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The Winter Witch | [Paula Brackston]

The Winter Witch

In her small early-19th-century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic - the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married....
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Publisher's Summary

Paula Brackston transports listeners to the windswept mountains of Wales in this enthralling tale of love and magic.

In her small early-19th-century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick, and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic - the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill.

Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice. After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life.

But she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Here, where frail humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, her wild nature and her magic blossoming. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana’s affections.

It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there - a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything in this beautifully written, enchanting novel.

©2013 Paula Brackston (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-16-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Took me back in time...."

    This book took me to the time in youth when you become completely engrossed in a story. Very imaginative. I think it would appeal to a younger reader. I enjoyed it enough. The narration is appropriate for this story but it is not a voice pattern I like in my ear. This is personal to me so don't let it hold you back. The story develops slowly. It is a lovely story that you may enjoy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-03-13
    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "A Welsh Tale of Wit and Witches fight for Life"

    This is set back in a time when people where suspicious but not necessarily on witch hunts. It seems they suspect but don't immediately kill in this book. This is a battle for love, life, and an understanding of hard times mixed with magic in unusual ways. There is sorrow in this book, happiness, and mayhem in ways that only this time could convey.

    If you enjoy this book you may also enjoy: Books by Deborah Geary, Witch Child, Born Wicked, Star Cursed, books by Gail Carriger, Thirteenth Child, and Shadow and Bone.

    I enjoyed this book but you have to enjoy old world tales. This is not the story of rich courtesans but of people who are well enough off just getting by on the land and each other.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MARY Conway, SC, United States 07-16-13
    MARY Conway, SC, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't get enough!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book immensely! I also love the narrator! She was fantastic! I loved the character development and the storyline. I also was endeared by the fact that it was based in Wales. My mom always called me Carriad. I never knew why, now I know it means darling.

    :) Great author and great book. I couldn't sleep for days until it was finished!


    What other book might you compare The Winter Witch to and why?

    All of these stories have similar feel to them.

    The Witch's Daughter-same author
    The Physick Book of Deliverence Dane-Katherine Howe
    The House of Velvet and Glass-Katherine Howe


    What about Marisa Calin’s performance did you like?

    She was just excellent and I couldn't believe she could do all of those voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both


    Any additional comments?

    Just excellent character development and storyline!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Wylie, TX, United States 07-01-13
    Carla Wylie, TX, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Read"

    The story open slowly but kept me involved throughout. The lead charter is a little unbelievable but the story is enchanting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Beaverton, OR, United States 05-09-13
    Marc Beaverton, OR, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Take you to another time!"
    What did you love best about The Winter Witch?

    Winter Witch is a really fun listen. I really enjoy a story that takes you to another place, time and brings it to life. Paula Brackston does a very nice job of character development, creating tension in the story and then resolving things nicely, but I really love the world in which we watch this story unfold.

    Thank you, Paula and Marisa. Nice work!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Gridley, CA, United States 03-18-13
    David Gridley, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An interesting plot and easily followed in all the twists and turns. Enjoyed the story very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The white witch. Central to the whole story.


    Have you listened to any of Marisa Calin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Hruby Bellingham, WA 04-04-13
    Sarah Hruby Bellingham, WA 04-04-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a great reader and listener of all things book.

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    ""Nice Story, Zero Steaminess""

    It is a nice story. The reader's accent lends well to the setting. But this isn't a romance novel in the traditional sense. Absolutely no action whatsoever at all *yawn*

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn Grafton, Australia 12-06-13
    Lyn Grafton, Australia 12-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Fan of the Paranormal.

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    "Morgana The Winter Witch"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent story & very interesting.


    What does Marisa Calin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marisa Calina bought the charctors to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved this book and look forward to more.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your credit, you wont be disappointed.

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    Jessica OZARK, ALABAMA, United States 11-12-13
    Jessica OZARK, ALABAMA, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    Recording was spot-on and the story was wonderful. It has almost an Avalon feel, if you are into Marion Zimmern Bradley.

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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-06-13
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "disappointing"

    i can recommend this book to audible members but only if your between the ages of 12-15.
    I found it extremely frustrating and tedious, it's one of those kind of books that make you want to be able to reach in and give the main character a good shake and tell her to wake up, or grow up, or to grow a set. the story line was the typical good witch vs. bad witch, so it was basically boring and obvious.
    I also wish some one would explain to me why when one of the characters is initially described as being morbidly obese each and every time that character is referred to in the story some adjective pertaining to her/his size is also mentioned such as her "ample" breasts or his protruding belly. I don't get it, none of the other characters are ever continually described in such a fashion. the poor housekeeper in this story couldn't escape it even in death as an object had to be extracted from her "pudgy" fingers. What kind of "profiling" is that? i'm sorry i wasted the credit.
    the narrator was way over the top with her annunciation and it became extremely annoying, english accents are soft, where amarican accents are hard, we use hard "r's" and "a's" and they use soft, not in this book, the sounds of her accents made me think she was practicing in front of a mirror.
    disappointing on all levels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Ynys Mon, United Kingdom
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    "Annoying accent"

    I bought The Winter Witch after listening to the sample and reading the reviews. I was not disappointed by the story. it unfolded quite poetically making the scenarios easy to visualise. There is a true feeling of the harshness of life for the farming community. i wanted to find out the next part of the tale and was loath to switch off. High literature it is not and maybe the target audience is younger than my middle years but the most disappointing thing was that about halfway through, the "Welsh" accent of the narrator began to grate. I checked and found that it is an American actor narrating! As if there are not enough good Welsh actors around! Although I enjoyed it to the finish, I have no desire to re-listen which I sometimes do two or three times with a good book. I might read the written version at some time in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hastings, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Great book"

    Great book with good historical detail. Would love to read more books by this author but do not seem to be available in the UK on audible.

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