A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of murder. Who can save Pale Harbour from itself?
1846. Desperate to escape the ghosts of his past, Gabriel Stone takes a position as a minister in the remote Pale Harbour, but not all is as it seems in the sleepy town.
As soon as Gabriel steps foot in town, he can’t escape the rumours about the mysterious Sophy Carver, a young widow who lives in the eerie Castle Carver: whispers that she killed her husband, mutterings that she might even be a witch.
But as strange, unsettling events escalate into murder, Gabriel finds himself falling under Sophy’s spell. As clues start to point to Sophy as the next victim, Gabriel realises he must find answers before anyone else turns up dead.
The Widow Of Pale Harbor is available in ebook now and is published in paperback on the 17th of October. You purchase or pre-order your copy using the link below.
I absolutely loved this haunting, atmospheric novel which is a great mix of historical and romance.
Firstly I adored Sophronia who was such a gentle and sweet character despite all the hate she receives. I liked how calm she is whilst dealing with everything and how she never thinks of getting revenge. Her growing relationship with Gabriel was wonderful to watch. I loved seeing them grow closer, learning to trust and confide in each other. I felt that they were the friend they each needed and thought they made a fantastic duo!
The author has created some fabulous characters which really helped to add to the story. Gabriel’s friend, Tom helps to bring some humour to the story which contrasted nicely with the darker events in the book. We also have Helen who was a very intriguing character who has an unusual, dependent relationship with Sophronia which was interesting to explore.
This book started off slow but soon picks up pace and becomes absolutely brilliant! I so enjoyed watching everything unfold and trying to work out what was happening. All the clues are tied into the poems or stories of Edgar Allan Poe which I always love. I hadn’t read a lot of his work so found it interesting to learn more about it even though they were a lot darker then I expected.
This was the first book I’ve read by this author and I have already downloaded her first book to read soon. Huge thanks to Jessica Lee for inviting me onto the blog tour and Lily Capewell for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Hester Fox comes to writing from a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician.
This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters, to ancient artefacts, to early American furniture.
She is a keen painter and has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband and two cats.
The Witch of Willow Hall is her debut novel.