Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Title: The Witch of Willow Hall
Author: Hester Fox
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Published By: Graydon House (October 2, 2018)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!



Book Description:
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…








Beautifully woven with a dark mysterious gothic feel, The Witch of Willow Hall was a story that was easy to get immersed in and hard to put down.

Rich is history and atmosphere it was easy to picture the lush but sinister woods that Willow Hall sits on  and transports you right into the heat of the summer and then the chilly winds of autumn  as the story progresses and more and more secrets are unfolded and revealed for both the Montrose family and Willow Hall itself. 

With an almost morose feel the house and surrounding woods seemingly take on a life of their own as more and more of the story comes together and secrets are spilled, legends revealed, and mysteries solved.

With just the right amount of romance, intrigue, and scandal, not to mention ghosts and magic, The Witch of Willow Hall was every bit as rich in detail and darkness as it could be idyllic and charming. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

42 comments:

  1. I'm happy to see praise from you! I've been interested in this one every since I saw the cover. It's so pretty! I love that it has romance, mysteries and scandal! Sounds right up my alley. :)

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    1. I'm surprised that more people didn't like it or love it as much as I did. I thought it was well done. I hope you end up liking it as well Nick!

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  2. So moody! I have to get my hands on this now that I have a lot of time back in my hands. Weee!!

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    1. It was a bit, not emotional but atmospheric for sure. :D So good to see you again!!

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  3. I saw the cover around but it's great to see you had a good time!

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  4. I remember seeing this one on a WOW post and thought I would have to check it out. Now after reading your review, I really need to read it.

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    1. I think you would like this Heidi, it's something you would have picked up on your own I think.

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  5. This sounds like one I would enjoy.

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  6. Oh good to know that the gothic feel of the cover also translates to the book. I do think this one sounds good and I need to see if my library will get this one in!

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    1. I'm glad it did as well or I would have been so disappointed I think. ;)

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  7. This is the second good review I've seen on this book. Thanks KindleMom

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  8. Ooo sounds like a good read for this time of year.

    *waves* :)

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    1. *tackles you* Where have you been? Missed seeing you around. ;)

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  9. This sounds atmospheric and wonderful, and I like that it's a standalone! I'll going to check this one out. Fab review! :)

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    1. I'm really loving stand alone reads right now as well. They are nice to have once in awhile. ;)

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  10. This does sound dark and mysterious. Perfect time of year for it. :)

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  11. I've been waiting for reviews on this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. This was different and I loved the different aspects. Great review, I am delighted you enjoyed it as well.

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    1. It was different, which might be why I liked it so much. It was nice to have something different than the norm.

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  13. Ghosts and Magic can make most any story better.

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  14. Love that this is a standalone. Dark, mysterious and gothic are three great descriptors that make me want to add this one!

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    1. Couldn't agree more Grace, they always catch my attention as well.

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  15. The cover is awesome and the mystery sounds great. Definitely a book to look out for.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  16. This is such a great read for October and I'm definitely keeping my eye out for more from this author. So glad you liked it too!!

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    1. I'm so glad I did as well Kim and I agree, it really is perfect for this time of year.

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  17. Secrets, legends, mysteries... my interest is piqued! I'll definitely try to squeeze this one in soon. I feel like it would be perfect for this month!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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  18. Ooh, sounds wonderful and definitely would be a good October read... Great review!!

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  19. this has all kind of fall feels to it :D think I'll add it to my list for October

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  20. Sounds interesting. Love when a building/area have a character of their own. So fun to see an author manage that.

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    1. Me too. Settings can be so important to a story like this one.

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  21. I really to try these dark gothic historical stories. I'm not usually a big historical fan, but I love dark stories and I haven't tried the dark gothic aspect yet. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I love the Gothic ones most as well I think. There is just something about them. Maybe the atmosphere? I don't know.

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