The Witchs Kind By Louisa Morgan

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    From the author of A Secret History of Witches comes an absorbing tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of World War II.

    Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar -- two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.

    But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne's long-lost husband -- who is not quite the man she thought she married.

    Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves -- and the child they think of as their own -- from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family... The Witchs Kind

    Such an enjoyable read! I totally enjoyed the writing, the plot, and the characters. The story is mostly about Barrie Ann and her Aunt Charlotte - their lives and the secret they share from their heritage.

    Barrie Ann drops out of college to marry Will just prior to his deployment in World War II. What happens after their wedding date is the real story here. There is both heartbreak and joy in Barrie's life - and we can see this is the case with her Aunt Charlotte as well. Both Barrie Ann and Charlotte are very strong women who face hardship head-on and overcome the challenges. The dog named Willow is a treat in this book and I really want that dog! I think Willow was my favorite character!

    There are paranormal elements in the story. Obviously a type of witchcraft as the title indicates, but there is a child with a special gift, some talk of aliens, and I felt the dog had some type of gift as well.

    This is the second book I've read by Louisa Morgan. I read A Secret History of Witches earlier and enjoyed it as well. Both books portray strong women. I look forward to new works by this author as I truly like her writing style and character development.

    Thanks to Louisa Morgan and Redhook Books through Netgalley for an advance copy. Fantasy, Historical Fiction Thanks to Netgalley and Redhook books for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

    This book has an average rating of 4.03? Here I stand all alone and very confused. I came for the witches and ended up with Roswell, aliens, fish babies, and way too much time spent on Barrie Anne's backstory. The writing is good and this was my first read of Louisa Morgan. Also I really liked Aunt Charlotte and felt she was a fascinating person in the story. I just feel a real lack of enjoyment after reaching the conclusion. Hence why I find myself at a 2 star.

    Moving on.... Fantasy, Historical Fiction

    There are universes we know nothing of, Barrie Anne. Under the water. Beyond the sky. We live in a world of mysteries.

    DNF @ pg186

    TW: talk of miscarriage/infertility in this review

    I am so, so sad to be DNFing this book. I have never 5-starred a DNF review before, but I am with this one.

    It's a gorgeously written story and the witches in it are so wonderful. I honestly adore 95% of this book, but the 5% that I personally cannot handle is the only reason I'm putting it down. There are major trigger warnings for stillbirth (not a spoiler, it's mentioned very early in the book). I thought I could handle reading past those points, but every time the narrator remembered her pain, it just sent me into a fit of tears remembering my miscarriage.

    I feel awful for not finishing this because I think this author is so tremendously talented and this book would be literally perfect for me if I could work past those sections, but I can't, and even with the baby she finds and adopts in the beginning of the book, the narrator is so scared of losing her that it was sending my anxiety through the roofs thinking about how scared I was of the thought of losing my rainbow baby when he came along. So, yeah, if any of this sounds like something you can't handle, please take care of yourself. ♥ If you can handle those TWs, then please pick this book up and give it the love it deserves.

    There's also a content warning for very sad references to a former f/f romance that has been severed due to homophobia and the US' mid-1900s general lack of acceptance for queer relationships.

    All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Redhook for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Fantasy, Historical Fiction *****SPOILERS*****
    Release Date: March 19th, 2019
    Genre: Fantasy
    Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 3.75

    About the book: Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar -- two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne's long-lost husband -- who is not quite the man she thought she married.Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves -- and the child they think of as their own -- from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family. . .

    What I Liked:
    1. The cover
    2. The promise of a book about witches
    3. The book flowed

    What I Didn't Like:
    1. Didn't need to be this long
    2. The husband did not to be that evil.... Was too much!

