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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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Fly Girl’s Review:

This one sounded interesting and fit in with my schedule this month so I decided to try it.  It was alright.  Not great, but alright.  I did finish it although it took me much longer to read it than it would normally take to read a book of this length.  There was no catch in the first few chapters and frankly I wasn’t even sure where she was going with the story until about half way through the book.

The heroine is timid as is the norm for historical romances, but not because of society, rather because of what her mother says to her early in childhood.  She is a witch and no one wants a witch in their family during this period.  On top of it, the older sister has an incestuous relationship with the brother.  There is lots of tragedy and the sister is constantly trying to thwart Lydia and it all seems so Pride and Prejudice with paranormal elements in it that I kind of wanted to keep putting it down and not pick it up.  There are lot of twists and turns in the story to keep it a bit exciting, but don’t be surprised when she finally quits playing the fool because it happens so quickly you hardly notice it.

I would say if you love Pride and Prejudice and love paranormal romance this book is definitely for you.  I do love the pond.  She creates a character out of water which is a little fascinating on it its own. Enjoy the twists and turns and the complicated plot, but don’t expect to get sucked into this one.  It is a good Halloween romance though.

3.5 of 5 Propellers

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When not writing and painting, Hester works in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters, to ancient artifacts, to early American furniture. She has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband.

Hester is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret