The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassell by Alyssa Palombo

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When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.

But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position.

Enlisting the help of her friend – and rumored witch – Charlotte Jansen, Katrina seeks the truth of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance, investigating the forest around Sleepy Hollow using unconventional – often magical – means. What they find forces Katrina to question everything she once knew, and to wonder if the Headless Horseman is perhaps more than just a story after all. In Alyssa Palombo’s The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel nothing is as it seems, and love is a thing even death won’t erase. 


[I received a digital arc from netgalley for an honest review]

I love a good retelling and this one was wonderful. I don’t think I have ever read the actual story of Sleepy Hallow. I remembered the gist of it from when I was young, aspects such as the headless horseman and Ichabod crane but that’s as far as my knowledge went. Now I have an urge to go read the original but I doubt I will love it as much I loved this story.

This retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is told from the perspective of Katrina Van Tassell. The reader is able to experience her joy and love for Ichabod, and her utter devastation when he disappears. Her feelings are so real it heartbreaking and the ending to her tale is bittersweet. The story had a good amount of steamy scenes that were romantic and didn’t feel out of place in this story of love and tragedy. The author does a wonderful job of weaving spooky sleepy hallow legends throughout the story line without it feeling forced.

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassell by Alyssa Palombo had me lost in its pages and I couldn’t put it down. It’s a love story with witches, murder and a headless horseman. I couldn’t have asked for more and I highly recommend it.

 “God and the devil together forbid I shall ever be without you again ,” he murmured. “A life without you would be no life at all.”


” The lovers in the song were star-crossed, and separated, but it was not forever.”




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