A Secret History of Witches, a review by Lissa

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A Secret History of Witches
Louisa Morgan

484 Pages
Published September 5, 2017 by Redhook
Available on Amazon

I first saw this book on the New Releases table at the store I worked at. The cover and title are what caught my attention first. I’ve always been interested in witches, ever since I was a kid. And I loved the five vials on the cover along with the herb, it was very appealing to the eye. Let’s admit it, a good majority of people absolutely do judge a book by its cover. I am absolutely one of those people. The colors and shading on the cover give this book a calming and intriguing look, and the fading around the edges gives the book an old fashioned look, which I appreciate it.

Okay, now onto the actual story. As I said, I’ve always been super into witches, I think they’re awesome and fantastic. My first exposure to witches was through the movie “Practical Magic” and then onto the tv show “Charmed”.

This book is much closer to “Practical Magic” in the sense that the art of the craft is passed down from mother to daughter. The book starts off with Nanette in the 1800s, and it continues on to her daughter, then her daughter, and so on and so forth; for a grand total of five generations.

It goes through the history of this family of witches who practice the craft and pass along the power from mother to daughter. It shows the struggles of a family trying to survive in a time when witches were persecuted for who they were, their religion, and the power they had. It’s a great story of perseverance and the main character of each generation rising up to become a better person and take control of her own life.

I absolutely love this book. I think the author did such a great job with writing the characters and developing all of them, even the supporting characters. Each woman of the generation listed in the book were her own person in their own ways, and totally different from each other. They each had their own story to tell, and yet kept the same central tone of the story, of passing along this rich history and power. This is the first book I’ve read from this author, and I’m super stoked to read more of her books.

The only thing I’ll have to say about this book is that I think the author could have delved a little bit more into a couple of the characters. She took her time and expanded on the characters in the very beginning, but then the middle seemed a tad bit rushed. Regardless, I loved it. I also cried, a lot. I highly recommend this book, but be prepared to cry, so have lots of tissues available.



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