The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

The Witch of Willow Hall

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.New Oldbury, 1821 In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Wil...

Details The Witch of Willow Hall

TitleThe Witch of Willow Hall
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherGraydon House
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Fiction

Reviews The Witch of Willow Hall

  • Melisa
    A very enjoyable, creepy fall read!I love this period - the propriety and all the rules and manners, the language, the fashion, the balls. All of it! Well, not all of it - although women’s rights were just starting to take off, women were still treated as the lesser sex. But I did enjoy how we have some very strong, outspoken, intelligent leading ladies in this story.We have a family who has moved to the country from Boston due to a scandal tha...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Beautiful, atmospheric, and haunting..... this was an exquisitely told debut...Hester Fox has wovin together this Gothic story of heartbreak and hope effortlessly.... as soon as I opened the cover of this book I found myself transported into the lives of the Montrose Family... finding myself in the middle of A scandal and the gloom and magic of Willow Hall....This was not the story of a witch, but rather the story of Lydia Who just so happens to...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Woo hoo, witchy woman...she got the moon in her eye! 🎶 🌙 🌙 🌙 🌙 It is the 1800s in Boston, Massachusetts, some two hundred years after the Salem witch trials. One member of the Montrose family is a witch, but she has no knowledge of this. There is a scandal that causes the Montrose family to flee from Boston to New Oldbury. Their new home is the gothic, eerie, but stately Willow Hall. It holds its own secrets within its walls. Will ...
  • Debra
    3.5 stars"Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well."A witch who doesn't know she is a witch! A family who flees Boston amidst scandal, moves to the town of New Oldbury in 1821. Looking to start over, will they find happiness, or will the past haunt them?The Montrose Family was once a prominent family living in Boston until they w...
  • Diane S ☔
    A Gothic tale, just perfect for October. A terrfic blend of romance and ghostly happenings. Set in 1821 New England, two centuries after the infamous witch trials, we come to a creepy house, with a family whose lineage holds many secrets. So incredibly atmospheric, this was a sisters read and some of us were reminded of the atmosphere rnvoked in past Gothic reads, Rebecca, Jsne Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The chilling kind of old fashioned read w...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Spooky, suspenseful & a little bit witchy!This book reminded me so much of the gothic romantic suspense novels that I used to love reading growing up. They were my absolute favourite stories and this tale just made me feel all nostalgic and reminded me of my fondness for these types of stories. THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL by HESTER FOX is a dark, haunting, romantic and an excellent debut novel that had me totally absorbed, entertained, and intereste...
  • Paromjit
    This is a perfect gothic, ghostly historical read for this time of the year, set in 1821 featuring elements of the supernatural. Hester Fox writes a family drama novel that just drips with chilling atmosphere. The well off Montrose family move to the small country town of New Oldbury after rumours and scandal drive them out of Boston. Willow Hall is their new home, infested with an unsettling and disturbing air, with a tragic history and ghosts t...
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    Haunting, romantic, and atmospheric—Hester Fox’s The Witch of Willow Hall is a deeply engaging gothic historical fiction novel that explores the notion of how we choose to become who we are. Set in the small community of New Oldbury, Massachusetts in the 1800s, this book has a cast of characters that will make you forget where you are and feel like you are part of this town. About the BookThe Salem witch trials are long past when the Montrose...
  • Hester Fox
    I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it <3Edited to add:You can find content warnings for THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL here:
  • Kendall
    The Witch of Willow Hall is a rich gothic mystery at it's finest!!!Our main character Lydia and her family move to New Oldbury after a scandal arises with her family. After the scandal, their family is ready to have a fresh beginning but somehow the past always sneaks up on you....coming back to haunt you. Lydia starts to realize that she has some special powers. A witch! Loved this part of the novel!! I am huge fan of supernatural. Lydia's famil...
  • Holly B
    3.5 STARS  A gothic romance with a mysterious family tree. The Montrose family is at the heart of this story and they have moved to the country with their three daughters to escape a scandalous family event.  It is 1821 and their new estate is Willow Hall. There are stories about the home and whispers of ghosts and strange happenings. The younger sister, Emeline is quite taken with mermaid stories and now has added ghosts to her list.The two ol...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Two centuries after the Salem Witch Trials, there's still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn't even know it.It was the year of 1811 and it was the Bishop boy that started it all. He pelted stones at passing carriages. He lurked around every corner, responsible for every terrible thing in the world that Lydia's mind could not comprehend. Her Pa brought home a black cat for her and her sister Catherine. It was an outdoor cat. The cat's ...
  • Anna Lee Huber
    Beautifully written, skillfully plotted, and filled with quiet terror, readers will devour this absorbing, Gothic tale of romance and suspense. Perfect for fans of Simone St James and Kate Morton.
  • Marialyce
