Title: The Witch of Willow Hall
Author: Hester Fox
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
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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…
TW: Death of a pet, death of a loved one, suicidal ideation/suicide attempt
This is one that I wanted to love more than I did.
This was an atmospheric book, but it was more of a ghost story than a witchy read and I was looking for the witchy aspect. I almost wish the witchy aspect wasn’t included, especially since it doesn’t show up until the 70ish% mark.
That being said, I think if you know you’re not getting much of the Willow Hall Witch, you’ll find yourself enjoying this one, especially if you like historical fiction or period ghost stories.
The overall plot was pretty slow and character driven, but if you’re in the mood for it, it’s one that can be oddly hypnotic. This was also a pretty dark book. There was a surprising amount of death and violence in this book, especially for the bleak and melancholic tone this book had.
I think it just boils down to this one not being a book for me. That being said I did want to include one positive for the way witchcraft was portrayed in this book. While there are some parts that edge on the supernatural, there was also a lot of herb use and looking at the witches as healers.
**HUGE thank you to NetGalley and HARLEQUIN/Graydon House Books for providing me with an advance copy for review!**
3 thoughts on “The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox | Mini ARC Review”
Great review and I agree; this was a book I wanted to love but I was expecting something different based on the title & synopsis and wound up disappointed. It’s a good book, but not the best marketing imo.
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Thank you! And definitely, I think the marketing is really what hampered my enjoyment!
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