The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

September 27th, 2018 Kimberly Review 42 Comments

27th Sep
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
The Witch of Willow Hall
by Hester Fox
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
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“It was the Bishop boy who started it all…”

Boston, 1811: The Salem Witch Trials are over one hundred years in the past, and America is a changed place. Lydia Montrose is a young girl, enraged by the cruel boy who torments her. When she confronts him in the street, she draws a disbelieving crowd, and she cannot quite remember what she’s done.

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

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…

historical ROMANCE Standalone thriller

I was drawn to The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox with its mention of Salem Witches and offer of an atmospheric tale.  There are strange happens within Willow Hall and methinks magic is afoot.

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.”

Caffeinated Reasons to Grab The Witch of Willow Hall

  • The tale Hester Fox weaves is dark and atmospheric with unrestful spirits, jealous spiteful sisters and denial that may be their undoing. The Montrose family is not new to scandal and Mr. Montrose has become a successful businessman until a scandal involving Catherine forces the family to flee the city.
  • When they leave Boston and move to Willow Hall the country air brings more troubles. The slamming of doors, floating entities and voices that only Lydia and sometimes Emeline can hear.
  • Told in first-person, present-tense by Lydia herself. While I know not everyone likes this POV, I felt it worked brilliantly as the story unfolded. Fox slowly reveals what really happened in Boston and the consequences that are still unfolding. It hooked me, disturbed me and before I knew it, the story held me spellbound.
  • There is a subtle romance weaved into the story and it added suspense and uncertainty. It was a nice blend of supernatural and historical romance with walkabouts, and subtle glances.
  • Lydia is a witch, only her mother has kept it from her, denying her access to a family journal that is passed down to those with the gift. Despite this and because of this strange things occur with unexpected consequences. That is until someone crosses the veil to warn her.
  • I liked Lydia, but wanted her to stand up to Catherine who is an unholy terror wrapped in a pretty package. Emeline was adorable until she wasn’t. Their father was present, yet absent and their mother suffers from melancholy and perhaps denial over the scandal and wrongness of it all.
  • While you might not like the characters, you will become caught up in their story and form strong opinions of them all.
  • If you love Gothic, atmospheric tales that cause you to look over your shoulder, The Witch of Willow Hall will delight you. Fox does a delightful job of building the suspense, adding twists and shocking us with unimaginable reveals.

A stunning debut novel, The Witch of Willow Hall and its characters will stay with you long after you have closed the book. This would make a fantastic book club selection.

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About Hester Fox

Hester Fox

Hester comes to writing from a background in museum work and historical archaeology. She loves the Gothic, the lurid, the dark…so long as the ending is a happy one. She has never seen a ghost, though she remains hopeful. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband. THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL is her first novel.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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42 Responses to “The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox”

  1. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    OMG I saw this one around (for the blog tour at least, but I didn’t sign up since I’m knee deep in other books right now rip me) and was completely drawn by the mention of Salem witches. I’m really glad you enjoyed this one, Kimberly! Maybe I should have signed up for the blog tour after all because The Witch of Willow Hall doesn’t sound like it would disappoint.

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  2. Daniela Ark

    oh I’m working on organizing my TBR for the last quarter of the year and this is one book I was agonizing over! I was imagining JUST as you describe it. That just make my agony worse though LOL I’m so craving Gothic and atmospheric! OMG I need a timeless parallel universe to read all the books!

  3. Stefanie

    OOH! This sounds so good. I’ve always been fascinated by the Salem Witch trials and I love witches.

  4. Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Ooh, this one sounds a little chilling. I do love atmospheric tales and I don’t always have to like all the characters in a story. I even think my younger daughter would enjoy this one since she’s fascinated with the Salem witch trials. Thanks for adding another book to my already bulging tbr, Kimberly. 😉