My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches. A tale of magic and love and loss. A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be. Let me tell you what it means to be a witch.
As introductions go, this is an engaging one. Author Paula Brackston grabs our attention from the first words and all at once we're ready to travel back in time.
"The Witch's Daughter" is described as "an enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith, a fiercely independent woman desperate to escape her cursed history who must confront the evil which has taunted her for centuries."
This month the Claremore Progress Book Club is exploring a world of history and magic and romance of which even the reviews are a type of inviting magic.
Online reviews say "The Witch's Daughter" is "lushly written with a fascinating premise and an enthralling heroine." They say it's brilliantly crafted and describe it as a "lyrical and spell-binding time travel fantasy…"
In researching Brackston's debut novel in anticipation of announcing it as this month's book club selection, I was hard pressed to find a negative review.
The book is simultaneously modern and historical, fantasy and action, romance and witchcraft—and exactly what we need to escape the stresses of day to day life.
Everyone is welcome to join us for a discussion of this book on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.
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Cydney Baron is the editor of the Claremore Daily Progress.