Title: Escape From Witchwood Hollow
Published: 29th October 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
A story of three parts, interlinking very well but you do have to pay attention to what time period you are in or you may get lost – bit like getting lost in the woods! Three worlds interlinking through the mystical world of Witchwood Hollow. Enter if you dare.
You have Honoria, a teenage girl who has moved to Arnn with her brother, Aunt and Uncle after the death of both of her parents who worked in the twin towers. She feels very disconnected to the world around her, people included, until she starts to look at the story behind the woods and what it could mean. Is the witch real? Well that’s something she is hoping is true as she feels that she might be able to help her reconnect with her parents again. She may be looking at what she has lost but she does find one connection with her new home and that’s in the form of Leon. But love was never going to be the easy choice, at least not now anyway.
Honoria’s connection with Leon was sweet. Connecting on a love of history and intrigue about the woods that surround them. Obstacles in their path might mean that their time is not meant to be, but their future in the woods could yet to be written.
You have Lady Clifford, a very misunderstood woman who has been accused of witchcraft and murder, both correct but she had her reasons. The woman with an evil cruel heart deserved poison in her stew, well that’s what she is telling herself anyway. She came to Arnn in America for good reasons; to explore, have an adventure and find a loving husband. But things never quite worked out the way she hoped. Trying to out run the men who would try her for witchcraft and murder she runs into Witchwood Hollow woods. A place she soon starts to make her own, somewhere she can feel safe from others who would harm her. But a place of solitude can get very lonely. Soon she longs for a family and will try and get one at any cost.
You can understand to a point with how Lady Clifford feels. She longs for a family, to be connected to others but within the safety of her world she has created. She longs for the others to see this, which one day they might.
Albertine has just received word, and a ticket, that her father has called for her to come to Arnn in America. He has a husband set up already and thinks once she is settled they will be able to send for her sister also. She is a very headstrong woman who doesn’t fear much. So much so once that when she gets to her fathers town instead of waiting to get word to him to collect her she decides to walk herself. A mile or so shouldn’t take so long, even quicker with a short cut through the woods. She soon realises her mistake though and wishes she had listened to the innkeeper about his warning of the woods. For those who enter do not come out.
I liked Albertines storyline with it introducing new people to the woods. Showing how the tension between them slowly builds before they all finally catch up to what the reader has known for a while with what happens to those who enter the woods. Would have liked to see how her sisters story ends though, so not be left in the dark so much but I guess it helps show how time has moved but not moved, depending on where you are.
The women’s worlds appear separate, different times, but soon collide in an interesting way. The ending I can see how some might like as closure but others might not as times cut too short. Either way it would be a talking point. Interesting characters throughout that are engaging and have the ability to draw you in. Side note just to say that I totally called it on who Allison really was – won’t tell you though. So tell me, who wants to go check out the woods in the dark? Me? Not so much, maybe when its light out, but even then who knows when or where you might end up.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.