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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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    Did not like, did not finish

    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

    Great characters, engaging story.

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    The Witch's Daughter

    Good book, a little slow to start but the story picks up and leaves you hoping for more.

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    Alright read

    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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    Beteer!

    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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