Tis the season of Hocus Pocus and darlings I am ready to get WITCHY.
This was the perfect book to kick the witch affair off with. Hester Fox has only written two books thus far and they are broody gothic goodness dripping with tension, goodness, and death. Ah, you can’t have a good paranormal romance without a hint of despair you know?
Scandal has befallen the Montrose family and in the wake of it they must leave their home in Boston and start fresh in their new country abode, Willow Hall. There the three sisters, Lydia, Catherine, and Emeline attempt to normalize the not so normal situation. Willow Hall is not welcoming in the slightest and all of them, especially Lydia sense it, and she out of all of them, is drawn to its strangeness. Or rather yet, it is drawn to her and the power that she holds deep inside of her. Will she be able to resist its call? Does she even want to?
So, I read Hester Fox’s most recent book The Widow of Pale Harbor and you can read my review here! I enjoyed it a lot! I can honestly say that I enjoyed The Witch of Willow Hall sooo much more and that is an extreme compliment given how much I enjoyed the second book. This was honestly so amazing, I didn’t want to put it down for one second and when I did I was super eager to jump right back into the story.
Lydia as a character was great. I sympathized with her a lot and felt her frustrations and her pain. I felt that the world wasn’t very fair to her but the world isn’t very fair to a lot of people and especially in her time period it was absolutely abysmal.
I wanted to completely throttle her sister Catherine lmao. I thought she was the most selfish person alive and I want to really spoil the hell out of you all but I’ll be kind but…girl. what. the. HELL. She disgusted me and she deserved the fate that the other character got because GIRL. WHAT. THE. HELL. I had little to no sympathy for her and just….what in the hell.
I can say that the one part that irked me was the romance aspect but that’s probably my own personal feelings about romance at the moment but I didn’t think the romance was necessarily needed and I’m not a big fan of *sings* it was loooove attt firsttt siiiight. Idk Idk I DON’T KNOW. It’s corny and just…it would be nice if stories didn’t end with and then I fell in love and lived happily ever after but again, I’m very as of late but it was nice I guess.
LOVED THE WITCH APPEAL. 100% THERE FOR THE WITCH APPEAL. YAS, FUCK IT UP GIRL. DO YOUR HERB GARDEN, I SEE YOU THERE BOO. I SEE YOU THERE TOO SPOOKY BROKEN NECK ANCESTRAL WITCH SPECTRAL GODDESS.
This is a great book, I cannot wait to see more from Ms. Hester Fox. Love the Gothic writing from her. I guess I even love the romance since it was a part of the plot. All around it was great!
Definitely check this out and read her second book as well!