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Synopsis

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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The Witch's Daughter
Average rating
3.9 / 5
Well written
July 26th, 2015
Ms. Brackston did a truly remarkable job with her first ever novel. There's love and family, witch trials, black plague and above all a woman who chooses the lesser of two evils in a moment of despair. After centuries of being alone and pushing her magic into the background Bess Hawksmith encounters a young woman, still in high school, who elicits her own curiosity. We learn about her life, trials and tribulations as she speaks to Tegan about her life. The characters and places were vivid without being garish and you could almost follow along through the centuries with Bess as she tries to live her life the best she can. All in all Witch's Daughter is an engaging read with something for everyone. I am definitely looking forward to reading others in this series.
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A Great Story
July 6th, 2015
I really enjoyed reading The Witch's Daughter. From the very beginning it had my full attention, and if it wasn't for having to go to bed I probably would have read this thru non-stop. The story was always interesting, and the way the book was sectioned off just made it that much more enjoyable to read. You knew that at the end of one section/beginning of the next that you were entering into a later time in her life that would help make the story more full than it was before. When I had finished with the book I was hoping to see the possibility of a continuation. With the same main character, or with her daughter. It's THAT good. Don't stop and wonder if you should read it. Just go ahead and do it. I believe you'll enjoy it just as much as I did.
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1 person found this helpful
Did not like, did not finish
May 27th, 2015
I love historical novels, but not poorly written ones. The author claims to have done exhaustive research but the historical parts are full of anachronisms (a 16 year old farmer's daughter in the early 1600s knows how to read and it's not treated as anything special???), and the magic themes are laughably simplistic (a bad warlock makes a deal with Satan to get limitless power!). The titular witch is bland and boring throughout the centuries--despite the author constantly telling us how bold and independent she is--and the only reason she evades the evil warlock hunting her is that he is even MORE stupid than she is (should've made a deal with Satan to get some brains). The 3 historical sections of the book (1600s, Victorian Era, World War I) are identical in plot--literally, the same thing happens in each one and I quit reading at the beginning of the WWI section when it became obvious it was going to follow the formula of the first two. I can't recommend this to anyone, especially not big fans of historical novels.
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The Witch's Daughter
April 22nd, 2015
Absorbing, romantic, terrifying. Characters you want to time travel with through distant and recent historical eras. You will find yourself quickly turning the pages to see what happens. A very satisfying book.
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Loved it!
January 30th, 2015
Kept me interested all the way! I liked the way she used her skill for the betterment of others. The author did a good job of holding my interest.
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Beteer!
December 30th, 2014
Much better than i expected. Characters were built well but the author was a little wordy in some parts. Still enjoyed it
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The Witch's Daughter
December 25th, 2014
Certainly a different take on the genre, a little slow:-) Some parts are tied into actual events, the descriptions of early surgery and medical techniques is chilling. Thank heavens we've come a long way!
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Splendid
July 5th, 2014
The move in time and the expectation that my intuition of who Gideon was going to impersonate next was fantastic.
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The Witches Daughter
April 11th, 2014
A good read; enjoyed it. Good, well rounded characters and interesting plot line .
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1 person found this helpful
The Witch's Daughter
March 7th, 2014
Not as good as The Winter Witch
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A good read
March 7th, 2014
The Witch's daughter was well written enough to peak my interest to be the next book. I enjoyed the historical fiction with a witchy twist.
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The Witch's Daughter
February 8th, 2014
A wonderful tale of magic, love and friendship.
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RN
October 2nd, 2013
Interesting. Not overly thrilled with it but overall a fair book.
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1 person found this helpful
The Witch's Daughter
July 15th, 2013
Great characters, engaging story.
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The Witch's Daughter
June 7th, 2013
Kept my full attention. I couldn't put it down
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1 review
Exciting and mesmerizing!
May 18th, 2013
Exciting and mesmerizing! Could not put it down!
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The witch's daughter
April 29th, 2013
Excellent read. Well written and entertaining.
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1 person found this helpful
The Witch's Daughter
April 3rd, 2013
Good book, a little slow to start but the story picks up and leaves you hoping for more.
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The Witches Daughter
March 24th, 2013
It was a good read. Very interesting book, I likes how the stories intertwined to create a truly wonderful storyline and development of characters.
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The Witches Daughter
March 24th, 2013
It was a good read. Very interesting book, I likes how the stories intertwined to create a truly wonderful storyline and development of characters.
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The Witches Daughter.
February 16th, 2013
Enjoyed this book, more than I actually thought I would! It got better the further I read.
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Very good.
January 20th, 2013
I liked the book but the ending wasn't the greatest ending. Wish there was more to it
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One never knows...
January 9th, 2013
Witches walk amount us but do they all have the same types of adventures? This book a little out of my usual line of reading but enjoyed it. Easy to read and found myself staying up too late reading.
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Alright read
December 31st, 2012
Good book overall. Kind of tedious, predictable and a small bit silly, the most interesting bits were the "back in time " parts. Maybe just not the book for me.
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1 person found this helpful
Alright read
December 31st, 2012
Good book overall. Kind of tedious, predictable and a small bit silly, the most interesting bits were the "back in time " parts. Maybe just not the book for me.
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