Courtesy of the lovely folks at St.Martin’s, I’ve got 2 copies of THE WINTER WITCH by Paul Brackston to give away to 2 lucky winners in celebration of the paperback release, so check out my review, and the giveaway details, and good luck!
The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston (St Martin’s Press)-Since Morgana’s father disappeared one day, never to return, she hasn’t spoken a word. Now, at eighteen, she’s to be married to a drover and young widower named Cai Bevan. She is reticent about leaving her mother, but she knows that her mother is trying to provide a secure future for her, and Cai seems to be a kind man. When she arrives at his farm, Ffynnon Las, she’s taken with its wild beauty and is charmed by Cai’s two Corgis, Meg & Bracken. Cai is desperate to connect with Morgana, even as he feels guilt for what he sometimes sees as betraying the memory of his first wife, who died during childbirth, along with their child.
However, he soon discovers that Morgana is a creature not so easily tamed, and he admires her wildness while at the same time hoping she’ll at least try to take on some “wifely” duties. I have to admit it amused me every time poor Cai got a bit frustrated at Morgana, because she is wild indeed. Considering that this is Wales in the mid-1800s, his patience with her is astounding, and I loved his sensitivity to her situation, having to leave her mother and marrying someone she hardly knows, but a wife is necessary to his position (he needs a wife to have a chance at head drover), and he was intrigued with Morgana ever since he saw her in the marketplace for the first time. Can you tell I’m more than a bit charmed by this whole set up? It doesn’t get much better, really. You’ve got a lovely yet wild young woman, a witch, no less, who is not forced per se, but nudged at the very least, into a marriage of necessity, with a rather handsome and sensitive widower who is soon taken with his new wife. Honestly, I could have spent the whole book roaming Ffynnon Las with Morgana, Cai and the Corgis and been perfectly happy, such is the magic of Paula Brackston’s prose. But that was not to be (and that’s ok) because something pretty nasty does come between Morgan and Cai’s blooming happiness, and it comes in the form of the cold, and coldly beautiful, Isolda Bowen. Isolda is everything Morgana is not (well, sort of, you’ll see), and Morgana gets not-so-good vibes from her from the beginning, and of course it’s Isolda that starts to cause real trouble for the newlyweds. Isolda is a mean girl x 100, and it doesn’t help that there is a certain well at Ffynnon Las that just might have some magical powers that Isolda will do anything to get her proverbial claws on. With a gorgeous, sweeping Welsh setting (and gorgeous writing to match), a silent yet headstrong heroine you’ll root for, and a villainess to reckon with, The Winter Witch is the perfect romantic (and very magical) fantasy to curl up with in front of a warm fire.
2.) Giveaway is for 2 copies of THE WINTER WITCH by Paula Brackston to 2 winners
3.) Giveaway is open to US residents or those with a US address for mailing (no PO Boxes)
4.) You must enter on or before 12/28/13
5.) Giveaway books courtesy of St.Martin’s
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