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The Witch and the Woman - a book review by Sue James-Bristow

I love reading and am always on the lookout for a new author. I think I have found one to follow in Amanda Larkman.

There seems to be a new genre of books about middle-aged woman coming into a magical power they didn’t know they had and then, often ludicrously, being charged with murder before solving it single-handedly. Having read a few of these cozy mysteries and being disappointed, I was thrilled to find a new witchy book that has a lot more depth and substance to the characters and plot. Whilst the heroine, Angie, finds her power at 50, don’t mistake this book for one of those others. You may not like the other main character, Frieda, or “Freddy” as she is known by the spirit of a long-dead love who haunts her. However I bet you will enjoy reading her exploits - crone goals. She is 100+ and embodies the witch connected with nature. A cunning woman by any definition. Both characters are flawed, both go through life changing and tragic events and every time I stopped reading, I couldn’t wait to get back to Pagan’s Reach to find out more.

The phrase “in a nutshell” will never be the same once you have read this story. I look forward to reading more from this author and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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