The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox – Blog Tour

 

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cover_The Witch of Willow Hall_Hester Fox_Graydon House Books_Oct 2 2018.jpgThe Witch of Willow Hall
by Hester Fox

Genre: Adult Historical Fantasy Fiction (YA Friendly)
Release Date: October 2nd 2018
Graydon House Books (Harlequin)

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…

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Review: 5 Stars

For some reason I had really low expectations for this book. A lot of fantasy novels that are combined with historical fiction move really slow and I think that’s why I wasn’t super excited for this one. While I do like historical fiction, it is a genre that I feel like I have to be in the mood for. When I opened this novel however, I could tell that the writing was going to keep me captivated. I tore through this book so fast.

I love the 1800’s and ladies dressed in puffy corseted gowns. I find that it is such a romanticized time period and the writing really added to that vibe. The manners of proper society and the ideas of balls and tea parlors is all fascinating to me. This book really made me ask myself why it had been so long since I have read any historical fiction. I think it is because sometimes history can feel so dry, but this novel felt romantic, but also a bit eerie.

Lydia was a sweet girl to read about. The way she cared for her younger sister Emeline was admirable. I could relate to her rivalry with her older sister Catherine as well. Catherine was more of a character that I loved to hate. She was written so well, but was also extremely vain, bold and a bit mean to anyone who would dare to take attention away from her. She could even be downright vicious at times. As for Mr. John Barrett, I found him to be a perfect gentleman and an honorable man.

The plot read more like a historical romance novel than a fantasy. I felt reminded of Sense and Sensibility many times while reading. There were incredibly creepy parts to this novel though. I think that even though they were only sprinkled in here and there, the eerie parts were executed so well with incredibly vivid imagery.

I loved this book so much, it was spooky, but also incredibly romantic. It was historical fiction, yet not dry. But most important to me, as a reader who hates unnecessary romances, is that the romance was never cheesy and it felt necessary to the plot. This exceeded my expectations and then some. I’m so glad that I trusted my blogging friends and gave this one a chance.

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Advance Praise:

“Hester Fox’s THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL offers a fascinating location, a great plot with history and twists, and characters that live and breathe. I love the novel, and will be looking forward to all new works by this talented author!” –Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

“Beautifully written, skillfully plotted, and filled with quiet terror, readers will devour this absorbing, Gothic tale of romance and suspense. Perfect for fans of Simone St James and Kate Morton.” — Anna Lee Huber, the national bestselling author of the historical Lady Darby Mysteries

“Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot full of suspense and mystery, The Witch of Willow Hall will cast a spell over every reader.” — Lisa Hall, author of Tell Me No Lies and Between You and Me

“I was entranced by this intriguing and spellbinding novel with its messages of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are. I hope Hester Fox goes on to write many more such novels–I for one will be buying them.” — Kathleen McGurl, author of The Girl from Ballymor

“With its sense of creeping menace and chilling undertones, this compelling story had me gripped from the first page. The vividly drawn characters cast their spell so convincingly, I couldn’t stop reading until I discovered what happened to them. A wonderful debut novel.”–Linda Finlay, author of The Flower Seller

 

 

 

Hester Fox.jpgAbout the Author

Hester comes to writing from a background in museum work and historical archaeology. She loves the Gothic, the lurid, the dark…so long as the ending is a happy one. She has never seen a ghost, though she remains hopeful.

Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband. THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL is her first novel.

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Blog Tour Schedule –

October 22

The Reading Corner for All   Excerpt

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Nemesis Blog     www.nemesisbookblog.wordpress.com     Review

Paws and Paperbacks    Review

October 23

A New Look On Books’ Blog   Map

BeachBoundBooks    Teaser

Declarations of a Fangirl      https://www.declarationsofafangirl.blogspot.com    Promo Post

Twirling Book Princess   Excerpt

Pacific Northwest Bookworm     https://www.pnwbookworm.com/    Review

October 24

Hauntedbybooks     http://Hauntedbybooksblog.wordpress.com     Review

Character Madness and Musings    https://jenabaxterbooks.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

Brooke Blogs    http://www.brookeblogs.com Promo Post

Finding Magic In Books  http://findingmagicinbooks.tumblr.com     Review

Introvert Booklover        https://introvertbooklover.wordpress.com    Review
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October 25

Willow’s Thoughts And Book Obsessions  https://wssthoughtsandbookobsessions.blogspot.com/   Promo Post

Becky on Books     https://beckymmoe.com    Review

Under the Book Cover   https://underthebookcover.blogspot.com   Review

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October 26

Dizneeee’s World of Books   http://dizneeeesworldofbooks.blogspot.com/ Promo Post

YA/NA Book Divas     http://www.yabookdivas.com Review

Paradise Found http://boyishbookworm.blogspot.com/    Review

The Avid Reader      http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com      Review

 

 

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    1. Yeah I kinda feel the same. Like I did really enjoy it, but I felt like I was mislead with the genre. There were a few really vividly described moments that added to an eerie feel, but it felt more like Sense and Sensibility than a haunted house tale like I was expecting. I don’t know how upset I am about the mis-marketing though because I wouldn’t have given it the chance otherwise.

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      1. You make a good point because I would have been less likely to pick it up, but I do enjoy historical romances in the vein of Jane Eyre when I am in the mood for them! Although I probably would have given a pass on NG… I just was expecting witches tho and that sucks.

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      2. I know what you mean. I wanted a spookier read for the Halloween season and in that aspect I was disappointed! It was a great historical romance though and I am glad that I got a chance to read it.

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