The Witch's Daughter

The Witch's Daughter

by Paula Brackston
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The Witch's Daughter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 510 reviews.
Sue_G More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was intrigued by the story of Bess, who lives in England in 1628 near a small village. She's a young teenager, living a simple yet happy life with her family on their farm. She has a crush on the local well to do young man, and life is good. The strange man in the woods, Gideon, keeps to himself and is rather mysterious and unsettling. She doesn't know what to make of him. Then misery comes to the village, and when all is said and done, Bess is forced to go to Gideon to save her life and keep a promise to her mother. Bess quickly learns what Gideon is all about--he's a warlock--and he's determined to have Bess as his partner in magical power. Bess flees, and so begins her journey through the centuries, always either denying her power as a witch, or using it only for good. Gideon follows her through the centuries, always finding her and forcing her to continue her desperate attempts to have a peaceful life in a new location. This was a great read! I am so glad I picked this one up. Paula Brackston writes so well, and her attention to detail brings not only 1628 England to life, but also 1888 London, 1917 France, and modern day England, where Bess is forced to make her final stand against Gideon. He's one nasty creature, and you will fall in love with Bess. She's a wonderful character, who's immortality is both a blessing and a curse. If you are curious about magic and the differences in variations on witchcraft, plus just want to read a good story, pick this up. One of my favorite reads this year!
Jean9 More than 1 year ago
This book was just ok. The plot was very different from any other book I've read in a while. I really loved the historical references like jack the ripper. However at times it felt like a movie adaptation of a book: characters were not developed to their full potential, a lot of details that would be helpful to the plot are left out or glazed over, and the good parts seem very rushed. The begining is very dull and takes up half the book, the second part is riviting but so short you're left unstatisfied; the climatic ending so so quick you feel like you missed something and need to go back a reread, but the details just aren't there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think the people who did not like this book were expecting more of a science fiction, fantasy type book. full of magic spells, curses, goblins and the like. it was a great story. i have loaned it out to 2 different people since finishing and they have felt the same way. the story of bess and her struggles and triumphs. such a strong person and for so long. the strength of this woman was amazing. she lost her family, friends, could trust no one, was alone for years and years and years. still standing strong. did not lose sight for a second. never forgot who she was or what she was doing.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book. Kept me entertained all the way.
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
This book is set partly in modern times, and partly in the past. It is a fun tale of the supernatural and of immortality. The main character tells part of the story through journal entries and recounts her experiences as she moves through history. I read a lot of books that include or focus on witches as subject matter, and I found this novel to be unique and original. It is entertaining and causes you to really consider what life would have been like in various eras of the past. Great escapist fun. Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel, "To Be Chosen"
Hermiones_Spell More than 1 year ago
A fun read for anyone who enjoys a bit of fantasy in their life. I was surprised at how well the historical tenure of the book meshed with the fiction. I also feel like there could be another book someday which always excites me as a reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! This is a fabulous tale covering the span of one witches life and her love for the good side of witchcraft. It follows her loves and losses as she spends her life running from an evil man that wishes to posses her, body and soul. The way the author went back and forth from the present to the past was wonderful. A lot of times that can be distracting, but Ms. Brackston makes it effortless. This was actually several different stories rolled into one as she reveals different times in Bess's life. The story did start a little slow, but after 30-40 pages the pace pickes up and I could not put it down. Bess' story brought tears to my eyes several times. Loved the ending, and hope this is Ms. Brackston's way of continuing this great tale. If not, well..... it is still actually a pretty good ending! Brilliant!!!! Will definitely look for more from this author!! -- SPeeD
dmarott1 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! It kept my interest, kept me reading into the late night. I will continue to more of this authors books. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters!
