Book Review: The Witches of Helcombe by Harry Bradford

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Kobo Writing Life

Pub date: 4 July 2019

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

When a child is sick her mother takes her chances on a woman the village think a witch. The child is saved but a price has to be paid, the witches powers are passed on.

A few years later Queen Henrietta is struggling in labour and her lady in waiting requests permission to send for a healer from Helcombe. Isabella arrives and using her powers along with the advice from the long since burned witch, Isabella manages to save mother and daughter.

Henrietta begins to think of Isabella as a friend but cannot stay in England due to civil war so flees to France with a helping hand from Isabella.

The presence of power in Helcombe also attracts evil and soon Isabella is fighting for her friends and family.

I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this but gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. There are some great characters including Isabella, Henrietta, Emily and Steven. The characters are very well developed through the book but I do wish there was more about their surroundings and clothing as I like to picture the characters.

This offers a very different take on the civil war with Oliver Cromwell.

I’m pleased to know there will be a further instalment which I am looking forward to.

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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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