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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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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Extremely frustrating book.

What would have made The Winter Witch better?

The characters were extremely flat, the whole book was continuous misunderstandings because they never bother to make their feelings known and any time either of them makes any personal growth with out fail the author immediately puts another road block up or another annoying easily avoided misunderstanding. Enough was enough!

What could Paula Brackston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have moved the plot along while having the characters grow together and try to understand each other instead of one step forward three steps back. I feel the plot would've advanced just as well with the slow development of their relationship rather than the yoyo it was.

Would you be willing to try another one of Marisa Calin’s performances?

Perhaps.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger annoyance and disappointment

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend this book I love books about witches and supernatural but I did not care what happened to any of the characters and I could not wait to be done with them. Waste of a credit.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • MARY
  • Conway, SC, United States
  • 07-16-13

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Gridley, CA, United States
  • 03-18-13

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good Performance. SLOOOW Story

This book took WAY longer than it should have. I had to fight from falling asleep several times. Mind you, the prose itself is lovely. However, the descriptions just go on and on. Really, it was very tiresome.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love Paula Brackston

The Winter Witch could've been a much longer in depth novel. I have enjoyed all Paula's books.
If you enjoy a short, bewitching mystery give it a try...

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  • JW
  • 04-09-13

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-13

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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