Weyward by Emilia Hart

At a recent book club meeting we were asked to share our latest reads, and one of my lovely bookish buddies recommended ‘Weyward’ by Emilia Hart. Now, this is a book that I would not be reading without the recommendation; although the cover is absolutely beautiful, I just would not normally think that this is a book that would be my usual read.

However, spurred on by the recommendation, I decided that I would give it a go. Especially as it was a little bit of a bargain as an e-book, and I am trying to use that format to ensure that I try some books that I would maybe not normally read. And that is exactly what ‘Weyward’ was.

This is a fantastic mix of historical and contemporary fiction as we meet three women connected by their family history. In the present day, Kate is escaping a controlling partner. In 1942, Violet is struggling with her place in the world and her father’s expectations. And, in 1619, Altha is on trial for witchcraft. Yet, these women are all stronger than they realise and are not to be tamed, for they are ‘weyward’.

It is hard to discuss some books when you do not want to give away the plot, and this is a book that I think you need to read to fully appreciate. However, if you like a book with strong female leads and a little bit of mystery and intrigue as you read – then this is the book for you. This story really sucks you in, especially the story of Altha, who faces trial in Lancaster, a city close to my heart from my university days – and the stories of witches in Lancashire and surrounding areas are woven into the history of the city and the university.

I am not sure I can do this book justice, as I genuinely think to really appreciate it, then you have read it – which I totally recommend you do.

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