From the author of A Secret History of Witches comes a new standalone novel set in the same world: an absorbing tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the US in the aftermath of World War II. Perfect for fans of A Discovery of Witches, Outlander and Nora Roberts.
Barrie Anne Blythe and her Aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar - two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.
But two events threaten to upend their lives for ever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne's long-lost husband - who is not quite the man she thought she married.
Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves - and the child they think of as their own - from suspicious neighbours, the government and even their own family . . .
Praise for Louisa Morgan:
'A deeply satisfying and magical work of great craft' Carol Goodman, author of Incubus
'Deftly captures the greatest magic of all: the love between mothers and daughters' Jordanna Max Brodsky
'Completely engrossing and hard to put down' Bibliosanctum
'Enthralling . . . Deeply moving and richly conceived' Kay Kenyon
'I loved it. A beautiful generational tale, reminiscent of Practical Magic . . . Grounded and real, painful and hopeful at the same time' Laure Eve
'Epic in scope and heartbreakingly tender . . . Recommended for fans of Nora Roberts' Booklist
At once sprawling and intimate, A Secret History of Witches deftly captures the greatest magic of all: the love between mothers and daughters (Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of THE IMMORTALS)
The tiny touches of magic realism, fantasy, and science fiction are intriguing elements, but the strength of Morgan's powerful story is her depiction of this time and place and the everyday struggles of determined women. A great choice for readers who enjoy novels by Alice Hoffman and Barbara Kingsolver (BOOKLIST)
A moving multigenerational saga about strong women who work behind the scenes to save the world from tyranny. A deeply satisfying and magical work of great craft (Carol Goodman, author of Incubus)
Magic infuses the story . . . it sings with sensory detail . . . a lush, loving look at everyday lives of women (B&N SCI-FI AND FANTASY BLOG)
I loved it. A beautiful generational tale, reminiscent of Practical Magic if it had been set in various time periods, but much more expansive in scope. Grounded and real, painful and hopeful at the same time (Laure Eve, author of The Graces)
I'm still feeling a little bowled over by how much I liked this book . . . Completely engrossing and hard to put down (BIBLIOSANCTUM)
Morgan's transportive words will sweep you away to a time of magic, love, and loss. Simply hold on and enjoy this mesmerizing ride (Tish Thawer, award-winning author of The Witches of BlackBrook series)
[An] epic relay race that gripped me from start to finish. Fiercely uncompromising and unsentimentally poignant, A Secret History of Witches will transfix you (Michael Bishop)
An enthralling journey through time and the hearts of women with powers they must hide. Deeply moving and richly conceived. The secret is out. This is how it happened (Kay Kenyon, author of At the Table of Wolves)
Poignant tale of mothers and daughters struggling to survive and preserve their craft in a hostile world. A tale full of love and betrayal, happiness and terror, it will keep you reading long into the night (Melissa Lenhardt, author of Sawbones)