When I read the book blurb for The Winter Witch, I was intrigued. It sounded like a beautiful love story and a story of true love overcoming adversity and beating the odds, which is the type of book I usually love to read. When I received the book and began reading it, unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed. The book has two main characters, Morgana and Cai, and the author fluctuates the point of view between the two. It sadly seems to get a bit muddled. It does have its beautiful points, as the characters are well developed and the settings are exquisitely detailed. But all in all, the book was very difficult to read, and in all honesty, I even had difficulty finishing the book.
Morgana has always been an enigma to her people, silent and beautiful. Yet when Cai Jenkins comes to the village seeking a bride and Morgana is selected, none are more surprised than Morgana herself. She is heartbroken to leave the only home she has known, yet finds she must resign herself to go with her new husband and trust herself to his care. Morgana will soon find herself enamored with her new home and lands, as Cai struggles to win his new bride’s affections. Yet all is not well in her new hometown. Someone is not comfortable with Morgana or her silent beauty. They do not yet know she is a witch. And this one individual will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile happiness that Cai and Morgana have fought so hard to find. Can their love survive?
Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in The Winter Witch, an enthralling tale of love and magic.
In her small early nineteenth 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.