Love the Witch, Hate the Craft by Nora Lee – Book Review

Love the Witch, Hate the Craft by Nora Lee – Book Review

Love the Witch, Hate the Craft by Nora Lee

Love the Witch, Hate the Craft
The Witches of Secret Hallow Book One

Author – Nora Lee
Publisher – Patchwork Press
Pages – 250
Release Date – 15th October 2015
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
I received a free copy of this book
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synopsis of a witch Love the Witch

Meet the Witches of Secret Hallow: A hidden village populated by friendly witches, their familiars, and a smattering of ghosts, ghouls, and elemental spirits.

When Rowan Middlebrook left Secret Hallow for college, she swore she would never return home. Her magic is too dangerous for her to control.

But Nana Winterblossom has asked for Rowan’s help saving The Elder Tree. If it dies, there can be no magic in Secret Hallow at all. Rowan’s family has cared for the coven for generations. She has no choice but to help, even though she’ll have to resist the urge to embrace her witchy heritage.

As soon as Rowan returns, she meets the new warlock in Secret Hallow: Caedmon McFarland, who thinks he’s going to take over the coven by marrying Rowan, despite the fact they’ve never met before. Between dodging arranged marriage and trying to save The Elder Tree, Rowan is remembering how much she loved being a witch among her coven – if only she could find a little control.

After all, you can take the witch out of the magic, but you can’t take the magic out of the witch.

Review of a witch

Rowan is a witch, although you wouldn’t know it. She hates to use her magic and has abandoned the place that she grew up in, ‘Secret Hallow’, because she doesn’t like to use her craft.

When Rowan is called back to the village by her grandmother, who needs her help to save the Elder Tree, and to stop ‘Secret Hallow’ from losing it’s magic, Rowan feels like she has no option but to return.

What her grandmother wasn’t expecting though, was Rowan to try to help in a non-magical way. Can she save them all without having to resort to using the one thing she hates about herself?

I love a bit of witchcraft (I don’t know if you could tell by the logo for the blog!), so I was intrigued and excited to get my teeth into this book.

The story though wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting action, magical moments, bad guys, a fight to save the tree. What we actually get is a sweet story about a witch trying her best to help her ageing grandmother.

I also expected the Elder Tree to have a bigger part in the story, seeing as though that was the reason that she returned home, but the tree plays a secondary role to Rowan herself.

The book mainly is about Rowan, well, just being Rowan and getting on with her life. Meeting her friends and family and failing to use her magic, even when it is needed. There is however a bit of a love story to the book too, as well as a non-starter love triangle (all one-sided on the warlocks behalf).

Love the Witch, Hate the Craft was very easy to read, much like a younger YA book (that’s why I’ve put it in the YA category as well). The story is lovely, but I was really hoping for a bit more oomph and depth to it.

There was one bit about the book that really narked me though. Rowan’s grandmother never called her by her name. She called ‘grand-daughter’ every time she spoke to her. Now I don’t know about you, but my grandparents have always called me by my name, not ‘grand-daughter’ when speaking to me.

It is an interesting, fun book, but I think this would suit someone around 12-15, more than an adult.

Book reviewed by Stacey

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About the author of a witch

Nora Lee Love the Witch

Nora Lee is the name for a family of writers – specifically, a mom and two of her adult children.

Liz has been writing longer than her kids have been alive. She likes romance novels and dressing in period clothes to give tours around her small town.

Rory is a pop culture junkie, English major, and the Cat Whisperer.

Sara is a fantasy aficionado, expert in paganism, and mom who is raising the next generation of witchlings as we speak.

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