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A Witch in Time

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A young woman in Belle Epoque France is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist.

In 1895, sixteen-year-old Juliet LaCompte has a passionate, doomed romance with the married Parisian painter Auguste Marchant. When her mother — a witch — botches a curse on Marchant, she unwittingly binds Juliet to the artist
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Redhook
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

The muse.

The actress.

The musician.

The witch.

There is only one novel in which you can live your life four times, in different ways, through two centuries, trapped in a deadly curse with a demon at your heels. If you are a fan of time-travel books like me, then the blurb alone at the back of the book should have you hooked in an instant.

Washington, DC, 2012 - After divorcing Roger, an art collector and “wunderkind in the philanthropy world” Helen is on a blind date with Luke Varner, who is
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to NetGalley for A Witch in Time.

They might regret it because I'm gonna rip it a new one.

I was really excited to read A Witch in Time because the premise had all the elements I look for: magic, demons, horror, love, tragic love!

I'm so there!

Then, I started reading.

** Danger Will Robinson! Spoilers ahead **

I disliked Juliet. Intensely. She is a silly little girl with no redeemable qualities.

In fact, the urge to punch her throughout the years only grew with my intense dislike for
Hester Fox
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, witch-fic
Fans of Deborah Harkness will devour this page-turning tale of love, reincarnation, and dark magic. A highly unique and enjoyable read!
Alma Katsu
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For fans of A Discovery of Witches, Outlander, and (dare I say it?) The Taker, A Witch in Time is a story of star-crossed love across the centuries. Dazzling and romantic.

Title: A Witch in Time
Series: Standalone
Author: Constance Sayers
Release date: February 11, 2020
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: fantasy, historical fiction

"Our illusions are powerful things we cling to."

I used to be cautious when trying out new authors. The unfamiliarity of their writing, not knowing how well you will mesh with their personal style, and the worry that the quality may not be up to par were things that went through my head. But in the last couple of years, I've found that some of my
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
I received this e-arc from NetGalley and the author for an honest and unbiased review that is solely my own.

The title and especially the cover are what caught my attention when I first saw this novel. The premise was icing on the cake. I want to preface by stating this is not like a young adult novel of curses, witches, demons and love. This isn’t even like Practical Magic level of witchery. This novel is a curse of revenge done by a lesser witch to “protect” her daughter but it backfires,
Iryna KL
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I received an e-galley of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!

2.5 out of 5 stars

A Witch in Time is a story of a young witch, an artist and a demon cursed to be reborn over and over again to live out a doomed love affair. Once I heard the words witch, artist and demon - I was so there! I was so excited about this book and the cover is gorgeous.

Well this book was not what I expected. The characters were flat, one dimensional, the book jumped the shark
Ginger Pollard
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable book about a young girl who is condemned by her mother to die at the age of 34, then to be reborn again. She lives four exciting lives. No spoilers! I liked it very much! Recommend!
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. Thank you, Netgalley!
All opinions are my own.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Witch In Time has all the elements that attract me to a book: witches, demons, past lives, reincarnation, and a cursed/doomed love. This book is about a human, a witch, and a demon stuck in a perpetual looped curse that three of them have to relive in multiple lifetimes. It all starts in 1895, when a Parisian painter, Auguste Marchant, seduces sixteen-years old Juliet. Juliet's mother, a minor witch, curses Auguste to eternal damnation, accidentally tying Juliet to Auguste's fate. Lucas is the ...more
Alyce Caswell
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Helen has lived three lives before. Each time she has died on her 34th birthday. And now her birthday is only days away. Can she break the curse in this lifetime?

A Witch in Time is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism - I guess the most similar title I can think of is Practical Magic (the book, not the movie). But I did at times find myself wishing there was a little more magic and a bit less realism - the title
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited about the premise of this book but was a little disappointed in its execution. Juliet's story is the main focus of the book, and she was the most annoying and not the most interesting out of the 4 reincarnations of the heroine. I would have liked to see more of Nora and Helen and less of Juliet and Sandra.
Also, there was too much detail provided about too many inconsequential things. As a DC resident, I appreciated a couple of the mentions of DC haunts, but they (and other
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre2020reads
I simply do not like this, it felt to me like a cobbling of stories that I've read and if I'm going to read stories like that I'd rather read the original books.
The Library Lady
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, ebooks
This was something I added to my tablet via Edelweiss, because it looked like the sort of brain candy I need at this time of the year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it--to the point of reading it in a single afternoon. It is well written, and you really get involved in the lives of the main character--and yes, that's "lives" plural and "character" singular.
My one issue is the endless name/label dropping in Helen's parts of the story. I don't need to know all the brand
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I really enjoyed A Witch in Time, but I’ll say this right off the bat—it’s not going to be for everyone. First of all, if you’re looking for a “witchy” book, with magic and spells and all that jazz, well…this is not going to be it. What we have here is more like a love story, and it’s a strange one at that. Delving into the concept of past lives and predetermined fate, this novel follows three characters and their various
Sabreena - Books and Prosecco

Stars: 2.5

Disclaimer: The amazing humans at Hachette Book Group Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of A Witch in Time in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.

A Witch in Time follows Helen aka Sandra aka Nora aka Juliet. The same woman, reincarnated over and over for more than a century. We meet her when she is Helen Lambert in 2012 and is beginning to remember her past lives. She learns about what happened in her first life and the curse that has
Sara G
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 out of 5 stars

A classic tale of bait and switch, a promise of a bewitching tale of passion, reincarnation and magic or so the synopsis state. Yet, reading it I found very little passion and even less magic but at least it delivered on the reincarnation. Even if at the most basic level.

The book follows four different stories of four different version of two characters and one that runs consistent throughout the book.

