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The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox Book Review

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox Book Review Goodreads

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox Book Review

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Publication Date October 2, 2018

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

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…


The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox Book Review

No toil & trouble here. Hester Fox writes an enjoyable, gothic fiction novel with The Witch of Willow Hall.

Historical Fiction With Gothic Style

Expectations are everything, right?

Please heed this advice, if you’re expecting this to be a super creepy jaw-dropping thriller, this is not your book. If you’re looking for a well-crafted Gothic type of historical fiction novel The Witch of Willow Hall is a sure bet.

The book is a bit of a slow start for me. I blame myself. If the title of a book has the word witch in it, then I expect spells, sorcery & tons of black magic.  As I kept reading, I quickly realized Hester Fox creates a wonderful story centered around a family with generations of secrets right underneath the surface. Throw in a big house in the country with a shadowed past & I’m here for it all!

Get a Little Spooked

As the story progresses, there are a few spooky parts,  but that’s not the heart of the story. The further I read, the more I enjoyed The Witch of Willow Hall.  Had I expected a more historical fiction type of novel, I would’ve eaten it up with a spoon.

Funny enough, the more that I think about it as I’m typing up this review, I realize I actually liked it quite a bit. October is a great time to read this type of book as the darker setting, the time period & the style lends itself so well to Halloween. And in case you didn’t know, I am REALLY into everything Halloween & Gothic inspired!


I am Really Into This book! Also, I totally feel like Hester can continue this story if she chooses. I would definitely revisit Lydia’s story.

If you’re looking for another spooky read, check out The Broken Girls by Simone St. James.

Special thanks to Hester FoxHarlequin/Graydon House Publishing & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox Book Review Author Bio Twitter
Hester Fox | Twitter

When not writing and painting, Hester works in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters, to ancient artifacts, to early American furniture. She has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband.

Hester is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.

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