#Review: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox @hesterbfox @HQStories @Sarah_Goodey #TheWitchofWillowHall #Haunting
Release date - 2nd October 2018
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - HQ
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I want to thank Sarah Goodey from HQ for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
"It was the Bishop boy who started it all..."
Boston, 1811: The Salem Witch Trials are over one hundred years in the past, and America is a changed place. Lydia Montrose is a young girl, enraged by the cruel boy who torments her. When she confronts him in the street, she draws a disbelieving crowd, and she cannot quite remember what she's done.
Ten years later, Lydia finds herself in a carriage bound for the rural New Oldbury, Massachusetts, her family fleeing Boston in the wake of a scandal connected to her older sister, Catherine, her own engagement to a promising young man abruptly broken.
The stately Willow Hall, which Mr. Montrose built as a summer retreat for his family, is now the only home the Montroses can have. Lydia resents that she's lost everything. But her resentment turns to disquiet when it becomes apparent that Willow Hall hides dark secrets that no one in the Montrose family could have predicted, like the ominous messages Lydia keeps receiving: "You attract them. Prepare." And Mr. Montrose's handsome business partner, John Barrett, seems to begrudge that Mr. Montrose has brought his family with him to Willow Hall.
When whatever lurks in the house and its surrounding woods does the unthinkable, Lydia knows she is the only one who can stop it. Summoning powers she barely understands, Lydia must engage the forces around her to keep her family safe, while protecting the blossoming love she has with John--who has secrets of his own.
Dark, eerie, and with a gothic edge, THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL by Hester Fox is a story that will mesmerise from the beginning and hold your attention to the very end.
The Montrose family never planned to move from Boston city to their summer home of Willow Hall in the small village of New Oldbury but with a scandal surrounding their eldest daughter, they have no choice. The youngest daughter sees nothing but excitement and the possibility of mermaids hiding in the pond, while the eldest sulks that she has been taken away to live in such a backwater. But it is the middle daughter Lydia which feels something strange in the echoes of Willow Hall that calls to her own power. As they all try to make the best of things, new acquaintances are made and even the flutters of romance are felt for some, but Willow Hall has a message and it will do what it must to make itself known.
With secrets, power, lies, and grief, THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL by Hester Fox is a haunting tale of magic, loss and discovering oneself. Lydia is a character that connects with the reader is such a way that you feel you know her, you want to help her figure it all out, and you want her to find happiness and fulfilment. The atmosphere from the start is tense and foreboding and I know I spent most of my time reading, on edge, always waiting for what was to come. But it isn't all dark, as there are moments of touching emotion, camaraderie, and love which will make you feel a lump in your throat too.
I'm not sure what I expected from THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL by Hester Fox but I could not put this book down and I highly recommend it to historical fiction fans everywhere.
Hester comes to writing from a background in museum work and historical archaeology. She loves the Gothic, the lurid, the dark...so long as the ending is a happy one. She has never seen a ghost, though she remains hopeful.
Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband. THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL is her first novel.
For more information:
Website - www.hesterfox.com
Twitter - twitter.com/hesterbfox
Facebook - www.facebook.com/authorhesterfox/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/trotfoxwrite/
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