The Witch of Willow Hall
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…
haunting and fascinating
"The Witch of Willow Hall" was a fascinating book, perfect for Fall! Lydia is the middle daughter of a wealthy family in Boston. Her older sister, Catherine, is the beautiful sister, and while Lydia could live in her shadow, she forges her own path, mainly doting on her younger sister Emeline and reading books. At the beginning of the book, the Montroses have fled Boston with the three sisters to go to New Oldbury after a scandal/rumors (which we slowly learn about throughout the book), and their son has fled to England.
The three sisters are venturing into town when Emeline loses her beloved dog, Snip. As Lydia searches for him, she meets the handsome John Barrett, who helps her to find him. Mr. Barrett is their next door neighbor and their father's new business partner- and soon, Lydia's love interest. Aside from the secrets hidden in the family due to the scandal, Willow Hall, their new residence, is carrying its own dark secrets.
Lydia is carrying her own secrets- things that happen around her that she cannot explain. Her mother knows the truth of it, but she has taken a distant role in her daughters' upbringing. It began with the incident when she was child, where a boy who killed her kitten was injured in her anger. At Willow Hall, Lydia is haunted with a lack of sleep and seeming visions. This supernatural element feels so creepy and is written so well that you can't help but be pulled into the story.
As the book continues, a romance develops alongside the mysteries of the family and Lydia herself which slowly come to light. This book is absolutely enchanting. and I couldn't help but keep page turning at the sacrifice of sleep. Although not a lot of action in the traditional sense, the mysteries and writing make the book feel fast-paced without a lull. With betrayals, rivalries, blackmail, secrets, ghosts, and witchcraft, this book has more than enough to keep the reader highly engaged.
I highly recommend this book for people who enjoy paranormal romance- this is a highly captivating and skillfully written book that is definitely worth picking up! You certainly won't regret it! I am definitely interested in reading more from this author and would love more around this setting.
Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.