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
[I received an ARC from @harleyquinpublicityteam for an honest review]
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox is an enchanting story to say the least. The synopsis is vague and I’m glad because it was thrilling to uncover all the secret in the book without anything being spoiled. Therefore, I won’t be going into the plot line in my review.
Hester Fox painted the New England setting perfectly. As someone who grew up and lives next door to Salem Massachusetts, this book felt like home. I could picture the small town of New Oldbury and the trails through the woods. Hester also brought the characters to life, whether it was to love them or hate them. Lydia Montrose is a quiet book lover who hides her true self. She thinks little of herself and is always doing her best to clean up her sisters messes. I am not sure I would have been so kind or as forgiving as she was towards her sister Catherine. Catherine’s character is horrible, spoiled, conniving and vicious. I understand she is necessary for the plot line but I wish she could have had at least one redeemable quality. On the other hand, Emeline is full of life and warmth that you just want to reach into the book and give a hug to. Lastly the other character that made an imprint on me is Mr.Barrett, who is quiet, intellect and kind.
The Witch of Willow Hall is a great tale of ghosts, secrets and magic. I look forward to reading more from Hester Fox in the future.
“Prepare for what lies ahead“