This Chick Read: The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

I had been sent the pre-release copy of the sequel to this book by St. Martin’s Press (The Return of the Witch) and realized that I hadn’t yet read the 1st book in the series, The Witch’s Daughter.  It had been on my wish list on my Overdrive app, so I checked it out, reading it while the NFL playoffs played in the background on my TV.  I have to admit, I had a tough time getting into this book, and no, it wasn’t because of the football games.   At the beginning, the novel was set in current time, and well, the main character, Elizabeth, was a bit boring.  It wasn’t until she shared her history with a young girl, Tegan, that the book moved quicker, and my interest was peaked.

The following synopsis was taken directly from the author’s website

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches. A tale of magic and love and loss. A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be. Let me tell you what it means to be a witch.

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had. She could not have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

There are three installments to Elizabeth’s story, each one taking us into a different time in history.  Brackston does a great job of describing each story, and you can tell she did her research. Elizabeth’s life in the past has color and emotion, and it is through her stories of the past that you feel the connection with this character.  When we are jumped back to her current life, it pales in comparison.  Elizabeth, in current time, has been through so many personal losses, she protects her own emotions by trying to not get close to anyone, so she doesn’t feel that loss again.  The author did such a great job at putting up that wall for Elizabeth that my own emotions also stalled until she jumps the story back to the past again, where Elizabeth is still open and will invest her feelings in others.  When the conclusion takes place, in current time, I am left feeling pretty ambivalent.  I want to go back a few decades or centuries and relive those moments of hers in the past that made me cry for her lost innocence and lost loves, where I feel the story had strength.

Since I know there is a second book in this series, and in reading the synopsis it looks like the characters time travel to different era’s I will invest my time and read it, as that is, I think, this author’s strength.

If you like reading historical novels addressing the theme of good versus evil, then you will like The Witch’s Daughter. If you love reading about different moments in time, this author will not disappoint you.


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