2018 Reviews · Book Broadcast · historical fiction · supernatural

Book Broadcast: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

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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, a remnant of a dark history that calls 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…

With Halloween fast approaching (house decorations are up in our street) I thought now might be exactly the right time to indulge in a book that caught my eye in a bookstore. The Witch of Willow Hall is the debut novel written by Hester Fox. It is set in the New England region of Massachusetts, in the 1820s, after the defining Salem witch trials. In fact, the links this book makes to the Salem witch trials was one of the reasons why I chose to read this non review book. I studied The Crucible by Arthur Miller in high school and completed a history unit in my university degree that covered the Salem witch trials. I find this point in history fascinating. The Witch of Willow Hall, is about a family, the Montroses, who flee to the area of the Salem witch trials, after a scandal engulfs them in Boston. What follows is middle child Lydia’s path of self discovery, as her new home ignites her supernatural powers as a witch. Along the way, Lydia negotiates a wicked sister, a villain and a new romance with her father’s new business associate, the dashing but brooding John Barrett. Lydia also suffers a catastrophic loss, which eventually serves to make her stronger and accept her destiny. The period detail is exact in this great work of historical fiction. Hester Fox ensures that she includes all the necessary social etiquettes, moral codes and social practices, to make this a believable historical tale. The romance is one of the best aspects of the story, which reminded me of classic novels penned by the Bronte sisters. While the character development for the leads was faultless, the side characters were often kept at arm’s length. If you are a fan of historical romances, historical fiction, the history of witchcraft, the supernatural or gothic novels, this one will hit the spot. The Witch of Willow Hall has just enough creepy and dark atmosphere to enhance your Halloween reading experience!

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox was published on 24th September 2018 by Harlequin – Mira. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

Learn more about the author of The Witch of Willow Hall, Hester Fox here.

4 thoughts on “Book Broadcast: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

  1. Great review! And a book I’m looking forward to reading and yes, as it’s Halloween season I’m hoping to fit in some spooky reading. I have a collection of Halloween short stories on my kindle ready to go! I was hoping to fit this one in too but I don’t think I’ll have the time for it.
    April has asked me to read the Hester Fox book first as I saw mention somewhere of a cat killing by a boy, she won’t touch the book if there is too much focus on any animal killing. How bad is it, Amanda?
    April is obsessed with anything, Halloween, witchy and Salem, her and Craig are planning a visit to Salem in the near future and of course their visit will be planned for the 31st October.

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    1. Thank you Sue! I’m sure this one will prove to be a great read for you and April too. It is nice to get into the festivities and a spooky read in the next week is a must! I hope you can squeeze in your short stories collection if anything else!
      April will appreciate this one very much and no I didn’t find the scene you are talking about confronting.
      Wow, I didn’t know that about April and Craig! Wow, the history side of Salem has fascinated me since high school. What a great idea to coincide the trip with the 31st! Good luck with planning their trip! Exciting!


  2. I’m reading this book now, even though there is no confronting scene I don’t think April will enjoy this book as it’s not spooky enough for her and so far it hasn’t mentioned much witchiness or Salem, this book is more atmospheric than haunting. But I’m loving it.

    Yes, it has always been April’s dream to visit Salem at Halloween, if her friends decide not to go Steven and I will travel with them instead but this probably won’t happen for a couple of years yet! I’ll have to let April know that you’re fascinated with the Salem history too.

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