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Don't play the game. In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed. Neighbour Matthew Dixon befriends Evelyn, but seems to have more than one secret to hide. Then the horror really begins. The ...more
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Published February 13th 2020 by Flame Tree Press
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Lisa
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Flame Tree Press, Catherine Cavendish, and Netgalley.
This was a quick read for me. Which means that I really liked it! I've only read one other book by this author, and it was also from Flame Tree. What I'm wondering is where has this author been all my life?
I love the time period, and especially how people back then thought of spinsters. How very quaint!
Catherine writes this time period, and the moors beautifully.
The ghosts? They were a bit shivery! I have known a few ghosts,
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Bob
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
When you sit down with a Catherine Cavendish story, you are guaranteed three things – a haunting atmosphere, a wild imagination, and fascinating characters. Each book is a fanciful, dreamlike, nightmarish read, and one that more often than not leaves you questioning your sanity.

The Garden of Bewitchment is very much a period piece, a work of supernatural Gothic horror that owes as much to Poe, Dickens, Wilde, and Le Fanu as it does to the Brontë sisters. Much to Cavendish’s credit, it feels like
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Latasha
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This book starts off slow while we are getting to know Claire and Evelyn and the details of their life. Then the Bronte's are introduced to the story. I am familiar with their lives so i'm not sure how or if this would have a impact on the story for others. The more you read, the more it becomes clear that Claire is having some problems. she's seeing someone who can not be there. This is the focus of the story for a while then the Garden of Bewitchment shows up. It sounds like it's packaged as a ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying discovering the books released by Flame Tree Press. It's re-awakened by love of horror stories and this one is no exception. A fascinating tale of supernatural and the tricks the mind can play on us.

I love the setting. I don't lie that far from the Moors and having seen them the bleakness is a brilliant setting for this story. I love the Victorian time period and all their superstitions and beliefs (from a distance, not sure I would love it if I lived then) and I think it all
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Juli
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Catherine Cavendish's creepy tale The Haunting of Henderson Close, so when I saw this new title pop up I knew I had to read it! Glad I did....Cavendish delivers yet another fantastically creepy tale! This one snuck up on me.....the story, the atmosphere and the horror build slowly, but perfectly. Loved it!

Two spinster sisters move into a new cottage. They bicker a lot, as sisters will. Each has their idiosyncrasies....Claire is obsessed with the long dead Bramwell Brontë and sees things
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Kimberly
3.5 stars.


THE GARDEN OF BEWITCHMENT, by Catherine Cavendish, is her latest novel released by Flame Tree Publishing. One thing I've come to expect from this author is incredible atmosphere throughout her entire story. This one is no exception to that! The Gothic feel set in almost immediately, and never let up.

We begin with twins, Evelyn and Claire, unmarried wealthy women, alone now since the death of their parents. In an attempt to hide from society--and the possibility of men after them only
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 Reading Divergence
I believe author Catherine Cavendish may have lived a past life or two in Victorian Great Britain: she possesses a rare and quite special gift for writing that period "from the inside," and so readers "experience" her stories rather than just peruse a narrative. I felt I lived with the characters in her newest, the spectacularly spooky supernatural story GARDEN OF BEWITCHMENT. Evelyn and Claire, twin protagonists, literally identical twins, their lives, their hauntings. Claire's obsession, that ...more
Tiffany Coffman
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was a great read! This is the first book by Catherine Cavendish I have read and I devoured it! If you love gothic horror, you'll love this slow burn ghost story with a touch of demons.

Evelyn and Claire, identical twins, move to a small cottage and things begin to become odd. A handsome stranger, a mysterious child's game and sisterly conflict create a story that will stick with you for a while.

I can't wait to read more from this author! Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this
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Russell James
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Queen of Gothic Horror returns with another dark thriller. A cottage in a small town, two quirky spinster sisters, and a whole host of ghosts. Throw in the creepiest doll house ever and this becomes a riveting tale with some splendid, surreal, scenes. Catherine has the ability to nail period settings and this book is no exception. Highly recommended.
Mary
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evelyn and Claire leave the prying eyes of the city for the solitude of the moors, and it is there that they encounter "The Garden of Bewitchment". If you thought the Ouija board was a dangerous toy, then you have encountered this one. Could it be coincidence that the one friend Evelyn makes, Matthew, has also had his own frightening experience with this evil game? Claire doesn't trust Matthew. Evelyn wants to, but she isn't sure if she can. The author kept me guessing through the entirety of ...more
Keith Chawgo
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cavendish’s new novel, The Garden of Bewitchment is a tale that bewitches the reader and entices them into the gothic period without over writing or over flourishing the style but keeping in with the tropes that make this period fascinating.

