Welcome to Calendar Girls! Each month a theme is created by Flavia & Melanie and us bloggers can join in with our own picks. For December 2017 the focus is on your "favourite book published in 2017". If you'd like to learn more about the monthly blog event visit the info page HERE. These blog posts are so much fun! Now read on for my pick!
I had such a hard time with Calendar Girls again! I struggle with just picking one book at all times so this is no different. I really loved the October Daye series which is 11 books long of which I've read 9 this year. I couldn't really pick one because I loved them all. And I think for the other 2/3 Calendar Girls posts October has made an appearance so yes, I have actually stepped into the deep end and pondered over which of the 104 books I've read in 2017 was my favourite. Enough of my rambling now! Here is my favourite book of 2017!
A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan
Title: A Secret History of Witches
Author: Louisa Morgan
Genre: Adult Fiction
Page Count: 496 pages
Publisher: RedHook, an imprint of Hachette Book Group
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo // Book Depository
An ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most consequential historic events of the last two centuries.
After Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew.
From early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War, five generations of witches fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures.
This was one of those books that you pick up and think "oh this is something I think I'll enjoy" and after you've read the first sentence you instantly know that "oh now this is something I know I'll love". A Secret History of Witches was seriously a love letter written to me. I'm just kidding! But it felt that way to me. I read this book when we travelled to England this past year on the plane. I was so engrossed in the story I felt I was transported to early 19th century England instead of sitting in a cooped up plane. That flight was one of the quickest flights I've ever had because I had this book to keep me company.
The book is split into different narratives of descendants from the Orchiere bloodline. I love how smoothly each character flows into the next from section to section. Magical realism is weaved into this book but at its core delves into relationships, family and history. A beautiful read! All the stars! If you'd like to check out my original review for this book you can do so HERE.