Book Review: The Witch of Willow Hall by @HesterBFox

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The Witch of Willow Hall Book Review
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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…


Review:

I requested The Witch of Willow hall without knowing much about it. I went in blind and I can finally say...WOW.

What an incredible read. I devoured this book, mostly at night and I found it to be hauntingly addictive. 

Right from the start, the author sets up the mystery. Leaving you wondering why Lydia and her family were driven from their home in Boston. 

At their new home, we find Lydia struggling with powers and an ancestry that she doesn’t know how to process or handle. She wants to be normal, she wants to be beautiful like her two sisters- specifically Catherine- who seems to covet the attention of any man that visits the house.

The sense of foreboding comes from the characters, but also from the setting. I could feel the coldness from the walls of the old Willow mansion seeping through the pages. I could sense the eyes from the paintings as I turned the pages. Certain parts game me genuine chills as I read this at night in the dark.
I found all of the characters in the book to be so authentic and I was honestly sad when I finished the book.

I loved that even though Catherine’s life seems to be most idyllic of all the sisters, she has her own demons to fight. Even though I hated how she treated Lydia, I found myself feeling sorry for her. In fact, I think the backstory with her brother could have been explored more. It really seemed like she had an overly romantic view of what happened in her past.

Mr. Barrett - can I have one, please? 

It was such an enthralling experience to follow alongside Lydia as she fights against her past and who she really is. To learn that if she wants to be truly happy she must accept ALL that she is. 

If you’re looking for a witch read for autumn then move this to the top of your pile! 

Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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