The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marias #fiction #bookreview

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor

Bianca Marais

On Sale Date: August 23, 2022

9780778386995, 0778386996

Trade Paperback

$16.99 USD, $24.99 CAD

Fiction / Magical Realism

400 pages

About the Book:

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.

Funny, tender and uplifting, the novel explores the formidable power that can be discovered in aging, found family and unlikely friendships. Marais’ clever prose offers as much laughter as insight, delving deeply into feminism, identity and power dynamics while stirring up intrigue and drama through secrets, lies and sex. Heartbreaking and heart-mending, it will make you grateful for the amazing women in your life.


A mob is coming after Moonshyne Manor. The mayor and the city members want to tear it down for commercial real estate. But, the coven of witches that live there are not giving up easily. This is their home and they will fight till the death…oops…it may come down to that in the end!

This book started strong and had me laughing out loud. It did slow down a bit in the middle and could have been a good bit shorter. But, I found it creative and engaging, especially where Persephone is concerned. I mean…she has a dog named Ruth Bader Ginsburg for goodness sakes! It goes around with a crocheted collar. What’s not to love!?!

This is more than fun novel…it is that, but it touches on a lot of todays issues. So, it has some serious situations which just add to this fantastical tale.

Need a good story about friendship with strong feminist feelings which will have you laughing out loud…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

About the Author:

Bianca Marais cohosts the popular podcast The Sh*t No One Tells You About Writing, aimed at emerging writers. She was named the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award for Creative Writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies in 2021. She is the author of two novels, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, as well as the Audible Original The Prynne Viper. She lives in Toronto with her husband and fur babies.

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