Paris 1890 the young piano virtuoso Juliet LaCompte is the first doomed
Cassidee Lanstra
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thanks to Netgalley, Redhook Books, and Constance Sayers for the opportunity to review A Witch in Time by providing me with an uncorrected proof. 4 stars from me!

Helen has lived many lives... she just doesn't know it yet. Newly divorced and reeling from the heartbreak of betrayal by her husband Roger, she starts dating. This is how she meets Luke, a stranger who is somehow utterly familiar to her. With his help, she begins piecing together her past lives. See, Helen has been cursed by her
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Thank you Goodreads for this giveaway win! Here is my honest review:

“A young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist, in this haunting debut novel.”

A Witch in Time (ebook) by Constance Sayers was my first Goodreads Giveaways win! Neither the title nor the cover appealed to me but the synopsis did.

There’s something special about this book. The reviews so far are very mixed, and due to some of those very critical reviews, I
Lisa Wolf
A Witch in Time is a haunting story of doomed, enduring love. It’s mesmerizing and otherworldly, yet also very much grounded in the here and now.

As the story opens, we meet Helen Lambert, a successful media professional in her mid-30s, recently divorced from a mover and shaker in the museum world, cautiously stepping back into the dating world. But the man she’s set up with on a blind date is both strange and familiar. There’s something about Luke Varner that resonates with Helen. He implies
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a copy of this via the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

In France, 1895, sixteen-year old Juliet LaCompte is a naive farm girl who falls into a passionate, but dangerous, love affair with a married local painter, Auguste Marchant. After getting with child, Juliet's mother--a minor witch-- attempts to curse Marchant for what he's done to her daughter, but unknowingly summons a powerful demon, and binds it to Marchant and Juliet for all eternity. Now, Juliet is doomed to
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-2020
A Witch in Time earns 5/5 Mysterious Lifetimes...Entertaining Epic!

Helen Lambert is the reincarnation of Juliet, Nora, and Sandra; each lifetime set in a different city, a different time, a different lifestyle with different trials and tragedies. The drama begins in Washington, D.C., 2012. Helen Lambert, through vivid dreams, begins to unravel the mystery of her past, her distant past, her connection to three women, and the tragic end her own life is destined to repeat. She learns of young
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2020
Thank you Redhook, Hachette Book Group and Netgalley for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

A young girl falls into forbidden love, and is cursed for it, cursed by her own mother to repeat a doomed life over and over again, only to die when she turns 34. Only the curse was an accident, a mistake. The curse was meant for him, the artist who she fell in love with. Now, haunted by a demon, Helen, formerly Sandra and Nora and Juliet, must unravel the meaning and
Doris Vandruff
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helen and Robert are heading for divorce. She almost always knew it would happen. Maybe they tried too hard to have a child. Anyway, he has a new woman in his life.
Helen has started having peculiar dreams. In her dreams she is different women. Juliet was her her first dream. Juliet is 15. She is to be married to the landowner's son.
Her favorite thing is when their neighbor an acclaimed painter comes to his house in the summer. He gets her mother's permission to paint Juliet. That last summer
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witches, demons, curses, romance, time travel, and period settings, there's not much to dislike in this time spanning novel from Constance Sayers. I appreciated the author giving detailed color for the time periods and the settings of the novel, from rural France to Paris, to Washington D.C., to Los Angeles, etc. I like to visit places in my reading. I could recognize LA and DC in this book. The romance was poignant at times, and one was rooting for the female protagonist. The ending was ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I featured this one as my CWW pick a little while back and was so excited when I received it to read and it was so good and worth the wait!

A With in Time is the story of a lesser witch who only wants to protect her young daughter from the likes of an older man by casting a spell, only it backfires and becomes a curse for her daughter. A curse that spans decades. Juliet has to relive her life many times, each time having to learn about the curse all over again, but it is also with the help of a
Sarrah Van
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sherri Lewis
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helen Lambert meets a strange man who claims that he has been her guardian since the late 1800's. Helen immediately assumes he is crazy, but he begins to convince her that he is telling the truth. Then she begins having vivid dreams. Dreams in which she was Juliet in 1890 living in Paris. Then she was Nora, a 1930's Hollywood actress. Then Sandra who plays with a rock band in the 70's in L.A. According to Luke, she is trapped in a binding curse that her mother performed. Unless she can find a ...more
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of “A Witch in Time” by Constance Sayers. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

The premise for this book sounded really interesting, but I don’t feel like I got to read that book? Instead I read a story of a woman remembering different reincarnations of herself. Any witchy magic parts were largely shoved into the background in what was more like a mashup of different historical fiction books throughout the past lives.

There was so
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of books with a supernatural theme and this one was done wonderfully. I really enjoyed the way the author intertwine the use of the various characters going back and forth Through Time with the main character and her various past lives. It worked very well for the plot and the character development was excellent. The main character, is bound to a demon for her entire life by a mother that was trying to save her back in the 19th century. Without going into too much detail we find ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Witch In Time" was a fascinating read. Reminds me of the "Time Travelers Wife." I couldn't put this one down until the last page. I could not believe this was Constant Sayers debut novel! Loved it!
Helen is on a blind date with Luke Varner after her divorce from Roger, an art collector. Luke is an odd character, but Helen feels he's somewhat familiar and doesn't know why. He claims they have met before. In fact, since the 1800's, he's been her guardian. Helen thinks he's crazy and leaves.

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Constance Sayers' debut novel, A Witch in Time, will be published in February 2020 from Orbit (Hachette Book Group). You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @constancesayers.

A finalist for Alternating Current’s 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Prose, her short stories have appeared in Souvenir and Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women as well as The Coil. Her