Sunday, 16 October 2016

Review: The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri

When Byrd Whalen returns to her family’s ancestral home to uncover secrets threating to destroy a legacy she holds dear, she gets more than she bargained for. Over the course of one harrowing weekend, the dark haunted histories of the Amore women reveal themselves, leading Byrd to question everything she's ever believed about herself.

In 1890, Nan, the Amore family matriarch, was sent away to America with little more than a baby and a rocking chair, quickly finding work on the sprawling estate of the wildly eccentric Green family. This new life is one she wanted: loving and free with a family that understands and shares in her magic. But when tragedy strikes, destroying the mansion and the precious lives inside, Nan is left alone and pregnant with Reginald Green’s child. With nothing more than the deed to the property, she builds a house from the rubble and a new, pragmatic life. It would become a haunted life that would lead to other haunted lives. It would become a house both terrible and wonderful. It would become known as “The Witch House.”

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin 
Genre: Gothic/Magical Realism/Fiction

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book was the first by Suzanne Palmieri for me and I have to say that I quite liked her writing. The book started out slowly but gained momentum and before I knew it I was captivated. Like the synopsis stated, this book was the story of the Amore women and their connection to the "witch house." Some would say that they were cursed, some would say haunted and others could say that they were all victims of their own terrible choices. Regardless, this book goes back to tell the tale of these women, one tragedy at a time.

This book was not filled with rainbows and unicorns. Happy is a word that existed in very short supply. It was dark and sometimes hard to read. What these women did or what was done to them was at times hard to take and imagine. At times I wanted to throw my tablet yet something kept me turning the pages. I wanted to know about this family and I wanted to know if their cursed lives would ever end.

I enjoyed the past story more than the present but that is not at all surprising for anyone who has read any of my reviews. I tend to always like the back story. With this book I liked it way more than the present story with Byrd. Her story was quite dull in comparison to her ancestors.

After reading The Witch House of Persimmon Point I will definitely be checking out more work by this author. I really enjoyed the book!

About the Author
Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Bourbon Street, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, and The Witch of Little Italy. She is also the co-author (as Suzanne Hayes) of Empire Girls and I'll Be Seeing You. Writer. Lost Witch. Mermaid.  

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