“Escape From Witchwood Hollow” eBook was published in 2014 and was written by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek (http://www.jordanelizabethmierek.com). Ms. Mierek has published four novels.
I received a copy of this novel for review from the publisher. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. This Young Adult Fantasy novel is set in rural New York. Some takes place in 1670, some in 1850 and the remainder in 2001.
The primary character is Honoria, a High School student in 2001. Her parents had died in the September 11 attack. Her aunt and uncle had relocated with her and her brother to rural Arnn, New York to get away from the memories within the city.
Honoria is taken to Witchwood Hollow by some girls in her class, a place with a dark legacy. She is told that over the centuries since the area was colonized, people have disappeared into the hollow never to be seen again.
The story jumps to 1850 when 17 year old Albertine disappears while trying to walk from town to her father’s farm. She wonders about the hollow meeting other who have become lost, but never able to find her way out.
The story also covers 1670 when Lady Clifford escapes into the hollow. After poisoning a woman, she has been chased into the woods. She stays there using the magic she has learned to keep hidden and young. She becomes the witch in the hollow.
I spent about 4 hours with this 200 page book. It was interesting, but not a genre (Paranormal) that I typically read. Young Honoria struggles with the loss of her parents, with the move to the new school, with leaving the city for a rural town and with her growing feelings for Leon. In spite of her fear of the hollow she is drawn to it. Honoria wonders if the magic of the hollow might reunite her with the ghosts of her parents. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
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