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The Witch of Willow Hall

Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Summary

The must-have historical listen for the autumn, perfect for fans of Outlander and Poldark.

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?

©2018 Hester Fox (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Beautifully written...The Witch of Willow Hall will cast a spell over every reader." (Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me)

"With its sense of creeping menace...this compelling story had me gripped from the first page." (Linda Finlay, author of The Flower Seller)

"I was entranced by this intriguing and spellbinding novel with its messages of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are." (Kathleen McGurl, author of The Girl from Ballymor and The Pearl Locket)

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A Good Story

I tend to listen to audio books in bed as a way of relaxing before I go to sleep. The story was set at a pleasant pace; with parts that gripped me here and there that made me want to know what happened next, even though I had promised myself I would stop at the end of the chapter to go to sleep! It also ended on a satisfying note. Lauren Ezzo's voice is pleasant to listen to, although personally I sometimes wish that when a male character speaks, a male actor reads the spoken words. I always find a female voice reading a man's line in a deep voice somewhat comical. Still, it was a book I enjoyed listening to, and know I will happily listen to it again sometime in the future.

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Highly enjoyable

I would say this is a borderline YA novel.
As a debut novel it kept me reading as I was eager to find out more about the characters and their dynamics. I found Catherine about as deep as a muddy puddle as just as unpleasant.

The secrets were unraveled slowly but oh boy were they worth waiting for.

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Great

I actually liked this book very much although I didn’t expect to.
It’s a bit slow to start and the characters can be a bit annoying in the beginning but I soon got into it and the story developed very well and unexpectedly

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The witch Of Willow Hall

Absolutely loved this book, It had my attention from start to finish, great read great characters

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Very different to expectation

This type of story is most definitely not something I would choose to read. Regardless of what the synopsis says, this is a love story in the vain of how I imagine the likes of pride and prejudice would play out. it's a pity the author chose to go that route as there is potential here, but I guess love struck women and their pounding hearts sells better. well written but not for me.