In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she know...moreIn the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories--and demons—long thought forgotten.
This book flashes back and forth between present day, and stories of Bess' past as she tells Tegan the story of her life. The beginning was a little slow for me, and I had a hard time getting into it, but once I did I read it quickly. I enjoyed the stories of her past and getting to know Bess' character. I would have liked to know a little bit more about why Bess was fleeing from Gideon and how she originally got away. I didn't love the ending, and wish the author would have told a little more about Bess and Tegan's relationship, especially since Tegan tells the last chapter. I felt like I didn't know her very well as a character, and then all of a sudden she's telling the story.(less)
This mystery kept my attention and kept me guessing (for the most part). I did suspect one main twist pretty early on, but second guessed myself a few...moreThis mystery kept my attention and kept me guessing (for the most part). I did suspect one main twist pretty early on, but second guessed myself a few times.(less)
After years at war, Tom Sherbourne settles into life as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, off the coast of Australia. On leave in a nearby town, he m...moreAfter years at war, Tom Sherbourne settles into life as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, off the coast of Australia. On leave in a nearby town, he meets and falls in love with the beautiful, willful Isabel. They marry and begin life on Janus, but after two miscarriages and a stillbirth, Isabel has lost her soul in the grief and depression of being unable to bear a child. One day, a miraculous baby turns up in a boat and Isabel convinces Tom that they can keep it, instead of reporting it to the authorities. That choice will come back to haunt Tom, even as he comes to love the baby they name Lucy. As years pass, Tom will find himself unable to continue to live with the choice that haunts his life. But, will Isabel be able to live with the decision he is about to make? An emotional read that looks at human nature and how good people can make the wrong decisions for all the right reasons, or the right decisions for all the wrong reasons.
This book was heartbreaking for me, but I couldn't put it down. My heart hurt for all the characters in this book, and the pain they experienced. I truly understood why each character made the decisions they made, and had a hard time deciding who I wanted to "side" with.(less)