The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: The Montrose family moves out of Boston in 1821 to escape a scandal and start anew. Their new town of New Oldbury is much smaller than Boston and the three sisters have a hard time adjusting. The house they move into, Willow Hall, holds many dark secrets that change the sisters.
Summary: This was an excellent gothic novel. It had witches, ghosts, ghost witches… All the good paranormal stuff. I liked that the magic was a bit of a grey area rather than straight black and white. I would have liked to know more about the actual magic, it’s mainly accidental in the book as Lydia does not know she has any witchy powers. When she does learn about her powers I felt it was fairly vague. Just like oh she read in a book her mom gave her and now she knows. I would have liked more.
The book is pretty marriage seeking focused, which makes sense for the time period and situation. A lot of the plot revolves around the sisters trying to find husbands or thinking about potential love interests. I didn’t mind it, but I could see how it wouldn’t be super appealing to some readers. I wouldn’t think supernatural would flow well with that but I think they mixed well.
There were some really sad moments in the book and the characters wrestle with grief. The book has a lot of dark themes within it as well. But it never felt too dark, if you know what I mean.
I do feel like the more supernatural problems were resolved a little too easily. I think it was mainly once Lydia understood the problem, she was able to solve it. I also wish it was more clear about the dark energy that would overcome Lydia and almost control her actions. It was just made clear what that energy was not.
Recommendation: This was a cool witch story, definitely unique from anything else I’ve read. I liked it a lot and think it’s a good supernatural gothic story.
2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A ghost story