The Garden of Bewitchment is very well written and in the hands of this very accomplish author this could have fallen flat. Many authors try to give a nod to gothic literature which tends to become pretentious or so labours that one finds them struggling to
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Seven Jane
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Horrors both of our own imaginings and of the supernatural come home to roost in Catherine Cavendish’s The Garden of Bewitchment [February 2020, Flame Tree Press].

When the Wainwright sisters move to the country to escape the judgmental eyes of their neighbors—after all, what could be more scandalous than two spinster sisters living alone, unwed, and wealthy in the end of the 19th-century England?—what is meant to be a quiet respite quickly becomes a tale of deadly horror. And it seems to all
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Brad
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first experience reading Catherine Cavendish. I really enjoy the historical fiction genre and the timeframe and setting for this book were right up my alley.

The story takes place in 1893 close to Yorkshire. We follow two identical twin sisters, Evelyn and Claire, as the move from the city to a small cottage out on the moors.

Once settled into the cottage strange things being to occur. Claire says that she has conversations with someone who has long since been dead. Evelyn gets an
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John Lynch
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Garden of Bewitchment is the latest novel by Catherine Cavendish, are you ready to be haunted?

Sisters Evelyn and Claire leave their home to set down stakes in a quieter area. They’re looking for a fresh start and somewhere they are less known and can work on their writing together. But something is amiss, will the sisters make it out alive?

This was a fun period piece, Cavendish has a wonderful style of writing that draws you in, and makes you feel like you’re reading something from a past
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Sue
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
February, 1893: Sisters Evelyn and Claire Wainwright decide to leave their Yorkshire town home and head for the peace and tranquility of a cottage on the moors. A move which they hope will inspire their writing, as it did for the Bronte family before them.

As the sisters are settling into their home, a strange game, called The Garden of Bewitchment, appears in Claire's bedroom. The toy garden looks enchanting and harmless enough, but its appearance heralds a series of strange and terrifying
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Kimberly Godwin
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wealthy twin spinsters, Evelyn and Claire, have decided to move from their late parents estate to the moors to live a more quiet, private life than they did in Yorkshire. Their new home feels familiar but Evelyn can’t place why. Something about the cottage unsettles her sister, Claire as she starts to talk as if she is being courted by the deceased Branwell Bronte. The aroma of whiskey and cigar smoke wafts through the house without explanation. But the true weirdness begins after Claire ...more
D.K. Hundt
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
~Available Now~

‘In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed.’

I hate not finishing a book, especially when I have gotten three-quarters of the way into it, and though I found it difficult at times to stay connected with the characters and their circumstances in THE GARDEN OF BEWITCHMENT, I am really glad I read this book
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Alyson Rhodes
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was attracted by the plot description and requested this E-Arc from Netgalley. I do enjoy Victorian set, Gothic toned supernatural stories with the added bonus this time of it being set where I live in West Yorkshire and the added lure of the 'strange toy garden' in a box which sounded exciting. Twin sisters, Evelyn and Claire, move to a cottage near the moors, where Evelyn befriends their neighbour, Matthew Dixon but strange events begin to mount up- the cottage might be haunted, Claire is ...more
Brennan LaFaro
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
At the end of February, Catherine Cavendish and Flame Tree Press will be releasing The Garden of Bewitchment. This novel is a period piece, and although I’m not familiar with Ms. Cavendish’s other work, I sincerely doubt this is her first foray into historical horror. Cavendish writes 1893 with a certain sense of comfort and drops her characters right into the world she’s created.

The story focuses around twins, Evelyn and Claire, who live together after the deaths of their parents. The girls
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George1st
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is I think the sixth supernatural tale that I have read this year set in Yorkshire. With its remote rural isolated settlements the bleak and often windswept Pennine moors and the superstitious locals it makes an ideal location for things to occur that are not of this world. Of course when we think of such a dramatic setting one invariably thinks of the Bronte's and indeed Branwell Bronte's ghost is an integral part of this wonderfully entertaining and captivating Gothic novel.

