine, Lydia, is the middle sister. The one who has to deal with being the responsible mother to her younger sister when her mother can’t handle it. The one that has to clean up after her older sisters mistakes. The one used to not getting what she wants. Except, for once, she wants something. Someone. But Willow Hall awakens something long dormant inside of her and she has to face the reality of her past and the heartbreak of her future.
Everything about this book set the perfect tone for what I was expecting. It’s atmospheric, with brooding characters and even some morally questionable situations. I found the author gave us the right amount of balance between developing the plot, the romance and the witchcraft elements. Nothing ever felt overpowering the other and I thought they all worked quite nicely to just give this book an eerie, spooky vibe. Not scary.
But I have to mention the romance because it’s so adorable! I loved Mr. Barrett and how stuffy he can seem. I love how Lydia is tentative around him. They were so perfect together and I loved every interaction and how their bond grows throughout the story.
THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL is a fantastic debut! I can’t wait to see what Ms. Fox writes next.
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