The Witch’s Daughter, by Paula Brackston, reminded me of the kind of novel one would read in a college-level modern literature class. Ripe with imagery, intrigue, mystery, and love, The Witch’s Daughter was a lovely way to spend my afternoons.
Elizabeth, the protagonist, is a self-proclaimed witch, but her story is full of holes. Those missing pieces are filled in through three separate stories, each told in a different time period. Brackston brilliantly transports us from the 1600’s to London at the turn of the century to World War I, all while peppering the story with modern interludes. The story moves at a brisk pace, pulling you in from the very first page. You need to know what happens to Bess, how Elise will manage the front lines of a bitter war, if Tegan will realize the true identity of her new boyfriend.
Brackston has penned a fascinating book; I look forward to other pieces of literature she is sure to publish in the future.