The Witch's Daughter

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Macmillan, Jan 18, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins...

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories--and demons--long thought forgotten.
Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, The Witch's Daughter is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches. Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.

 

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This would have been great if Brackston just told Bess's story from start to finish. I am essentially just skimming through all the uninteresting nonsense with Tegan--this really takes away from the book.

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Tedious repetitive book all in the main character's mind. Her anxietys ad nauseum with nothing but day to unfascinating day details (i bought a pastry, who cares? Really you bought another one? Wow!)

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
16
Section 4
19
Section 5
22
Section 6
27
Section 7
40
Section 8
52
Section 21
174
Section 22
181
Section 23
187
Section 24
195
Section 25
206
Section 26
209
Section 27
210
Section 28
217

Section 9
76
Section 10
87
Section 11
98
Section 12
124
Section 13
130
Section 14
133
Section 15
134
Section 16
136
Section 17
139
Section 18
140
Section 19
146
Section 20
159
Section 29
218
Section 30
220
Section 31
227
Section 32
239
Section 33
253
Section 34
260
Section 35
276
Section 36
285
Section 37
289
Section 38
305
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About the author (2011)

Paula Brackston is the author of a travel book, The Dragon's Trail. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK, and her autobiographical writing has been published in several anthologies. She lives halfway up a Brecon Beacon with her partner and their two children.

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