With a style
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Lel Budge
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Evelyn and Claire are twins, the death of their father left them wealthy women. Something frowned upon by society and the neighbours, as two unmarried women in their 30’s is scandalous in 1893.

So, they decide to move to a small cottage near Haworth, on the Yorkshire moors. Close to their beloved Brontë family home. Claire is particularly obsessed by Branwell Brontë as she feels him close to her and has conversations with him…he talks to her.

Soon after they’ve settled in, Evelyn meets Matthew, a
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Lel Budge
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn and Claire are twins, the death of their father left them wealthy women. Something frowned upon by society and the neighbours, as two unmarried women in their 30’s is scandalous in 1893.

So, they decide to move to a small cottage near Haworth, on the Yorkshire moors. Close to their beloved Brontë family home. Claire is particularly obsessed by Branwell Brontë as she feels him close to her and has conversations with him…he talks to her.

Soon after they’ve settled in, Evelyn meets Matthew, a
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Kallie (pageandparlor) Lou Weisgarber
*rounded up from 2.5 stars*

Ev and Claire are identical twins that need to relocate to a small cottage in the country. Both unmarried, they get odd looks when they are out and about in town and they are tired of it. After moving in and downsizing their lives, an odd game appears in their new home and odd things start occurring. With the help of some new friends, they must figure out what this menacing game is. And what it wants from them.

I liked the prose in this book. Cavendish’s writing really
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Mary
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn and Claire leave the prying eyes of the city for the solitude of the moors, and it is there that they encounter "The Garden of Bewitchment". If you thought the Ouija board was a dangerous toy, then you have encountered this one. Could it be coincidence that the one friend Evelyn makes, Matthew, has also had his own frightening experience with this evil game? Claire doesn't trust Matthew. Evelyn wants to, but she isn't sure if she can. The author kept me guessing through the entirety of ...more
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After the death of their father, Claire and Evelyn decide to live in the country where it’s nice and quite. This little country side town also ties in with the brontë family and was where wuthering heights was inspired. Claire is obsessed with the dead Branwell Brontë brother. Claire is convinced she sees him and he visits her in person. Evelyn can’t convince her sister otherwise about Branwell. Evelyn takes long walks in the moors by their house and meets a fine young man named Mathew. On one ...more
The Happy Horror Nerd
One of the reasons why I enjoy stories from Catherine Cavendish is her ability to create interesting characters within a chilling atmosphere, and this novel was no different. From the beautiful prose at the beginning of the story, until the very end, I was hooked. The characters of Evelyn and Claire were incredibly well developed, and the dark mystery surrounding the strange toy garden kept my attention. Cavendish's well written descriptions elicited many shivers and sleepless nights, and I ...more
Danielle
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book to review. What an wonderful pleasant surprise !

The Garden of Bewitchment
by Catherine Cavendish

Emily Bronte has some serious competition in Catherine Cavendish !!!!
I will be writing a full review shortly however, THIS IS A WONDERFUL NOVEL and so difficult to put down. From page 1 it was totally engrossing and I cannot say enough great things about the story. Quick paced Gothic mystery set in the spooky moors with many references to
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Angela Maher
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
The setting of this book gives something of a vintage feel and yet the story is fresh and original.
A roller coaster of twisting turns and incredible events that takes the reader on a surreal journey right to the end. Who is who, and what is what, and what is really going on? It is a skillful tapestry that will keep you guessing, and keep you glued to the page.

Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the ARC.
Mrs Julie Gargett
A wonderful tale of supernatural intrigue, I had no idea it was going to end the way it did. I was reminded slightly of MR James, the story telling was fantastic!
The characters were well described and I loved that the setting was in Bronte country. The tale was well suited to the wild mysterious landscape.
I can't believe that I haven't come across Catharine Cavendish before, I will certainly be reading more of her books.
Thank you netgalley.
Georgia_books
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3. 5

I enjoyed this book,I mean the Garden of Bewitchment is just a fantastic idea, who would have thought of the horror that could be being held in a board game designed for children! I've never read a book with anything like it... Totally creepy!

Full review on my blog
https://georgiabooks.wordpress.com/
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Hello, my name's Catherine Cavendish and I write horror fiction - frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes.

My latest novella - THE DARKEST VEIL - is out now from Crossroad Press. In case you were thinking of messing with an ouija board - don't. Especially if you're not prepared to follow the rules.

Also out now - from Flame Tree Press - THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE.
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