LULLABY FOR WITCHES
Author: Hester Fox
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Publisher: Graydon House
Augusta Podos has just landed her dream job, working in collections at a local museum, Harlowe House, located in the charming seaside town of Tynemouth, Massachussetts. Determined to tell the stories of the local community, she throws herself into her work–and finds an oblique mention of a mysterious woman, Margaret, who may have been part of the Harlowe family, but is reduced to a footnote. Fascinated by this strange omission, Augusta becomes obsessed with discovering who Margaret was, what happened to her, and why her family scrubbed her from historical records. But as she does, strange incidents begin plaguing Harlowe House and Augusta herself. Are they connected with Margaret, and what do they mean?
Tynemouth, 1872. Margaret Harlowe is the beautiful daughter of a wealthy shipping family, and she should have many prospects–but her fascination with herbs and spellwork has made her a pariah, with whispers of “witch” dogging her steps. Increasingly drawn to the darker, forbidden practices of her craft, Margaret finds herself caught up with a local man, Jack Pryce, and the temptation of these darker ways threatens to pull her under completely.
As the incidents in the present day escalate, Augusta finds herself drawn more and more deeply into Margaret’s world, and a shocking revelation sheds further light on Margaret and Augusta’s shared past. And as Margaret’s sinister purpose becomes clear, Augusta must uncover the secret of Margaret’s fate–before the woman who calls to her across the centuries claims Augusta’s own life.
Augusta is tired of her job as a guide at the historical jail. When her dream job comes open at Harlowe House, she jumps at the chance. Harlowe House was once owned by a shipping magnate. He had a daughter named Margaret. But, as Augusta begins to delve into her life, she discovers a very strange history indeed. Augusta begins to find herself pulled into some strange visions and she discovers a shared past.
Augusta is a character I adored. Basically because she comes into her own in this book. She develops a backbone and discovers what she wants. But Margaret has some sinister plans. Is Augusta strong enough to fight this off??? You need to read this to find out!
I am a huge fan of Hester Fox! She never disappoints! And this book is one of my favorites! I am not a big fantasy reader. But give me a ghost story or a witch story and I am all over it! This book has both! Add in the historical aspect and you have a winner!
Need a good witch/ghost story to keep you reading well into the night…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
Hester Fox is a full-time writer and mother, with a background in museum work and historical archaeology. A native New-Englander, she now lives in rural Virginia with her husband and their son.