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Publisher Description

Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could--with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

Fiction & Literature
March 8
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

Second book in series!

The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston is the sequel to The Witch’s Daughter. Gideon Masters is free after five years. Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith knows that he will immediately come after Teagan, apprentice Hedge Witch. Gideon is stronger than ever thanks to some help. Despite their fortifications, Teagan is taken. Elizabeth will do whatever she must to get her back. After doing some investigating, Elizabeth finds out that Gideon has taken Teagan back in time. Elizabeth enlists the help of a Time Stepper to go back in time and rescue Teagan from the ruthless Gideon. Will her journey be successful?

In order to understand and enjoy The Return of the Witch, you do need to return The Witch’s Daughter (otherwise you will be lost). I have to admit that I had a very hard time reading Return of the Witch. I found it extremely slow paced (and boring). The writing is stilted and awkward to read (lacks a good flow). I was never able to get into the story and enjoy it. There is a lot of detail (about items outside the cottage, the cottage, people, etc.) which bogged down the story. Also, the book is told from alternating points of view (first Elizabeth, then Teagan, etc.). I give The Return of the Witch 3 out of 5 stars. This book was just not my style. I wanted to like it (because I really like books with witches and magic in them). Books are like people. They are each unique and appeal to different individuals.

I received a complimentary copy of The Return of the Witch from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

Morganna's Mommy ,

It’s about time!!!

I waited for this book to come out and was rewarded with something that lived up to my imagination. Thanks to the author for closing this circle and completing this good work! Read The Witch’s Daughter and then follow it immediately with this book. You won’t regret it.

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