The Witch’s Tree
Author : Elena Collins
Pages : 401
Genre : Contemporary
As a love affair comes to an end, and with it her dreams for her future, artist Selena needs a retreat. The picture-postcard Sloe Cottage in the Somerset village of Ashcombe promises to be the perfect place to forget her problems, and Selena settles into her new home as spring arrives. But it isn’t long before Selena hears the past whispering to her. Sloe Cottage is keeping secrets which refuse to stay hidden.
Grace Cotter longs for nothing more than a husband and family of her own. Content enough with her work on the farm, looking after her father, and learning the secrets of her grandmother Bett’s healing hands, nevertheless Grace still hopes for love. But these are dangerous times for dreamers, and rumours and gossip can be deadly. One mis-move and Grace’s fate looks set…
Separated by three hundred years, two women are drawn together by a home bathed in blood and magic. Grace Cotter’s spirit needs to rest, and only Selena can help her now.
A pretty whimsical read, divided in the two lives of two different women. One is a poor farmer who craves a family, and the other mourns the loss of a lover.
It was a really nice read, but I could not get in Selena’s story. I just couldn’t… She is buried deep in self-pity, and doesn’t seem to genuinely care about the other inhabitants of the village, except if they can do something for her. Grace was much more genuine, and her intentions are so pure. She’s just a girl who didn’t have luck. She was great, and it was impressive to see how small things can change an opinion about someone.
The setting was cute, melancholic, and deeply immersive. It’s a perfect Fall read, and a nice dive in two not so different lives!
That’s it for today !
Thank you for reading!