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The Witch's Kind

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  57 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
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Redhook
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of The Witch’s Kind through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Witch’s Kind is the latest novel by Louisa Morgan. It’s a light paranormal novel, with lots of lush details and a casual buildup. It’s very relaxing of a read, while still having plenty of interesting things going on in the world around the main characters. It’s described as being perfect for fans of Practical Magic, and having read the book, I couldn’t agree more.
Barrie Anne is a capable wom
Nicole Fuschetti
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
World War II has ended, and Barrie Anne Blythe is content spending her days with her dog Willow on her farm in Washington. Yet while she is content, Barrie Anne is grieving. Having been abandoned by her husband Will during the war, she also lost their son just after he was born. However, one morning, after seeing a strange glow coming from the ocean near her farmhouse, Willow comes home carrying a bundle with a
Joanna Bennett
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

The Witch's Kind is about a young woman named Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte. Strange things are happening and soon a baby is found by their dog. With Barrie's long-lost husband coming back to town, Barrie and Charlotte must decide how far they will go to protect themselves and this newly found baby.

Barrie is an interesting character because a lot happens to her, especially when it comes to her marriage. The author does a good job of bringin
Carolyn McBride
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-reading
This was not a genre book. There were no character motivations other than to keep a secret and survival. It's not what you think it is. It is a moving, slightly disjointed book about Barrie Ann, and her Aunt Charlotte, and Willow, and eventually Emma. It is moving, it has heartbreaking parts, it has parts of generosity and wonder and... I'll warn you now though, once this book and its characters worm their way into you, they don't let go.
This was another one that I read as much as I could, as so
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Amanda Mae
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Witch’s Kind is one interesting book. Witches? Magic? WWII? ALIENS? An awesomely feminist queer lady and a strong main character? And did I mention aliens? If you enjoy history with a touch of magic and intrigue then you’ll love this. Plus, an aunt-niece relationship that was so sweet, touching, and supportive. Aunt Charlotte reminded me a lot of my own aunt. Also, I can’t end this mini review without mentioning the true star of this book: Willow (when you read it, you’ll know.) An all aroun ...more
Harry Jahnke
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A neat little story about magic, aliens, and fighting toxic masculinity. I love that!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was not for me, I thought it was going to be about witches then got aliens.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher
Evelyn Carrillo
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book from this author. Excellent character development, interesting family interaction. Subtle lesbian theme, hope future books do not concentrate on that.
ashley  lloyd spanton
Review - 2019-02-26
Whatever you think this book will be, it's not. Don't allow some of the other reviews to spoil the mix of elements here, but definitely pick this up with an open mind ready to embrace some wild ideas.

I loved how this started; the scene it set, the characters that were introduced. I loved Barrie Anne's home and the isolated but serene feel of everything. The writing was really strong, it was descriptive, sometimes a bit more than expected, but it built such a beautiful picture
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This mid-19th-century book with a mix of paranormal, government conspiracy, and strong feminism is exactly what I was looking for.

Barrie Anne and her aunt Charlotte are wonderful characters that carry the story, and at times, their goodness and their bond truly break your heart with happiness at times; showing that not all families look like the nuclear family image. Through the talent that they call “a touch of water magic” that has traveled down generations of Blythe women, Barrie and Charlot
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So I keep saying I dont read a lot of Historical Fiction but I have read a few recently and I think its becoming a new favorite Genre!

I LOVED this book. Louisa Morgan knows how to weave a tale. Her attention to detail and description was impressive. This story focuses on Barrie Anne and her Aunt Charlotte. The women and only the women in their family have a gift for premonitions. And their powers are heightened around water. Natural
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Barrie Anne Blythe is a woman with a past that consumes her present as the focus of her torment soon wanders back into her life, but before that happens she must decide with her Aunt Charolette what to do about a mysterious bundle her dog Willow led them to. Both women unique and strong face difficult decisions that war within themselves while uncovering the secrets of their new home. Can Barrie Anne escape a past of wrong choices and make a new live with possibilities or will she fall into bad ...more
Lizz Martensen
The Witch's Kind told a different story than I expected. Judging the book by the title and cover, I expected a story about witches ... and it might have had witches, but that simply isn't what the story was about.

I LOVED this book. Seriously, the pacing was slow and melodic (which isn't always to my taste, but it felt relaxing to read this story), the characters were interesting, flawed, and real. The story came alive on the page, which I think it really all you can ask for when reading a story
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received a free copy of the book from Netgalley and Redhook Books in exchange for an honest review
This book is about Aunt Charlotte and Barrie Ann, their relationship and 3 parts of Barrie Ann's life. Before WWII, during the war and post. Some of it is about Barrie Ann's pre marriage, marriage and post. Post talked about Barrie Ann's adopted daughter and dog. They are the peculiar people of the community, trying to protect their family's secret.
There is mermaids, witches, aliens, g-men, the w
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This just wasn't for me. I thought I was getting into a really good (maybe a bit creepy and mysterious) book about witches. What I got was something that felt like it didn't really know what it wanted to grow up and become. Was it about witches, WWII, the CIA, aliens, mermaids?? It was too much for me. I thought it needed to pick a subject a delve deep instead of skimming the surfaces of so much. What I did love was the author's ability to plant the reader very firmly in the location and era. Fr ...more
Carol Dass
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, netgalley-read
This was a terrific story and now I cannot wait to read The Secret History of Witches by this same author. This story jumps between the 1930’s and 1940’s but it was never confusing. The story touches on witches and aliens and WWII. Barrie Anne is a loving young lady, who makes a tragic mistake by marrying Will. Her Aunt Charlotte has basically raised her after the death of her parents. Charlotte “knows” things and warned Barrie Anne about Will, but she would not listen, she was in love. I really ...more
Phyllis Krall
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written with a touch of magic. This unique read focuses on love, loss, and hope. The narrative goes back and forth from past to present as a woman struggles after losing everything.

Barrie Anne lives with her Aunt Charlotte in the Pacific Northwest after separating from her husband and losing her baby. When Barrie’s dog Willow rescues a baby, she falls in love with the little girl who she names Emma. As time passes, Barrie and her Aunt discover that Emma is not an ordinary baby, and W
Kayla J.
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 Stars

The Witch's End was not what I expected it to be—not in a good or bad way. Just different. Based off the cover and title I was hoping for a book about the history of magic with a mini dash of romance and exciting family drama, but we don't get that. I personally had a hard time connecting with the characters but I still enjoyed learning more about them and reading their interactions. The writing and descriptions are bea
Leah Green
I liked the way this story played out. The story is about a grieving woman Barrie, and her dog Willow, and Aunt Charlotte. Barrie stumbles upon an abandoned child. She can tell right away something is different with the child. Barrie and Charlotte try to find out what has happened to the child.

This story jumps back and forth through past and present. Telling Barrie's story. It is an endearing story about family, trials, and tribulations. All in all a good read. With lots of different characters
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