Title: Willow Tree Farm
Series: Winterbourne Witches
Author: Suzy Turner
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy
Release Date: 11th October 2020
About the book
This is the prequel of the Winterbourne Witches series, which gives a little background of the present occupants of Willow Tree Farm and some of its history and quirks. A mixture of the history of the Winterbourne Witches and a hint of what is to come from the rest of the series.
REVIEWI really like the cover of this book, I think the witch on the front is the main character of the book Myrtle Winterbourne with the family trait of red hair and being a witch. The spooky looking house, though it looks more like a castle is Willow Tree Farm.
There’s quite a bit about the history of the house, how it was lovingly restored by the present occupant’s ancestors. Willow Tree Farm is a special house, it is more like a living being that has emotions and moods too! It has been in the Winterbourne family for years. The house can also play tricks on its occupants and visitors. In fact, at the beginning of the book “Willow” has locked Myrtle out!
This novella concentrates mostly on Myrtle Winterbourne and the fact she doesn’t know what she is going to do as a job yet. The Winterbourne Witches are usually shown their destined profession within a dream that they refer to as an Illuminaire.
In Myrtle’s older sister’s special dream, she was shown she would be a baker. A Witch can have more than one occupation, but each is revealed to them in their own dream. Aunt Lola has had three different professions, and she explains them to Myrtle, she also informs her that she will be helping her set up her own business within the grounds of Willow Tree Farm.
The story is told in what I would call a rather chatty, gossiping style, which works well with the character. This novella sets the scene well for the series, and gives you little clues at what is to come next. I have seen the labels of cosy mystery, contemporary fantasy listed on Amazon which are fair labels and describe the feel of the book quite well.
My immediate thoughts upon finishing the book were that it was a lighter, cosier type of read than my normal choice.....good short read.
To sum up I enjoyed the short, light read and it has left me wondering what is to come from the series.