I stumbled upon Paula Brackston rather by accident and a happy accident it was to be sure. The Witch’s Daughter spans from 1628 to the early 2000s. The story is set in England, embodying the rustic, cottage charm of the more present day and the harsh, historical, rural setting of days gone by. It follows Elizabeth through her love, heartbreak, immortality, and self-imposed isolation.
Having settled into relative obscurity, Elizabeth finds herself, once more, yearning to connect to the outside world through a young protege, Tegan. Part historical romance, part fantasy, and part classic witch’s tale, The Witch’s Daughter is more of a weekend or vacation read. The kind of book you can put down for awhile and come back to later. This is not the all engrossing, stay up all night, blurry eyed, must finish, kind of book but hey, not all books can be. It is a light read.
What I liked about it is the historical pieces, the familiar witch’s cottage, the medicinal garden, and the finding of a protege. I am a sucker for a book with a witch’s cottage and garden in it. So while this may not top your favorite’s list, it is still a decent weekend read, if you are so inclined.
If you were looking for a book heavy on the romance, this is not it. I recommend The Cousins O’Dwyer series to satisfy the heartstrings.