Hello everyone, I am so excited to welcome you to my stop on this fabulous blog tour, and to be able to share with you all my review of the stunning; The Widow Of Pale Harbour by Hester Fox. So grab a seat and a cuppa and enjoy!
A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?
Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.
But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.
As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.
I have just one word for this, and this is; stunning! I was completely blown away by this, it’s a stunning, haunting and brilliantly gothic mystery which will grab your attention and imagination from the first page, I absolutely loved the eerie-ness and atmosphere, the plot and the character’s, there isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book.
This is the first I have read by Hester Fox; it will definitely not be the last, I have completely fallen in love with her writing, she has a real skill at swirling gothic mystery and intrigue around the reader like a heavy mist coming in from the sea.
Set in Maine; 1846 Pale Harbour village has a new minister; Gabriel Stone, who is there not only taking on the new job but he wants to try and move forward with his life after the death of his wife, he is hoping he can do so in this sleepy quiet village. Oh, boy how wrong he is! If he wanted sleepy village he may be better off moving to Sleepy Hollow or Midsummer Murders 😉 He soon realises that all is not as it seems as strange and bizarre tins start to happen, amongst them a young woman; Sophronia becomes the target of a witch hunt because she is a widow who lives quietly in the Gothic Castle Carver the locals who really are a superstitious lot and belief all the ills in the village has to be witchcraft and has to be Sophronia. Typical!
Gabriel doesn’t believe beautiful Sophronia has anything to do with such evil, he may be the only person who doesn’t – they are quick to make the connection to Edgar Allen Poe, and now it’s only time before the culprit escalates their activities, Gabriel and Sophronia must work together to find out who is behind it all before they find themselves in danger.
With murder, mystery and intrigue a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft and strange going’s on that come directly from the gothic stories of Edgar Allan Poe, all is not as it appears in the sleepy village of Pale Harbour. I absolutely loved how Poe’s stories are interlaced throughout the plot, it’s so clever and at the same time incredibly eerie, you will become completely hooked, as you fly through the pages, never wanting it to stop and yet desperately needing to know what the hell is going on and who is behind all the strangeness. The ending is fabulous, there was a moment when I sat back and thought; wow, I did not see that coming!
I can guarantee that if you love your historical mysteries with a Gothic twist then this is a must-read, it is one of those books that will be read and re-read over and over, people will talk about it, I can see it becoming a new classic, one that may rival Poe himself, I was riveted with it, and cannot recommend it enough!
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour, thank you Jess.
About the Author
Hester Fox comes to writing from a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician.
This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters, to ancient artefacts, to early American furniture.
She is a keen painter and has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband and two cats.
The Witch of Willow Hall is her debut novel.