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The Garden of Bewitchment

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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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Expected publication: 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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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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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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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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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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Lisa
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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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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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
Anna Szabó
I was excited to read this book because I’ve read another book by Catherine Cavendish and I really loved it. But unfortunately I didn’t like The Garden of Bewitchment. The story just couldn’t hold my attention.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy.
Anna Szabó
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book because I’ve read another book by Catherine Cavendish and I really loved it. But unfortunately I didn’t like The Garden of Bewitchment. The story just couldn’t hold my attention.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy.
Chelsea
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Heather Bennett
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Garden of Bewitchment is a great horror story. The book is well written and has great characters.
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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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