majicindian More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this however did not find it as compelling as I wished. It was ok but not exciting. I didn't find my self engrossed by the story or the characters.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I was curious to get reading The Witch’s Daughter by author Paula Brackston. It sounded interesting and unlike anything I had ever read before and so I was very eager to dive right into the story. It was not what I expected and I mean that in the best of ways. It exceeded my expectations and was an all-around well written, good read. In The Witch’s Daughter main character Elizabeth “Bess” Hawksmith has lived through some of the most horrible parts of history and now finds herself living in modern England. When a young girl named Tegan falls into her company, Elizabeth begins to teach the young girl the ways of the Hedge Witch.  With this, comes Tegan asking to know more about Elizabeth and about witches. And so, Elizabeth tells Tegan about the lives that she lived. First as Bess, the witch’s daughter who forced herself into the wicked warlock Gideon Masters’ company and was made a witch herself. As time goes on however, and Gideon’s obsession with her grows stronger, Bess begins to play a game of cat and mouse with Gideon. Constantly running away from him, hoping that he won’t find her. Though it seems that in each new life that Bess starts, Gideon makes a reoccurrence in the form of another body. Growing worried for Tegan, Bess knows that Gideon is coming for her and the next time they meet will end with somebody dead. What I found really interesting and unique about The Witch’s Daughter was how the story is written. It begins with a modern Elizabeth/Bess who has already experienced the events that are told later on in the novel. After she meets Tegan, Bess reveals the stories that are written in her Book of Shadows and that’s when things get really exciting. We learn about Bess’s life as she became a witch and Gideon Masters’ obsession with her began, we get to see her in the 1800s and see all of the aliases she used and lives she had for herself. Parts of The Witch’s Daughter were dark but the way it was written makes certain scenes more numbed. I know that that sounds a bit confusing but the way that Brackston writes certain scenes that involve murder or death were always written so that they were dark and the point got across but they weren’t scenes that left me cringing. They were written artfully which I really enjoyed. There is a lot that I do think readers should be aware of before they get reading. In The Witch’s Daughter there is a lot of sex and there is a rape scene. I do think that if that could trigger anything for a reader or be something they didn’t expect from the novel should be wary of. The characters in The Witch’s Daughter are very realistic, they’re good, wholesome, original character that I would like to read about over and over again. Bess’s character develops so much throughout the novel. It’s so seldom that we get characters who develop throughout one standalone novel instead of requiring to develop over a series of books. Readers who want unique, great characters will find that in The Witch’s Daughter. I would recommend The Witch’s Daughter to readers who are looking for a well-written novel with brilliant characters. Readers who are big fans of historical fiction but want a novel with a magical twist are going to like what The Witch’s Daughter has to offer them. I would also recommend The Witch’s Daughter to readers who are eager for a paranormal novel with a realistic side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that I could not put this book down. The story was well told and made me want more. I look forward to reading more of Brackston's work .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the easy eriting style. The story was engaging and interesting and i definitely am lookoing forward to the next book. Plus, it was a bargain to boot. U
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed, just ordered the winter witch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh man! I really, really wanted to love this book but I didn't. I thought the1st half of the story was way too long. It took almost half of the book to describe the why and how she became a witch. By the time the story got to the war in Passchendale, Flanders I was done! And the ending was blah! I was hoping it was going to save the entire story for me but as the rest of the story was, it fell short. I can say, however, I will never hear Greensleeves the same way again!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the historical references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Could hardly put it down and barely did for my entire weekend. Curled up by the fire, I was spellbound for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately worth it. Enchanting, passionate, and riveting. A must read
OHARADN More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read. I would though agree with other reviewers that the sections taking place in the present are not nearly as intriuging as the looks into Bess' past. And also that there seems to be something lacking in the relationship between Elizabeth/Bess aand young Tegan. What is it about Tegan that endears her to our heroine? Again, an overall enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel!! Starts out a little slow but stick with it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And well written. Enjoyed very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A captivating story, mesmerizing writing made you see the story unfold in your minds eye. Hoping for a sequal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read, worth every second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...every bit of this book. The writing was superb and the storyline intriguing...I honestly couldn't put it down.
mrpm More than 1 year ago
Not great writing! The plot was a little ho-hum and never really went anywhere. I wouldn't recommend this book.