A Bewitching Duet

16 Oct A Bewitching Duet

Happy Hump Day!

How has your week be so far? Mine has been decent, busy, but not bad, if that makes sense?

I meet up with my book club pals this Friday and I have been struggling with the book we selected for October. It’s The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I was really excited when we chose this book, yet I can’t seem to connect with it. Have any of you read this? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Continuing with this week’s theme of

I have selected two books for this evening’s post. Part of the reason I selected this theme is because I’d like to dive in to some great stories about witches. They kind of fascinate me. Not necessarily the Wicked Witch of the West type with green skin and striped stockings, but more along the lines of the Mayfair witches from The Witching Hour (Monday’s post).

Tonight’s first book is:

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. With this story Oyeyemi has been compared with the gothic style of Shirley Jackson, which is no small feat.

This story, like The Witching Hour follows several generations of women living in England.

Since I haven’t read it, I’ve provided the Amazon synopsis below:

• There’s something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it’s been home to four generations of Silver women—Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda’s mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover’s hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed •

It sounds just real enough to be creepy, which is about my favorite recipe when it comes to books that hang out a little on the dark side.

The second book about witches is:

The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston. If she sound’s familiar, especially in this genre, it’s because she’s written several stories about witches. One of her more popular books is The Witch’s Daughter.

I hadn’t heard of The Winter Witch and when I read the back I thought it sounded good and worth sharing with you.

Below is the Amazon synopsis:

• In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic—the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice.

After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Here, where frail humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, her wild nature and her magic blossoming. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana’s affections. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her •

This one sounds like it has a bit of a love story at the heart of it, which is different than White is for Witching. This book by Brackston rates just slightly higher than her more popular The Witch’s Daughter, four stars for TWW versus 3.9 stars for TWD.

So what do you think-do either of these books sound good, have you read them?

Do you have a favorite story about witches, if so, please share it with me!

“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” – Glinda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz

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