21 August 2022

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor - Book Review

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais
Publication: August 23, 2022
Pages: 400 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆
Sweet Spark: If you never know the real story of a relationship between two people, let's assume you know even less if there's also magic involved...

First of all, I obviously loved this book! It's a hard
story to summarize, without giving too much away. The author does a marvelous job of building the story, so by the time the reader has finished the book, they realize they really knew nothing about it at the beginning.

Moonshyne Manor is the home and nearly another coven member with a found family of mature witches who live there and run the attached distillery. While it's made clear pretty early on that their home and their way of life are at stake, the true cause of all the trouble is unclear, besides being the 'evil townsmen.' 

In the first awful confrontation with the evil townsmen, we're also lucky enough to meet young Persephone, and her dog, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What is not to love about a young feminist ready to defend a houseful of witches in their 80s? This early scene gives more life to several of the characters, and had me calling my daughter in to read parts to her time and time again.

The story continues to give us more background info on all of the characters, and what brought them and the manor to their current dire situation. This is one of the best contemporary stories I've read in a long time, which is why I had to give it 5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this story to open-minded readers, willing to believe in the true power of magic, family, and love.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance electronic copy of this fabulous book. Receiving the book for free did not influence my review. 

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