The Witch of Willow Hall

Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821 

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, remnants of a dark history that call 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....

©2018 Tess Fedore (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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Great concept, soppy heroine, missed the mark

Okay, so this book had SO MUCH potential. It has a well thought out backstory for our main family, pretty well fleshed out characters, rich imagery, and an incredibly talented narrator. I think Lydia could have been a real hero, but it seemed like Fox was trying to write her as some Eliza Bennett meets Jane Eyre meets Teen Witch leading lady and it just never hit the mark. I was completely captivated until about 70% through when Lydia just wasn't picking up on things as fast as the reader, she wasn't playing the game against the forces trying to do her harm, she wasn't fighting for what she wanted, and was being a real wet blanket about everything. I go so frustrated I spent most of chapters 30-34 just screaming "TELL HIM THE TRUUUUUTH!" or "OH GOD STICK UP FOR YOURSELF" or "Well, if you're going to be like this then you don't deserve any happiness anyway!" to my car radio. I mean, top marks for getting that kind of visceral reaction out of me, but it made hearing the story no fun at that point. Definitely skipped over some parts. Happy ending tied up in a nice enough bow. That said, I wouldn't *not* recommend it.

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Too much Angst, ridiculous

I tried, I really did. However, there was nothing to hold onto to make me like Lydia or Katherine. Too much angst than necessary and way too much space between the important parts of the story. The relationship between Emmeline and Lydia was not believable. After 3 hours I grew tired of the infighting between the 2 remaining siblings.

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Oy! The WHINING!!!

When you read a story about a witch, even in a period piece, you want to see her becoming empowered. Yes, maybe she's scared of what's going on at first, but you want to see just a little bit of character evolution and development - somewhere - please. Not in this book though! This main character WHINED and moaned and complained until maybe the last 30 minutes, when she didn't really stop whining, she just subsided a bit. Unfortunately the narrator (maybe unintentionally) really seemed to pick up on the tone, and drove the whining home until it got to be like nails down a chalkboard. This character drove me nuts! Not only did she whine, but she was so stubbornly obtuse! She seemed hellbent on misinterpreting every single thing that happened and turning that misunderstanding into a massive pity party. I was actually yelling "Gimme a break!" out loud as I listened. Okay, Hester Fox, so maybe you don't want an empowered witch, but for cryin' out loud, there are loads of other options on the spectrum - you didn't have to swing all the way over to snivelling!

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I would change the main character slightly. I feel that even at the end she still doesn't have a strong voice. Very little confidence in herself.

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unimaginative.

It's a well written novel but with very basic ideas and scenarios. Its a very simple love story with not much suspense despite the narrator's voice always hanging with "pre suspense" with an escalating and confused narration.

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The Witch of Willow Hall

Loved it? Yes! I did. I purchased this to read for Halloween but got sidetracked (not book's fault) and finished during holidays. Once time allowed and I had ample time to read, I WAS HOOKED, hanging on every word. The narration is phenomenal and very expressive. Each character was portrayed by the narrator and everyone portrayed was believable, especially when the two sisters begin to quarrel. It's downright chilling. I'd describe this book as historical fiction, historical mystery, historical romance, but not the gushy, lovey-dovey kind, and part historical paranormal. There's enough going on to satisfy an assortment of reading fans. A wealthy Bostonian family is forced to leave their city comforts behind when hideous rumors begin to spread. Mother & Father relocate their three daughters to a mysterious country home. The eldest, beautiful daughter is at the forefront of the rumors that have turned this distinguished family into social pariahs. The middle sister, Lydia, is bookish and quaint. Do not underestimate her. She's inherited unique talents that once had a family member hanged for witchcraft. The youngest child, Emmaline, dreams of mermaids and imaginary friends. Soon, Willow Hall will be filled with sadness, regrets, secrets, and lies so unimaginable that lives become threatened. Only one sister has the strength to confront the spirits that lurk the grounds and halls of Willow Hall. Is she willing to sacrifice everything to protect the person who least deserves it? I gasped out loud at some of the unexpected revelations. What?! This book had a fantastic plot and felt like I was reading one of those good old fashioned books of long ago. Excellent!

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I want to like it...but gosh I hate this book

Drones on and on, more petulant girls whining than Witchery mystery. The performance wasn’t bad, just cannot get past the writing plus the desperate characters Is just exhausting.

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very good 1st book

really overall enjoyed the story. Lydia was well written. I did find myself incredible frustrated with her several times. the story was an interesting read and I enjoyed the historical setting. overall I would definitely recommend this novel to others!

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dark and captivating

This book is dark and filled with tragedy, but pulls you in. In the beginning you are dying to know what the secret family scandal is.

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wonderful story

I saw the soft cover in a book store and just have to own the audible book too Hester fox has a hit and i'm looking forward to read the next work she comes out with great strongly recommend it