The Witch of Willow Hall @HesterBFox

I am mortified that my post containing my original review for this terrific gothic tale somehow went into the etherlands!  As it draws closer to Halloween and since it TBR Thursdays, I’m actually re-posting the post that never was. Yeah, it’s already one of those types of days. <sigh>


The Witch of Willow Hall is a perfectly written gothic tale of witches, dark secrets and history.

This is the debut novel written by Hester Fox and all I can is, “Wow!” Every first book should be this amazing! I was completely blown away by the history, the suspense and the storyline itself. It was, without a doubt, a great book!

Lydia Montrose is the middle child and a loving sister. Her family was run out of town after horrible rumors began to swirl around the family. It’s 1821, and these types of “rumors” can be a death warrant even 200 years after the Salem Witch Trials. Her family moves to Old Newbury where her father sets up a mill. But things at the house itself are more than a strange. Lydia hears noises and sees ghostly type apparitions. What exactly is going on in their house and with Lydia’s family? This slow simmering tale will answer those questions – and more.

One of the first “big girl” books I ever read was “The Witch of Blackbird Pond.” It set the stage for my intense love affair with gothic tales, horror and spooky reads. Although, when I re-read Blackbird Pond I chuckle at how tame it is in comparison. The Witch of Willow Hall is not so tame – it has everything a reader could ask for in a great witch story. The characters are very well drawn; the love that Lydia and her sisters have for one another shines throughout the book. There is a touch of romance and a plot full of  well placed twists to keep you on your proverbial toes. The Witch of Willow Hall is the perfect Halloween read – but be sure to leave your light on when you do!

Thank you #Netgalley, @HesterBFox, and #Harlequin-GraydonHouse for my copy of this perfect gothic tale!

18 thoughts on “The Witch of Willow Hall @HesterBFox

    1. Ooooohhhh, I didn’t even know there was a Netflix version. I haven’t owned a television in a decade so I’m often lost and confused about these things. However, now that I do know, I will download it and watch on my laptop!! Thanks for the heads up Jonetta!

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      1. The show, the book or both? Apparently my son has been watching this – he just informed me – and loves it. There are a few other NF shows that I need to watch so it looks like I will be curling up with my laptop instead of books this weekend. 🙂


    1. It really was better than I anticipated – I hope you will give it a try. It’s actually written as a Young Adult read and maybe I’m just getting used to reading those, but I thought this was more suspenseful than the usual Y/A.

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  1. B Lostinacoulee

    Wonderful review, Mackey! I really enjoyed this one too! I got a little excited about the show being on Netflix’s but it’s not on Canadian Netflicks. Sigh 😔

    We do have The Haunting of Hill House. So good but kind of scary


    1. It’s got its creepy factor but I don’t think it was too scary – not like Dracul or some of the other really frightening books I’ve read lately. It was more just a witch story. 🙂 I do love the cover – but I’m a sucker for anything that’s new and different from the girl in a coat running away from someone. LOL!

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  2. Love your review! I’m reading this one now..have about 75 pages to go and am loving it! The author has a great writing style although the beginning was a bit slow for me, I still can’t put it down! I love anything gothic-I teach Gothic Lit and Horror at the University level and did my Ph.D. on gothic lit, so I might be obsessed, LOL! I tried to find the show on Netflix but can’t!! Does it have the same title? I’m not normally a tv person, but I want to watch this!


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