A tale as old as time. A spirit that has never rested.
As a love affair comes to an end, and with it her dreams for her future, artist Selena needs a retreat. The picture-postcard Sloe Cottage in the Somerset village of Ashcombe promises to be the perfect place to forget her problems, and Selena settles into her new home as spring arrives. But it isn’t long before Selena hears the past whispering to her. Sloe Cottage is keeping secrets which refuse to stay hidden.
Grace Cotter longs for nothing more than a husband and family of her own. Content enough with her work on the farm, looking after her father, and learning the secrets of her grandmother Bett’s healing hands, nevertheless Grace still hopes for love. But these are dangerous times for dreamers, and rumours and gossip can be deadly. One mis-move and Grace’s fate looks set…
Separated by three hundred years, two women are drawn together by a home bathed in blood and magic. Grace Cotter’s spirit needs to rest, and only Selena can help her now.
My Thoughts on The Witch’s Tree
The Witch’s Tree is heartbreakingly beautiful. The writing is exquisite, and the author done a wonderful job at bringing this story to life. I was equally invested in Grace’s story and Selena’s story. I also loved the paranormal elements that connected the two timelines.
Over time, Selena developed a kinship toward Grace. Both women had experienced grief and in an odd way they healed together. I’m not normally a crier, but this story got to me. It also humanized the effects of the witch trials in a way that I haven’t experienced before. Grace was a young girl who was just trying to help her friends, but then her village betrayed her. All I can say is be ready to experience a range of emotions.
And I can’t end this review without mentioning how detailed the author was when describing the herbs and botanical elements that Grace used. They were central to both points of view, and I could tell the author had done her research. I really want to live at Sloe Cottage and experience the herb garden that was so prevalent to this story.
Elena Collins is the pen name of Judy Leigh. Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of Five French Hens, A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.
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