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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,376 ratings  ·  360 reviews
From the author of A Secret History of Witches comes an absorbing tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of World War II.

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar -- two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the
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Hardcover, 440 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Redhook
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"There are universes we know nothing of, Barrie Anne. Under the water. Beyond the sky. We live in a world of mysteries."

DNF @ pg186

TW: talk of miscarriage/infertility in this review

I am so, so sad to be DNFing this book. I have never 5-starred a DNF review before, but I am with this one.

It's a gorgeously written story and the witches in it are so wonderful. I honestly adore 95% of this book, but the 5% that I personally cannot handle is the only reason I'm putting it down. There are ma
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Erin
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to Netgalley and Redhook books for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

This book has an average rating of 4.03? Here I stand all alone and very confused. I came for the witches and ended up with Roswell, aliens, fish babies, and way too much time spent on Barrie Anne's backstory. The writing is good and this was my first read of Louisa Morgan. Also I really liked Aunt Charlotte and felt she was a fascinating person in the story. I just f
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/03/14/...

I confess, I wasn’t sure at first that I was going to read this. My experience with Louisa Morgan’s previous novel A Secret History of Witches was really mixed, and I had concerns that I was going to run into similar issues with The Witch’s Kind, its sort-of spiritual successor. Thankfully though, none of those concerns came to pass. Although this one does contain many of the same ideas, themes, and stylistic elements of
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Judy
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an enjoyable read! I totally enjoyed the writing, the plot, and the characters. The story is mostly about Barrie Ann and her Aunt Charlotte - their lives and the secret they share from their heritage.

Barrie Ann drops out of college to marry Will just prior to his deployment in World War II. What happens after their wedding date is the real story here. There is both heartbreak and joy in Barrie's life - and we can see this is the case with her Aunt Charlotte as well. Both Barrie Ann and Cha
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Mellie Antoinette
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
***#earc thanks #netgalley for an honest review***

WWII, wicked husbands, water magic, a wee mermunchkin and a four legged wunderkind. Oh and that cover, which is even prettier in person, 😲 #covercandy for the win.

I wish I had loved this one a little more. It had all the elements of a fascinating story, but I felt like it was a noticeable slow burn. The movement occurred in description and foreboding feelings, there were a few dangling participles storyline wise (perhaps we’re setting up for a s
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*Stani*
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-2019, netgalley
A very mixed feelings here. It was in between 2 stars and 4 stars in parts, for me.

The writing: was lovely and there were lot of things I enjoyed. Especially the narration was pretty nice and the descriptive part about nature, animals and places was definitely defined and well executed. I didn't care for the mixture of fantasy characters.

The present day was more enjoyable to read than the going back to past.

The husband was a bit laughable as a character - was a bit too over the top to be take
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Amanda
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I fell in love with A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan last year and I was ecstatic when my hold came in for The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan. Both books are standalone novels but share similar witchy themes. The book takes place in the Pacific Northwest and introduces Barrie Ann Blythe, post WWII. She lives alone on a farm. One day, her dog Willow brings her a baby that she pulled from the water, wrapped in a blanket. That is mysterious enough but it doesn’t take long to see the baby ...more
Linda
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what to tell you about this mixture of witches, mermaids, aliens, g-men and WWII that would make you want to read it. It's just a light dusting of all of that but it works so well that I kept turning the pages this morning until I missed breakfast. Sincerely hope there is a part two, not that the ending wasn't great..but well you will see. It's good.
Tracett
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lightly paranormal, but really more about the binding and loosening of various types of relationships. Are there witches? Sure. Are there aliens? Maybe. Is Willow one damn fine dog? Heck yeah! Nicely paced with slow spells to appreciate a hot summer garden, and rushing bits of panic and fear pushing the plot along. Hope there is a second generation follow up. Recommended for book groups who are safe havens to discus marital intimidation.
Areli Amaya
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Barrie Anne Blythe thought her life was going to be like a movie, filled with a passionate love and the acceptance and admiration of everyone around her.
But having grown up with her aunt, who happens to have a very particular and magical gift, Barrie Anne's dream of fitting in never truly came to be. Then, to her romantic heart's delight, she meets Will and is swept away in the beauty of the moment, and since World War II is an ongoing nightmare, Barrie makes the decision to marry him before he
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OutlawPoet
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m in a weird place with this book where I don’t know if I like it.

There were things I loved. I loved the author’s voice – it’s charming and has a fable-like quality. I also liked that she surprised me. When you find out what is special about the baby…let’s just say it’s something you likely won’t see coming.

But I didn’t like some of the characters, didn’t like the flashbacks (I definitely was more into the ‘present day’ story), and found our main character’s husband to be almost a caricature r
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Laurene
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up to 3 -- it could have easily been a 4 star read for me. With enthusiasm I opened The Witch's Kind and immediately lost myself in the novel. A historical novel centered around the beginning of WW2. The background story of Barrie Ann's relatives. The description of the farm, waterways and beaches were so well written and developed. The novel revolves around Barrie Ann and her Aunt's relationship, which neither would survive without the other. The family history of being able ...more
Hélène Louise
4,5 stars

