Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Language of Spells by Sarah Painter


This is a first novel from journalist Sarah Painter which I found utterly enchanting. The Language of Spells is the story of Gwen Harper, she has just inherited her great aunt's cottage in the picturesque Wiltshire village of Pendleford. She should be delighted, but Gwen left Pendleford thirteen years ago having been accused of witchcraft. Since then she has lived on the road, never staying anywhere for too long while her Mum has packed up and moved to Australia and her sister has settled to a life of seeming domestic bliss in nearby Bath. A caveat in the will means that she can't sell the house for at least six months so she must resign herself to staying put and dealing with the constant stream of visitors who assume that Gwen will be continuing to provide the same things that her great aunt did. You see Gwen comes from a family of witches and healers and although she has tried to deny her abilities all these years now that she's back in Pendleford they are all coming back to her. She must also deal with her attraction to old flame Cameron and she soon realises that someone is trying to use magic against her. I am always a sucker for stories with a hint of magic and mystery so this really intrigued me as soon as I read about the book through a twitter link. I had to have a copy and luckily I was able to access one. Unfortunately this book is currently only available as a e-book, therefore I had to read it on my computer so that was a bit of a pain, but that's just me. If you have an e-reader though download this as soon as you can it's less than a fiver and worth every penny and more.  
Thanks to Sarah and her publishers Carina for letting me get hold of a copy of the book through Net Galley. I don't have a kindle so had to sit at the PC to read this but the fact that I read it so quickly is testament to just how addictive it is.  

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