Books from the Backlog #251

Posted February 2, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 23 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #251The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
Series: The Witch's Daughter #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 31, 2012
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
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In this enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith—perfect for fans of A Discovery of Witches and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane—a fiercely independent woman desperate to escape her cursed history must confront the evil which has haunted her for centuries


An enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith, a fiercely independent woman desperate to escape her cursed history who must confront the evil which has haunted her for centuries

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches. A tale of magic and love and loss. A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be. Let me tell you what it means to be a witch.

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: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had. 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. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But will she be able to stand against Gideon--who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul--in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?

Why did I add The Witch’s Daughter to my bookshelf?

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the publisher as a surprise a little more than a year ago and I have been eager to read it. I have really enjoyed Brackston’s Found Things series and I have a feeling that this will be a book that works well for me. I picked up a copy of the audiobook a few months ago so this is one that I hope to get to soon. I am a little nervous because it looks like quite a few of my Goodreads friends gave it 3 stars but I still think that it is worth a try.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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23 responses to “Books from the Backlog #251

  1. That’s a new to me one! I hope you do enjoy this one eventually despite Goodreads friends not enjoying it as much. I sometimes found I LOVED other books some of my friends thought meh of and the same vice versa! Every now and then we both came to a conclusion that we loved the same book completely! Lol. So hopefully you will love this one too!

    • I have found the same thing. I try not to let what others think impact my reading but it can be hard at times.

  2. I remember when this came out and thought it looked interesting but never read it. I’m looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it!

  3. This one looks intriguing.
    I am working hard on my TBR shelf, coming across some books that have been languishing there for at least a year! I am setting my self a challenge to read one book from the backlog each month…we shall see…