Title: The Mercies

Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Pages: 345 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Winter, 1617. The sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. A young woman, Maren, watches as the men of the island, out fishing, perish in an instant. Vardø is now a place of women.

Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of the island to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In her new home, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place flooded with a terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs . . .

The Review

I have heard nothing but great things about The Mercies. Everyone I spoke to who had read it recommended it to me. It came with a lot of expectations that for me weren’t met.

This is not a slight against Kiran Millwood Hargrave. The premise of The Mercies makes it sound like it is my kind of book – an LGBT historical fiction with a feminist slant and persecution due to the belief in witches but I just didn’t gel with the story. It seems I am in the minority among my friends so this may have been a case of right book wrong time but at this point it wasn’t for me.

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Title: Witchcraft – A Beginners Guide to Witchcraft

Author: Sophie Cornish

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

Wicca is the religion of Witchcraft or Wisecraft. It is based on the spirituality of our ancestors – who worshipped the Goddess, God and the natural universe – in a form meaningful to women and men today. Wicca is a magical path which empowers us to grow, change and heal. It helps us live in harmony with the universe, others and ourselves. This comprehensive introduction contains all the information you need to gain an in-depth knowledge of Wicca, including:

  • Witchcraft ancient and modern
  • Celebrating Nature
  • Magic and spellcraft
  • Creating ritual

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

When I bought Witchcraft – A Beginners Guide to Witchcraft I thought it would have been a fantasy YA novella. I was wrong. It is a practical guide on how to study and follow Wicca. Whilst it was all very interesting, it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I bought it.

It is a great practical guide for anyone considering following Pagan religion and rituals.

Witchcraft – A Beginners Guide to Witchcraft by Sophie Cornish is available now.

 

Title: Hobb’s Cottage

Author: Ruth Saberton

Pages: 36 Pages

The Blurb

When Phoebe Summers moves to an idyllic Cornish cottage, dark deeds from the past quickly begin to cast sinister shadows across the present…

“Spooky, evocative and so poignant. The perfect autumnal bedtime read.” Chrissie Manby.

“Gave me real shivers!” My Book Shelf.

The Review

Hobb’s Cottage is a story that is based on historical events; events that could have happened in any town or village. The story is about a woman named Tilly who was accused of witchcraft because she was pregnant and lived alone. A few hundred years later a heartbroken Phoebe rents the cottage where Tilly lived. In a strange coincidence their lives are paralleled and Phoebe is haunted by Tilly’s memory and knows she has to right the wrongs of the past.

For such a short story Ruth Saberton packed a whole lot of themes into Hobb’s Cottage; themes of magic and witchcraft, loss and also a theme of prejudice to name just a few. The most enduring theme for me had to be one of loss; loss of love, loss of a child and also the loss of innocence. You cannot help but feel heartbroken for both Phoebe and Tilly that were both left by the man they loved and both lost a child.

It is strange because they were both the villain of the piece. They were both mistresses, breaking up marriages because of their lust but they are also the characters that we feel the most empathy for. It was rather clever of Saberton to choose to write a book like this. It was also very brave. Chances are we could have adopted the attitude that both Phoebe and Tilly got what they deserved. Yet we never think that. Kudos for the writing skills there Ruth Saberton.

Hobb’s Cottage by Ruth Saberton is available now.

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Hobbs Cottage