Review: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox #6bookbestiesapproved @HesterBFox @HarlequinBooks


A very enjoyable, creepy fall read!

I love this period – the Gilded Age and the industrial revolution. I love the propriety and all the rules and manners, the language, the fashion, the balls. All of it! Well, not all of it – although women’s rights were just starting to take off, women were still treated as the lesser sex. But I did enjoy how we have some very strong, outspoken, intelligent leading ladies in this story.

We have a family who has moved to the country from Boston due to a scandal that has occurred, however we don’t know what has happened and learn along the way.

I love an unlikable character and this book had several, including a well drawn villain and a wicked sister. I also enjoyed the sweet romance.

As someone who likes my books based in reality, this one had just the right amount of “spooky” in it for me – enough that it was believable and not super over the top.

A great atmospheric, gothic tale!

Thank you to Harlequin Books for my advance copy, this book will be available October 2nd! This was a group read with my @6bookbesties, you can find their reviews here:

Holly’s review

Jennifer’s review

Berit’s review

Mackenzie’s review

Kendall’s review


Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…


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  4. jennifertarheelreader · 17 Days Ago

    Lovely review, Melisa! I, too, love the Gilded Age! It was the best reading this alongside you! ♥️

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    • thebookcollectiveblog · 17 Days Ago

      The Gilded Age is fascinating, right?! There is a house museum here that is frozen in time in the late 19th century and it’s awesome. I’ve toured it twice😂 loved reading with you!

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  5. Holly B / Dressedtoread · 17 Days Ago

    Great review Melisa! I had mixed feelings about Catherine!

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  6. Stephanie · 17 Days Ago

    Fabulous review, Melisa! I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I love that time period and anything gothic I love! Happy Friday!

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  7. Shalini · 17 Days Ago

    Lovely review… I was rejected for this book, but your review has piqued up my interest

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  9. Love your review! And I loved reading this with you!💕💕

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  10. Mackenzie · 17 Days Ago

    Great review, Melisa!!! Yes yes! I love what you said about the villains—that is truly a stand out part of this novel that kept it engaging! Loved reading this together 💕

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  11. sunflowerbooklvr · 16 Days Ago

    Loved your review Melisa!!! Yet another successful read with our besties! So true about the villains like you said and it was a definite stand out like Kenzie said! Can’t wait to share out next review together.

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  12. carhicks · 15 Days Ago

    I am not a huge lover of the Gilded Age, or Gothic stories, but this one piqued my interest and I am glad I requested it after reading your review. I have always been interested in all the Salem Witch history.

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