The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (‘Moth’ from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and “gardien de sorts” (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients.
All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?
Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over what’s best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.
As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they’re confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?
Hey guys, it’s been too long again but here I’m with another review. Let me start by saying that this book was amazing, just what I needed to start the year off.
Lately, I’ve been really into the witches and everything that’s witchy. I have attended workshops on dream journeying, herbal medicine, elixir/potion making and have been to a few sound baths and ceremonies. I’m only mentioning these because this book was researched so well that at points, I’ve stopped and was like ‘hey, I’ve just learned about this on that workshop’. It’s awesome to actually see the research that went into writing this book.
Apart from the research part, the writing was phenomenal. The book takes part in 1880, and from the very first page I felt like I was in 1880, going to the tea shop to get my tea leaves read, future seen or just enjoy a nice conversation with amazing women. It had pretty much everything in it, a bit of romance, a lot of magic, delicious sounding handbrewed teas, and a good doze of mystery. Author did an amazing job with her words to transform me to that time and I got lost within the pages. The writing style was so well that I felt every emotion along with the characters.
I also want to give a shout out to the cover artist. They’ve done an amazing job with this cover. It was what drew me in for this book and it didn’t disappoint. I would give this book 4.5 stars ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨. ⭐️ only because I felt the ending was a bit rushed. This being said; it ended at a point that I can’t stop myself from hoping for a sequel. 💕
This was my first read by Ami McKay, and I will be back for more that’s for sure. I would highly recommend this book if you are at all into anything that’s witches and witchy.
Have you read this book before? Or any other books by Ami McKay? Share your thoughts with me. Let’s have a discussion