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Publisher's Summary

Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could - with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel, The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine listeners will cheer for.

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan and that she must protect the girl she has come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world, learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

©2016 Paula Brackston (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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2 Are Better Than One

I really liked the narration. She has a great English lilt, and handles American and Cockney accents well. I generally knew who each character was from the narration.
I was grateful to be able to listen to both The Witch's Daughter and the Return of the Witch 's Daughter in sequence and immediately one after the other. The story was generally well thought out, but I would have liked to know more about how Elizabeth learned her craft. The use of flashback to tell about both Elizabeth's and Tegan's life experiences was a clever and useful technique. Although the first book can stand alone, the conclusion in the 2nd book is well written and satisfying.
I would love to hear what Elizabeth and Tegan do next....

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  • Lori
  • Midlothian, TX, United States
  • 03-19-17

I loved it!!

This book wraps up the story of Elizabeth and Teagan perfectly but I still hope for another story with these characters.

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Slight twists and turns to a predictable end

Our protagonists prevail against evil and make enjoyable discoveries about themselves in the mix. All in all, it's twisty, heart wrenching and satisfying!

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  • Lacy
  • WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States
  • 03-13-17

What a journey...

I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read "The Witch's Daughter" and "Return of the Witch" back-to-back! It really helped me stay in that world and follow Elizabeth and Teagan through time on a dangerous adventure!

This time around, Elizabeth has come back because somehow Gideon has escaped the Summerlands. It is not a matter of if but when Gideon will lash out against Teagan and Elizabeth must warn her before it's too late. She will have to follow Gideon through time (with the help of a time-stepper)because he eventually kidnaps Teagan when they least expect it.

She must return to the 1600s, not too many years after she was tried as a witch. She will then follow him into the 1800s in London not too many years before she would have become a doctor during the years of "Jack the Ripper." All the while, trying to figure out what motive he has for wanting Teagan so badly!

There will be a showdown of power and a love will blossom through the travel. Will Teagan be killed before Elizabeth can get to her? Can they finally defeat Gideon?

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Great story - Not the end?

The concept is fantastic and fresh. There is plenty on suspense throughout and a nicely fleshed out set of characters.
My only wish, as always, was that the narrator let us know, some how, that we shifted from Elizabeth to Tiegan. Since the narrator does not change her voice for each character, it can get confusing. She is a good narrator, though.

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Where Is MY Time Stepper?

Where does The Return of the Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high! Probably number 3.

What other book might you compare The Return of the Witch to and why?

Outlander. Bess has to overcome the same problem of having too much knowledge of future medicine and the lack of resources. Just like Claire the fact that she knows about germs gets her into major trouble. Unlike Claire, she punctually is a witch.

What about Marisa Calin’s performance did you like?

Love her accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved how Tegan went off to find herself. She was so young and impressionable in the first novel and in this one we get to see her purposely grow into a force to be reckoned with. It was really beautiful.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Paula for finishing this story. I really felt myself missing Bess and Tegan.

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I love Paula Brackston on but this was uninspired

What did you like best about The Return of the Witch? What did you like least?

Loved the genuine love between these two women. Least: that they were supposedly very powerful but spent most of the book not believing or even understanding their abilities.

Would you be willing to try another book from Paula Brackston? Why or why not?

Yes ! I love her books

What aspect of Marisa Calin’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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Another wonderful book from Paula B.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Easy to follow, I adore Marissa Calin's accent and it's a happy book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think the mouse was my favorite, unwavering loyalty!<br/>

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

I've listened to all of Paula Brackston's books, and love each and every one. They just would not be as wonderful if Marisa wasn't the narrator.

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

Yes, but unfortunately I have to stop and start a lot. Very fulfilling book.

Any additional comments?

I hope for more!

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Excellent!

You know its a great story when you're sad that it has ended. Loved the characters!

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A Gripping Tale

Often I am disappointed with the next book in a series, however, Ms Brackston surpassed the intensity of her first book. I am looking forward to hearing her next in this tale.
Thank you for carrying me away to this magical world.