Title: The Witching Time by Rachel Faugno
Genre: Horror, Suspense, Romance
Length: 273 pages
Publication date: April 20, 2016
Publisher: Craigh na Dun, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Caroline Burdick is still mourning the death of her toddler son when she inherits an isolated old house from her great aunt Hetty, a woman she barely knew. But the unexpected windfall comes with a catch: she must live in the house for six months to claim her inheritance.
Set on a lonely hilltop in Brookfield, Massachusetts, the house terrifies Caroline, as does her aunt’s menacing companion Sarah Stratton, who has stayed on as housekeeper. Even more disturbing are the repeated appearances of Bathsheba Spooner, a distant relative who was hanged for murder in 1778, and the discovery that Hetty was high priestess of an ancient coven of witches.
The only light amidst the darkness is a beautiful young man named Eddy Ross, with whom Caroline falls helplessly in love. But that fleeting joy cannot save her from the deadly maelstrom of witchcraft and family secrets that shatter her world.
Happy Monday!! I’m excited to kick off this week and a whole new month with my thoughts and review on The Witching Time by Rachel Faugno . I’d like to send a big thank you to both the author and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book for the tour in exchange for my honest review of it.
The Witching Time is about a young woman who has just recently lost her young son in a freak accident. Still grieving over his death she goes to visit the property that has been willed to her by her estranged aunt who has also recently passed. Intent on selling the place and getting back to trying to pick up the pieces of her life, she is surprised to find that her aunt has written surprise requirements in her will that cause Caroline to stay on the property longer than expected. But the house feels strange and the stories she learns about her family and the history of the town are just as unsettling leading to more than she bargained for.
It has been a long while since I have read a witch-y story and I didn’t know how much I missed witch-y stories until now. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I really wish I had read it around Halloween.
I thought the book and the plot were really well written. It had a very spooky feel to it right from the start which I appreciated and totally put me in the mood to read more books in the horror genre. It was very well written and well paced, it caught my attention immediately and held it throughout. I loved our main character Caroline and I found myself really feeling for her at various times throughout the novel, I commiserated with her and grieved with her. I was spooked with her and just generally connected with her.
It was a very light read for me, definitely possible to read it in one sitting due to both length and pacing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. When it began it had a historical fiction feel to it because of the witch hunt vibe so that is what I initially thought the rest of the story was going to feel like but no, it was even better because it was certainly felt very dark and spooky throughout. I have always been fascinated with Wicca, witches and nature and this book was such a treat for me to read. I am giving this book four stars since I enjoyed it so much and I recommend if you love books about witches or want to get in the “Halloween is coming” mood.
About the Author
Rachel Faugno, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, makes her home in central Massachusetts. She teaches English at a community college and has worked as a newspaper correspondent, freelance writer, and magazine editor.