The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can’t quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.

RHFL Classifications

Victorian England

Historical Romance

Heat Rating: 1

Rating: Four Stars

Review by Lizzie English

When I  picked it up and read this was going to be a retelling of Morgana, I figured one: it would be in the Arthurian times, two it would involve a different set up and three: it would have the general witchness about it. Boy was I wrong on all three parts. It’s actually taking place in 1800s Wales. And she isn’t an ancestor of Morgana Le Fay or anything like that she just happens to be named after her because she has witch blood within her. Not to bad for a nice swerve.

The story is about Morgana, a young woman who has not uttered a word since her father mysteriously walked out of her life when she was a young child and is now being handed off to Cai Jenkins because he is in need of a wife in order to do his job as a drover. Without having the ability to speak Morgana tries to go about being a wife to a man who has already lost one and seemingly just needed her to complete the job that his father and grandfather before him held. Ultimately they are able to still connect through their mutual love of the animals that they are charged with and over come actual evil to save their livelyhood.

Romantically this story is sweet, super sweet you can feel your teeth rotting. Cai is very gentle with Morgana in general, even once he learns her true nature it’s almost like she’s breakable. You can feel his love, but since most of the story is told through Morgana’s eyes it isn’t as obvious with her. Which can often lead the reader to be a bit frustrated with that. Of course there is a love triangle in the novel, it’s comes out to be not what you expect but that adds a nice twist to the novel.

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