In her small early-19th-century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick, and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic - the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill.
Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice. After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life.
But she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Here, where frail humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, her wild nature and her magic blossoming. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana’s affections.
It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there - a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything in this beautifully written, enchanting novel.
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By JW on 09-04-13
I bought The Winter Witch after listening to the sample and reading the reviews. I was not disappointed by the story. it unfolded quite poetically making the scenarios easy to visualise. There is a true feeling of the harshness of life for the farming community. i wanted to find out the next part of the tale and was loath to switch off. High literature it is not and maybe the target audience is younger than my middle years but the most disappointing thing was that about halfway through, the "Welsh" accent of the narrator began to grate. I checked and found that it is an American actor narrating! As if there are not enough good Welsh actors around! Although I enjoyed it to the finish, I have no desire to re-listen which I sometimes do two or three times with a good book. I might read the written version at some time in the future.
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By L.W. on 16-02-13
Took me back in time....
This book took me to the time in youth when you become completely engrossed in a story. Very imaginative. I think it would appeal to a younger reader. I enjoyed it enough. The narration is appropriate for this story but it is not a voice pattern I like in my ear. This is personal to me so don't let it hold you back. The story develops slowly. It is a lovely story that you may enjoy.
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By Nicole on 15-07-14
Extremely frustrating book.
What would have made The Winter Witch better?
The characters were extremely flat, the whole book was continuous misunderstandings because they never bother to make their feelings known and any time either of them makes any personal growth with out fail the author immediately puts another road block up or another annoying easily avoided misunderstanding. Enough was enough!
What could Paula Brackston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have moved the plot along while having the characters grow together and try to understand each other instead of one step forward three steps back. I feel the plot would've advanced just as well with the slow development of their relationship rather than the yoyo it was.
Would you be willing to try another one of Marisa Calin’s performances?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger annoyance and disappointment
Any additional comments?
I would not recommend this book I love books about witches and supernatural but I did not care what happened to any of the characters and I could not wait to be done with them. Waste of a credit.
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