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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Holly has been mortal all her life. Now at thirty-eight, her fairy godfather arrives to tell her she’s a witch, and suddenly she's having to come to terms with the uncertainties of an alarmingly magic-fuelled world. Magic is not like it is in the books and films, and Holly starts to doubt whether her fairy godfather, Partridge Mayflower, is the fey, avuncular charmer he ...more
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Vagabondage Press
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Lilian Flesher
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-reads
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

This is paranormal at its best, what a truly well written, informative, extraordinary book. What do you do when at almost hitting 40 years old you suddenly are informed that you have WITCHLIGHT which has been inherited from your mother? This is the story about a woman who in her late 30s does exactly that, finds out from a rather peculiar male witch with an even more peculiar name Patridge Mayflower, who is there to
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
This is a very whimsical 'almost stiff upper lip type of British' book and evocative of children's books I read as a kid, that were written way back in the early part of the 20th century. Despite the mention of contemporary items such as mobile phones it could easily have been written in the 1940's.

TBH, I still don't really know if I liked it or not, as it did take some time to get 'meaty' and I could see what was coming a mile off. I guess that means, not so much.
Stacey Wendy  Hammond
Very much a female Harry Potter of the modern day.
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Note: I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

I quite liked this story, it was different yet familiar, and had characters who were quirky and likeable, as well as a story that was filled with magic and a touch of danger, suspense, and mystery.

Holly is a good main character, she is likeable and tells her story well, and Watts makes her stand out without having her take over the story. Holly is strong minded and determined, and though she accepts her new life, she is
Lone Alaskan
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fairytale with a paranormal twist is not your average every day Twilight-esque book. No, this little novel is so much more than that. The storyline although strewn with all of the magical influence you'd hope for in a witchy tale, is completely unique- and I truly cannot compare it to anything else I've ever read.

Holly is your average every day 38 year old... well, at first she is. Unknown to her she's actually a witch- with magic inherited to her through her mother. In a twist of fate her
Gayle B
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witchlight intrigued me because it has a Harry Potter flavor to it. And I loved all the Harry Potter books.

But it is not a children's book

The main character is Holly, who is 38, lives alone, has a job in which she can support herself, a great cat and a seemingly pretty good life. Enter Partridge Mayflower who introduces himself as her fairy godfather. Partridge breaks the news to Holly that she was actually born a witch, and she has a great deal of "witchlight", more than the average witch. The
Susan Roebuck
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive a pre-publication copy of this contemporary fantasy novel which follows the development of Holly's discovery that she possesses witchlight, inherited by her mother. The problem is that she has lived into her thirties being unaware of this fact. Abandoned in a cardboard box, she was adopted at birth and her adoptive parents live mundane lives in Croydon, Surrey.

The revelation comes from male witch Partridge Mayflower who pops up one day and offers to be her mentor.
There are some books you just really want to like but...can't. Or at least not as much as you wanted to.

It's not that Witchlight was bad, but it took me a while to get into the story. The start was pretty slow and a bit boring that I wasn't encouraged to continue reading, but I've decided to push through anyway.

The paranormal story picks up halfway to the middle, and then I'm caught up in a world of secrets and old magic. The story quickly picks up the pace and before I know it, I'm nearing the
T.M.B.A. Corbett
I read this book not for the cover, which I was not a fan of, but because the author was giving out a few copies for honest reviews. Here is my honest review....This is a well crafted unique fairy tale!
I was captured by the book from the first chapter. The book was not fast paced in the beginning nor was it full of suspense for the first half but the world building was the feature that hooked me. About half way through the book the suspense and pace picks up tenfold. I truly enjoyed the
P Bee
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the stories where the main character's life is completely turned upside down and they have to cope with a brand new reality. This is one of those books and the author does a great job of deconstructing and reconstructing the life of Holly. She's made it to 38 without discovering she's a witch and now her Fairy Godfather appears to show her the way.

The dialogue in the book is quite clever and funny. Some of Holly's thoughts border on sarcasm but again accompanied with enough humor to
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely the first time I've read something like this. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I opened this book, but inside, there is a great story to be found. It's definitely not your typical fantasy book: it has magic and the paranormal, but it's without the fluff that can be found in most YA books. I would say that this would probably be for older audiences, (though that is not to say the younger audiences can't enjoy it as well...), but if you're looking for a cast of lovely ...more
Annalisa Crawford
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a great read - I loved the fact that the main character, who discovers she's a witch, is nearing 40. So rather than this being another YA read, with the same teen angst, Watts has created a character that has a job to hold down, bills to pay and grown up relationships to maintain.

The novel starts out as a fun romp, as Holly gets used to her new-found witchlight, but gradually the tension increases as not everyone is who they say they are.

I loved the author's style, and already have her
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's considerably lighter that Watts' first novel, A Darker Moon, but it's a lot of fun and a page turner. I liked the combination of fantasy, humour and darkness as well as the contrast between real life and magic.

The one similarity with A Darker Moon is the language. Watts' prose is very smooth and both books are beautifully written. A Darker Moon is more thought provoking, but Witchlight is really entertaining.
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J.S. Watts is a British poet, novelist and short story writer.

She was born in London and now lives and writes in East Anglia. In between, she read English at Somerville College, Oxford and spent many years working in the UK education sector.

Her poetry, short stories and non-fiction appear in publications in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the States and have been broadcast on
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“Holly girl, you are all too human, I can assure you. Prickly and awkward and human, because that's what witches are - human, that is, not necessarily the prickly and annoying bit. That's just you.” 4 likes
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