Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Witch’s Tree by Elena Collins. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite. Read on for more info and my review.
A tale as old as time. A spirit that has never rested.
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.
The Witch’s Tree by Elena Collins is a dual timeline that follows Selena and Grace who are separated by three hundred years but still connected. I really enjoy dual timeline stories. I find it fascinating to switch back and forth between timelines and still find connections between two seemingly different stories throughout the main plot line.
The Witch’s Tree does start off as a slow burn. In my opinion, this allows us to get to know the main and side characters well, and also allows us to really understand the two time periods. The writing is very atmospheric and draws the reader in.
In the second half, the book picks up speed and becomes a very addictive read. I think I liked Grace and her story a bit more, but Selena was a great character as well. It was intriguing to see how each woman lived.
Beautiful and bittersweet. If you enjoy dual timeline and paranormal, you’ll enjoy The Witch’s Tree!
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Elena Collins is the pen name of Judy Leigh. Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of Five French Hens, A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.
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