    4 wonderfully Gothic creepy stars My reviews can be found here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... There are things afoot at Willow Hall. The family Montrose, have moved into their country home. Fleeing from Boston because of a scandal, the sisters Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline are forced to take residence in this omnivorous home. The year was 1821, and the happenings in and around the home, seem to bring hints of something strange, somethi...
  • Judy
    Hard to believe this is a debut novel - it is really very well written. I was totally absorbed in the story and didn't want to put the book down until finished. There's a lot more to the story than witchcraft. The Montrose family flees Boston in 1821 due to scandalous rumors and moves to New Oldbury into a home called Willow Hall. Willow Hall has a history of tragedy. This is the story of what happens at Willow Hall and especially what Lydia disc...
  • Mfedore
    I read an early draft of this book. I found the characters and setting to be very unique and well-developed. The heroine, Lydia, is a compelling character and I found myself engrossed in her experiences. This is the author's debut novel and I am excited to see what she produces next!
  • Niki
    THIS WAS SO GOOD. Creepy af but also romantic af?? Give me a John Barrett without the ghosts pls.
  • Samantha
    The ULTIMATE page turner!I typically don't read such dark novels, and I always hesitate when reading a new author's first published book, but the fact that the main character had a great aunt that was killed during the Salem Witch Trials, and I do too, I picked it up. Set in the 1800s of Boston, Lydia and her family have fled to the country side amidst a family scandal. She soon discovers that she too, is a witch and is struggling to come to term...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there's still one witch left in Massachusetts, but she doesn't even know it.If you are looking for an atmospheric fall / Halloween read, then I highly recommend The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox. What it's about: The Montrose family moves from Boston to New Oldbury in 1821 to escape the rumors that are circulating around Boston about them. They move into the Willow Hall estate which...
  • Lisa
    Love, love, love! Perfect for fans of Witchy reads, with parallels to Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
  • Mellie Antoinete
    Man I loved this book! Pride & Prejudice meets Jane Eyre with the winds of Salem gusting through the trees. A glorious autumnal read!
  • Debby Taylor-Lane
    It is rare I find a book that captures me so exquisitely I cannot put it down. From the moment I set eyes on this beautiful cover I began to fall in love. Nine hours later, as I read the final page, it owned my heart. The era research is beyond fault, the character development is top notch and the scene setting is so perfect you will feel the chill and smell the flowers. The highest accolade I can pay is to liken this to works by Austen and the B...
  • Lauren
    Witch of Willow Hall was such a joy to read. It was thrilling, and action-packed the entire way through. I found it incredibly easy to read--I was half-way through before I could put it down! It's rare to find a book that is so thoroughly enjoyable but also well-written and emotional. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great book to read!
  • Dianne
    Dark and ominous, THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL by Hester Fox is far too rich in atmosphere to fly along at a rapid pace. A beautifully written tale of menace, of ghosts and of a young woman with unexplained powers, dirty family secrets and a desire to know what love is.When Lydia’s family left Boston to escape scandal, the idyllic estate her father built promised new beginnings. But what hid beneath the beautiful mansion and the secrets within her ...
  • Riley
    This wasn't at all what I expected but I still really enjoyed it. The witchy/magical elements are really in the background which I was slightly disappointed by. But if you go into this looking for a historical romance with a bit of mystery I think you will like it more.
  • Kristi Schmitz
    Oh my goodness! Don’t you just LOVE this book cover? I think it’s perfect for this amazingly curious, dark, mysterious work of historical fiction awesomeness! I think this book, The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox, is being promoted as a Romance genre book, and it does have the most wonderful love story, but it’s so much more than that. I found myself utterly transfixed with this book, creeped out, and consistently desperate to find out ...
  • Cass
    What a story! It absolutely captivated me — as soon as I started, I had to keep going to find out how the tale would unspool. This is an excellent gothic romance, deliciously dark, full of secrets, shame, and the supernatural.
  • Ashley
    The Witch of Willow Hall is a skillfully crafted gothic romance. There were times that I felt like I was in 1821 right beside Lydia. The Montrose family flees Boston in the wake of scandal and rumors involving the eldest sister, Catherine. As they settle into the countryside, their father works to get a mill established with a local businessman, ghost seems to start to appear as tragedy occurs. The entire time you slowly get bits and pieces of wh...
  • Dianna
    I received a copy of this book for review. Opinions shared are mine.Initially, I was shocked to find that this book is author Hester Fox’s debut novel. Beautifully developed, the story line had the perfect blend of suspense and romance. There were a few awkward sentences that made me double-read, and I hope those are caught by the editing process before its October release. Fans of Gothic romance will devour this book! Willow Hall reminded me a...
  • Irene
    What an intriguing read! When the Montrose family was forced by scandal to uproot their lives and flee the city, I at first thought to myself that surely it could not have been that severe, after all what was not considered scandalous in those days? The scandal itself is a bit of a mystery, and there are hints that it may have been caused by Lydia or by Catherine, but either way I could not wait to find out what it was. Once settled in their new ...