Publication date: April 7, 2020
Pages: 448 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆
Strengths: Excellent story and characters, with non-ridiculous representation of witches
This was a wonderful book! I did several searches to try and determine of there is overlap between the author's witch books, but couldn't find out for sure. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will let me know ;)
Seventeen-year-old Annis Allington suspects there may be something a little different about her, but she isn't bothered by it at all. She's more concerned that as she becomes a woman in the late 1800s, her dream career of breeding horses seem impossible for her independently. And she does not want to have to marry a man who may give her permission to pursue her dreams.
Little does Annis know, her future is a greater risk than that of becoming a bored housewife. Harriet Bishop, and Annis' stepmother Frances Allington are the last of a line of Bridget Bishop, a powerful witched burned at the stake long ago. Frances wants to make sure Annis sets them up for a comfortable future, but Harriet wants to stop Frances' black magic and help Annis find true happiness.
This book stood alone fantastically, and covered most of the older witches' stories, with flashbacks to include their previous interactions. The ending also went past just the main plot points to tell how things went for all those involved long-term.
I loved this book and gave it 5 out of 5 stars. While the magical aspects are part of what made me enjoy it so much, the story is also interesting with magic as just the sideline.