A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox ~ 320 pages ~ published 2/1/2022 by Graydon House/HarperCollins
Two women. A history of witchcraft. And a deep-rooted female power that sings across the centuries.
Once there was a young woman from a well-to-do New England family who never quite fit with the drawing rooms and parlors of her kin.
Called instead to the tangled woods and wild cliffs surrounding her family’s estate, Margaret Harlowe grew both stranger and more beautiful as she cultivated her uncanny power. Soon, whispers of “witch” dogged her footsteps, and Margaret’s power began to wind itself with the tendrils of something darker.
One hundred and fifty years later, Augusta Podos takes a dream job at Harlowe House, the historic home of a wealthy New England family that has been turned into a small museum in Tynemouth, Massachusetts. When Augusta stumbles across an oblique reference to a daughter of the Harlowes who has nearly been expunged from the historical record, the mystery is too intriguing to ignore.
But as she digs deeper, something sinister unfurls from its sleep, a dark power that binds one woman to the other across lines of blood and time. If Augusta can’t resist its allure, everything she knows and loves—including her very life—could be lost forever.
What I Thought:
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Graydon House/HarperCollins for this ARC!*
*Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of this blog tour!! I love Hester Fox’s books (you can check out my reviews for The Witch of Willow Hall, The Widow of Pale Harbor, and The Orphan of Cemetery Hill here!)*
I have been a fan of Hester Fox’s books since her first one was released. I have always described her writing style as a modern day Bronte. She has a lot of gothic and paranormal vibes in her writing. This book was a bit of a departure from her previous works, as she had a storyline that was set in the modern era.
I really enjoyed the dual timelines and dual perspective of this book. I felt that the timelines played off of each other well, providing information that was illuminating to the other timeline whenever they switched back and forth. I was a bit dubious about the modern storyline, but I ended up being very intrigued by it. I liked the fact that Augusta was a museum curator, so even though she was in the modern era, she was firmly rooted in the past as well.
Speaking of Augusta, I really enjoyed her character. I liked that she grew as a person as the story went along, but that she also kind of devolved as well. Her obsession with Margaret led her down a bit of a destructive path even as she was trying to find herself and become more independent. It created a fantastic tension that I really enjoyed.
Margaret was a fascinating character. I couldn’t tell for a long time exactly what her aim was, so when it came down to what her goal was I was completely surprised. I’m not surprised by books all that often, so this was an exciting experience for me!
Getting to see the house and the town from both the modern and historical perspectives was really fun! I love a good feeling of nostalgia, I guess that’s the romantic in me, and this book provided it in spades! I really enjoyed the dual timeline more than I was expecting.
If you are a fan of historical paranormal fantasy with some romance tossed in, then this is the book for you!
I gave A Lullaby for Witches 4 Stars!
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