I finished The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston a few weeks ago and I loved every second of it! The book goes between the main character Elizabeth’s past and present lives, all which happened to be quite eventful. I find that often when authors try to do that I get confused as to what exactly is going on as well as how to keep track and or identify all of the characters but Paula Brackston makes very fluid transitions between the past and present. Her characters are easily distinguishable from each other and all have their specific place and time. I really enjoyed this book and once I got into it and understood the real story of what was going on I could not put it down! I suggest you get The Witch’s Daughter for yourself and you certainly won’t regret it!
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.
In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But will she be able to stand against Gideon—who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul—in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?