I finally finished this book after eyeing it up at Target for several months and maybe, years. Paula Brackston published this book in 2010 and I’m actually surprised that it didn’t get more mainstream attention. I had mentioned in a previous post that I was excited to read this book because of the witches and time travel. The witchcraft did come out in powerful form and the time travel wasn’t essentially time travel. When I think time travel, I imagine Dr. Who, The Outlander Series, Hermione’s time turner etc. That is not how Brackston portrayed it. I read it like a dream sequence or when Zack Morris would say, “Time out” and the scene would freeze (am I dating myself?!?!) But with all that aside it was a great read. Let me break the book down a little bit more if you’re on the fence on whether to read it or not.
Organization of Book
The book is broken down into different parts of the year and then to journal entries into a Book of Shadows. When the main character, Bess, has one of her flashbacks or dream sequences, the story goes to the date and time of those memories. Nicely organized. Very easy to follow so I didn’t have to flip back in forth if I had put the book down for the night.
The protagonist of the story is Elizabeth “Bess” Hawksmith, who was born in the 1600’s. The book takes you on a journey to finding how she became the witch she is now. Several other characters are introduced, but their story is not so over developed that you lose track of who is in the book. The author builds the 3 main characters deeper than anyone else and gives life to the other characters. Just enough to make the story flow well.
The book begins with Bess running from something in 1628. The story then moves to 2007 where Bess is beginning her Book of Shadows . Bess talks about protecting herself and her home over the years, but never really goes into too much detail. Bess does go into more detail when she finds herself letting down her guard when meeting a neighbor girl, Tegan. Bess goes on explaining her story of turning into a witch by a warlock named, Gideon. Bess has her immortal life due to Gideon, but she got much more than she bargained for with this exchange. The book goes on looping between past and present to develop the relationship between Gideon and Bess. The flash backs take you Whitechapel, witch trials, Jack the Ripper, and WWI. Both characters collide in a very interesting ways through out the book and having one pivotal moment together. I will not spoil it for you, but it does have an great ending. Brackston did leave herself the option to write more books.
Overall this book was great. I gave it a 4.5 stars out of 5. Very interesting page turner that thankfully did not disappoint! Did any of you read this? Write in the comments your thoughts!