This book was a very fast and comfortable read.
What marked me particularly since the very beginning of my reading was its timeless quality: This is a book that I could have read many years ago, after rummaging in my parents' bookcases. The writing is classic and an easy flow, with interesting and credible characters. The story is slow but with a very good rhythm, it was quite a page-turner for me! I was very afraid in the beginning, when I understood that the story will be switching, ch
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USOM
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Having been a fan of Morgan's ever since A Secret History of Witches, I knew I had to pick up The Witch's Kind. But The Witch's Kind is softer, it's less focused on witches, then it is focused on trusting your own intuition. The way women ignore their gut reactions, or their instincts are twisted against them, their memories prone to re-writing. There's a quiet tension that builds thro
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Amanda
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
To be honest, I don’t know where to even begin with this novel. This was one of the best books I have read so far this year. It’s not just a historical fiction novel. You have diversity, war, loss, abuse, a bit of fantastic elements. Not really witches. More, women in a family with premonitions around water. You slip into life of being a naive young woman thinking she has everything going for her at that particular moment. The character development is amazing. Every single moment in this book is ...more
Erica Bauermeister
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Louisa Morgan's best-selling The Secret History of Witches followed a matriarchal line of witches through the generations, each witch getting her own chapter. The Witch's Kind takes a different but equally successful approach, following the story of one woman living before, during and after World War II. When fate brings a baby into her life, it also illuminates the magic she holds inside her. This is a book about mother-love and failed romance, farming and the lure of the water. Set on the Olym ...more
Jordan
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
*4.5 This book honestly made my heart feel so warm and good, I’m rather sad to have to leave these characters.
Mkb
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Witch’s Kind features interesting characters about whom we learn more and more in a story that unfolds by jumping back and forth between the 1930s and 1940s. The author writes lovingly and engagingly of gardens, dogs, and family ties, but don’t think this is sleepy or pastoral. I read it in a day because I wanted to find what happened in these characters’ pasts and what would happen to them next.

As an aside, yesterday I finished another book set on the West Coast which also featured plants,
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Rebecca
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Orbit for hosting the Giveaway, as I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. This review is left voluntarily and expresses my honest opinion.

The Witch's Kind was unlike anything I've read before. History, suspense, witches, supernatural - check. check. check. check. The story flowed beautifully intertwining the events of Barrie Anne's life over the last couple years to the present. Full of secrets and intrigue this story kept me on my toes, I just had to know what happened and was going t
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Ed
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
A quaint and provincial story of maybe witches I guess?
This is a weird sort of book, and I still can't quite figure out what it was trying to be. Maybe it was a tragic romance, maybe it was an empowerment fantasy, maybe it was a lean towards suburban fantasy in the American countryside. Maybe it's just a quaint little story that doesn't really go anywhere?
It has a split narrative, but they are separated by less than a year, and given that we are told what happens in the past narrative fairly ear
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Rachael M.
Where do you even begin with this book for a review. I originally was on the thought this book would be about witches considering the title and about ww2 times by the synopsis but boy was I under the wrong idea. This book bounces between two different points in Barrie's life and they only converge within the last say 50 pages or so and quickly the book comes to a lack luster end. An end I saw coming but not so upbrutly and with minimal conflict. The book was very confusing to me as whole having ...more
Susan Crowe
This was a Goodreads giveaway win.

Such a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will absolutely read more by this author!
Laura plantladyreader
Louisa Morgan does it again! While I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did A Secret History of Witches, Morgan is an amazing story teller. Her ability to draw me so completely into a story, and really feel connected to the characters, is truly enjoyable. I love a tale of witchy women, and Morgan continues to deliver. There was also a sneak peek into her next novel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

This story follows the Blythe women - aunt and niece - as they navigate the world before, durin
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Marzie
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I want to like this book so much more than my intellectual reaction to it. It wasn't the book I thought it was going into it, though I grew to love the two protagonists, Aunt Charlotte and her niece Barrie Anne Blythe. I also enjoyed Willow and Emma. My main question is... Is this really a book about witches? I'm not 100% sold on the idea.

I found the historical aspect of the story (post- WWII) to be of interest (how people recover from war), and I liked the slow revelation of witchery a
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Wendy Laumone
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, it stayed with me and I still am thinking about it now, pleasurably. I wasn't sure I would like it at first, I'm not sure why, maybe it started more slowly than the other two equally excellent novels Louisa Morgan has written (not a series because they are not connected, though all are about witches) A Secret History of Witches and The Age of Witches.

The book is set in Post-WWII America, which is the most contemporary setting of all 3 books, but we do go back in time e
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Laurie
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A magical realism/historical fantasy story, The Witch’s Kind completely captivated me. It’s the story of Barrie Anne Blyth, a young woman in the time of WW 2, and her aunt Charlotte, who raised her. Barrie has a past with a man who turned out to be not what he seemed: a college man who joined the service when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. This past led her to a run-down farm that her husband bought without telling her; while she knows nothing of farming, she quickly learns from neighbors, bo ...more
Melissa
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Barrie Anne Blythe and her family are different. Peculiar say their neighbors. Barrie Anne doesn’t understand why until an abandoned infant appears who seems to be even more peculiar than the Blythe family. When Barrie Anne’s estranged husband returns a series of events take place that change Barrie forever.

I found the concept of this story quite unique. The subject isn’t one I think I’ve read about before. The book jumps between 1945 and 1947 and it really flows very nicely. Barrie Anne and her
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Diana Green
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Overall, this was a really good book. The writing was a pleasure to read, evocative, confident, and natural. I loved the vividness of the setting, and the two main characters were engaging, especially Aunt Charlotte, (artist, water witch, lesbian, and all round awesome person). Her niece, Barrie, was compelling most of the time, but I found her gullibility and self-blame about Will to be overdone, especially near the end, when she REALLY should have known better. That final stupid mistake, was j ...more
Mary J Starry
Very much enjoyed the book. However, the ending leaves you wondering just what will happen to Emma, who will either have to wear bonnets the rest of her life or someone will recognize there is something unusual about her!! Maybe there is a sequel planned.
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Louisa Morgan is the author of A Secret History of Witches, The Witch’s Kind, and The Age of Witches. Louisa is a yogini, a musician, a mom, and a dog lover. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and her spirit familiar, Oscar the Border Terrier. Visit her at www.louisamorgan.net. ...more

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