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The Winter Witch

by Paula Brackston

St. Martin's Press | April 28, 2014 | Hardcover

The Winter Witch is rated 4.34782608695652 out of 5 by 23.

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in The Winter Witch, an enthralling tale of love and magic.

In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic-the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice.

After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai's farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Here, where frail humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, her wild nature and her magic blossoming. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana's affections. It's not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there-a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything in this beautifully written, enchanting novel.

"An enthralling tale of love and magic." -USA Today

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.64 × 5.96 × 1.29 in

Published: April 28, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250001315

ISBN - 13: 9781250001313

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from new Paula Brackston fan I loved this book and subsequently went on to read a few more Paula Brackston books.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch Fanatsy rules. Laugh & cry, rage & cheer. Spellbinding! Didn't want it to end. Next Brackston please…
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from um? I bought this book a while ago and went to read it today but the very first page of the book was a wall of text. The bottom of the page said it was the 23rd page so what happened to everything before it? It didn't look like the pages were ripped out, just as if someone forgot to put them in in the first place. Odd.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch I am bewitched. The pages turn with increased speed as I cannot wait to find out what happens. I can feel the warmth of the hearth and the bitter cold of the desolate but beautiful Welsh landscape. The characters are flesh and blood, the writing eloquent and precise.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch I don't usually read this type of book however this one caught my eye and I thought I'd give it a try. The story was good and kept my interest. The only thing I thought could have been improved on was the ending. I thought it was rushed as if the author was in a hurry to finish.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Would like to see this as a movie. A little romance. A little suspense. A well written ending. Except maybe a volume 2.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch First chapter was slow but I enjoyed reading this novel. Easy to get lost in and an easy read. Wished it was a bit longer.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story Good story, well written, with some interesting plot twists. This book won't WOW you, but it also won't bore you, just a well written book.
Date published: 2014-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch I was truly moved by this magical story. Fantastic ending!
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch A fun read. Very enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is an excellent book, very well written. I enjoyed this story & all its fantastic descriptive detail :-D
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winter Witch A good easy read. J
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch Descriptive, imaginative and compelling. A young, speechless witch overcomes a host of tragedies in an effort to save her husband, herself and her home. I would have given it five stars, but in a section of the book, it got to be a bit much as far as evil doings are concerned.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book isawesome
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch Great read. Good plot and character sketch and rapore in their interactions with one another.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book will read the next one A good read. A little slow at times but a very entertaining story. I liked the ending and will definitely read the next one
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable but! I thoroughly enjoyed the authors writing but I was hoping for a more lighted hearted story.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch Good story, lots of twists & turns...one a bit to far fetched but because the story was great, I think I'll let it slide. Will now read more from Paula.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting until the end I enjoyed this story very much but had difficulty with some of the words.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read It was a slow start but it picked up quite a bit. I definitely didn't expect the plot at all? It was a very very good read. Loved it!
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Winter Witch Good story. Even though you knew what the outcome probably was, it was interesting to see how it would resolve itself.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had my heart going more than once! Could not put it down, faster paced than a lot of romances I've read, has magick, mystery, and a wonderful love story. Will be checking out more of this author.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great escape If you enjoy magic, historical fiction with a touch of romance this novel is perfect. It was a wonderful escape.
Date published: 2013-03-18

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The Winter Witch

The Winter Witch

by Paula Brackston

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.64 × 5.96 × 1.29 in

Published: April 28, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250001315

ISBN - 13: 9781250001313

About the Book

In a 19th-century Welsh town, fledgling witch Morgana must defend her love, her home, and her life in this enthralling tale perfect for fans of "A Discovery of Witches."

Read from the Book

1. Does the spider consider herself beautiful? When she gazes into a dewdrop, does her reflection please her? Her web is finer than the finest lace, her body a bobbin working her own whisper thread. It is the web people admire. Its delicacy, its fragile strength. But the spider, poor creature, is thought of as ugly. She repulses some. Sends others into fainting fits. And yet she is beautiful, or so it seems to me. So nimble. So deft. So perfectly fashioned for the life fate has chosen for her. Like this one, here, in my palm. See how she ponders her next step, testing the surface, this way and that, her tiny feet tickling my skin, the hairs on her body sweeping my hand as she moves. How can something so exactly suited to its surroundings, to its existence, not be deserving of our admiration? How can a form so elegant, so neat, so sleek, not be recognized as beautiful? Must everything be pretty to be adored? The ladybird has black legs and a beetle body, but girls exclaim over the gaiety of her red wings and the cheerfulness of her spots. Must we always bedeck ourselves in prettiness to be thought pleasing? It would appear so. A woman must look a certain way to be worthy of a man’s attentions. It is expected. So here I stand, in a borrowed white gown, with flowers in my hair and at my waist, gaudy as a maypole, looking how I never look, presenting an aspect of myself that does not exist. It is a lie. How much happier I would be to don the gossamer spider’s web as my veil. And
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From the Publisher

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in The Winter Witch, an enthralling tale of love and magic.

In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic-the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice.

After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai's farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Here, where frail humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, her wild nature and her magic blossoming. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana's affections. It's not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there-a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything in this beautifully written, enchanting novel.

"An enthralling tale of love and magic." -USA Today

About the Author

PAULA BRACKSTON has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK. In 2007 she was shortlisted in the Creme de la Crime Search for new writers. She lives in Wales with her family.

Editorial Reviews

"New York Times best-selling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of early 19th century Wales in The Winter Witch, an enthralling tale of love and magic." -USA Today"There's a whiff of Harry Potter in the witchy conflict--a battle between undeveloped young magical talent and old malevolence--at the heart of this sprightly tale of spells and romance, the second novel from British writer Brackston (The Witch's Daughter, 2011).. Love of landscape and lyrical writing lend charm, but it's Brackston's full-blooded storytelling that will hook the reader." -Kirkus"Brackston delivers an intimate paranormal romance that grounds its fantasy in the reality of a 19th century Welsh farm." -Publishers Weekly"Paula Brackston's Winter Witch is a whimsical and mystical tale that's part romance part mystery part fantasy and all extraordinary. Her beautiful narrative moves flawlessly throughout the story. This unique novel will appeal to fans of a multitude of genres from historical to fantasy and will engage fans of all ages as well." -www.thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/"Lushly written with a fascinating premise and an enthralling heroine, The Witch's Daughter will linger long in memory after the last page has been savored. Highly recommended." -Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Betrayal"A beautifully written, brilliantly crafted page-turner that completely invests you in the lives and loves of the witch's daughter. A true reading event." -Melissa Senate, author
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