Hexenhaus by Nikki McWatters
Synopsis: ‘In 1628, Veronica and her brother flee for their lives into the German woods after their father is burned at the stake.
At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Scottish maid Katherine is lured into political dissent after her parents are butchered for their beliefs.
In present-day Australia, Paisley navigates her way through the burning torches of small-town gossip after her mother’s new-age shop comes under scrutiny.’
As soon as I started reading, my stomach started to feel queasy. I knew this was going to be disturbing. Anything involving witch hunts usually is. I have read enough fiction and nonfiction about these disturbing times to realise things may not end well for the characters in this story.
This is a beautifully written novel albeit the topic is not the happiest. The story is told in three different eras, places and of three very different women. It is easy to follow the stories and the connections between each of the girl's stories is very interesting.
There is depth to the characters, the historical settings feel accurate and the story lines engaging.
An enjoyable read all round.
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