We’re delighted to be sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts with you today for The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox.
This a debut novel that impressed Alice-Jane and she’s eager for more from this author.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ (18 Oct. 2018)
Years after the Salem witch trials one witch remains. She just doesn’t know it… yet.
Growing up Lydia Montrose knew she was descended from the legendary witches of Salem but was warned to never show the world what she could do and so slowly forgot her legacy. But Willow Hall has awoken something inside her…
1821: Having fled family scandal in Boston Willow Hall seems an idyllic refuge from the world, especially when Lydia meets the previous owner of the house, John Barrett.
But a subtle menace haunts the grounds of Willow Hall, with strange voices and ghostly apparitions in the night, calling to Lydia’s secret inheritance and leading to a greater tragedy than she could ever imagine.
Can Lydia confront her inner witch and harness her powers or is it too late to save herself and her family from the deadly fate of Willow Hall?
Available to purchase in digital and audiobook format from 2nd October and paperback 18th October 2018.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Witch of Willow Hall- it was such a compelling read making it difficult to put down!
Although the main theme of the book is considered to be witchcraft the trials of family relationships with honour, duty, and what is considered to be correct via society’s standards, weigh heavily upon all the characters.
Hestor Fox writes with a keen perspective on the world of women during the 1800’s, focusing on a women’s shame if she’s left unmarried, and how in a scandal the male figures are unscathed.
The concept of this shame is a major driving force for all the family, leaving Fox’s protagonist Lydia feeling burdened on behalf of her sister.
Fox is a brilliant writer- creating a world unknown, through descriptive flowing language that is compelling as it is articulate.
I cannot wait for another novel!
Hester Fox comes to writing from a background 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 artefacts, to early American furniture.
She is a keen painter and 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 and two cats.
The Witch of Willow Hall is her debut novel.
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