Welcome to A to Z! This year, I'm highlighting women's fiction books (and probably instilling a decent amount of cover love in the process).
W is for The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston.
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Confession - I really like smart paranormal, the stuff that is grounded in legend and myth. I wanted to read this book when it first came out, but read some less than favorable reviews, decided I didn't care, I wanted to read it anyone and I was hooked by this book within the first chapter. I've decided one of the reasons people don't know what to think of this book is because it's two genres, really - it's a smart historical fiction as well as a fiction read, so it's neither as serious as people want or as light. I thought it was perfect. And imagine my delight when I realized a different book that I'm so tempted to buy is by the same author.
Do you expect historical fiction to be serious? Are you more frustrated when a subject is lighter or heavier than you thought it would be?