    Overall Thoughts: Honestly I thought I was getting a book about witches and that was not what I got. This is a hybrid book it a woman that has a gift of knowing the future. Our main character shows no signs. She finds a baby after there's a bright light and crash into the water. Baby is alien but with gills so she can swim. OK. Still no witches! Main character marries when she is young to this so over the type villain that all I could picture him doing was tying her to the train tracks and twirling his mustache. He's a bag of shit. He hits her, steals from the military (I wasn't mad about this it's the 40s and they were doing so many shady shit to people back then), steals the baby to sell her to scientists. So much was weird about this book. Why would the military let her keep the house that was bought with money from the drugs her husband stole? Where the fuck are the witches??? Not sure why a queer character was thrown in this book only to have her called offensive queer names. That went no where!

    Final Thoughts: There's no witches here 🤷🏻‍♀️. Fantasy, Historical Fiction 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I confess, I wasn’t sure at first that I was going to read this. My experience with Louisa Morgan’s previous novel A Secret History of Witches was really mixed, and I had concerns that I was going to run into similar issues with The Witch’s Kind, its sort-of spiritual successor. Thankfully though, none of those concerns came to pass. Although this one does contain many of the same ideas, themes, and stylistic elements of Morgan’s first book, it also features a much different kind of story, which—I have no doubt—is why I enjoyed it so much more.

    Set in the early-to-mid 20th century, the book follows Barrie Anne Blythe, a young woman raised by her aunt Charlotte following the deaths of her parents. In the aftermath of World War II, the two women have settled on the Pacific Northwest coast, where Barrie owns a small farmstead by the sea. One evening, she notices some peculiar lights over the ocean, but decides to push it from her mind. That is, until the next day, her dog carries home a bundle that it found on the beach. In the bundle, Barrie finds a tiny infant—a very special little girl she names Emma, after deciding to keep and raise the baby as her own. With Charlotte’s help, Barrie devises a plan to explain for Emma’s presence, protecting her foundling child from curious neighbors as well as men from the government who have been poking around town in the wake of the strange lights in the sky.

    Interspersed between these chapters taking place in the post-war timeline is also a second narrative, unraveling the events of Barrie’s past beginning from the time of her childhood being raised by Charlotte. In these sections, we watch as Barrie grows into a teen and then a young adult attending college where she meets her future husband Will, followed by her time living as a disaffected wife of a deployed naval corpsman. Eventually, the timelines link up as the story unfolds to reveal how the marriage falls apart, as well as the painful and heartbreaking series of events leading up to Barrie’s move to the farm and her subsequent discovery of Emma.

    I have to say The Witch’s Kind was unexpected in a lot of ways. For one, there was a twist in the story and an allusion to elements closer to science fiction than fantasy, which I hadn’t seen coming at all. That said, I didn’t enjoy myself any less because of it. The magical and paranormal aspects were still present and strong, even if the concepts themselves were a bit scattered. And besides, it was mostly the overall riveting quality of the story and the irresistible charms that won me over.

    In fact, I’m still feeling a little bowled over by how much I liked this book, considering it contains several of my personal pet peeves. I’ll be going into them later, but first, I want to go into all the things I loved. Foremost of them are the characters, Barrie and Charlotte, who are both strong women who have experienced hardship in their lives. Despite the protagonist being Barrie, my favorite character was actually Charlotte, who is in every way the kind of person you wish you knew in real life. Levelheaded, dependable and caring, even when Barrie was making the stupidest life choices, I loved how Charlotte respected her niece enough to let her make her own decisions and learn from her mistakes but was also always there to support her when she needed help. Their relationship was unquestionable the backbone of this novel, the glue that held all its various parts together.

    I also loved the writing. Louisa Morgan is the pseudonym of Louise Marley, who is already an accomplished author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, so I was unsurprised at the level of skill displayed in her prose. I was, however, astonished at how well the framework of story’s dual timelines worked for me. Transitions were handled smoothly in a way that did not detract from the flow, even towards the end of the book when the past started to catch up to the present. I don’t always do well with multiple timelines, but it is how the threads are woven that matters.

    As for criticisms, the ones I have are relatively minor, but they still warrant discussion. As I have already mentioned, there’s the disorganized way the supernatural elements were handled. The title of the book notwithstanding, there’s only a light sprinkling of magic and “witchiness” to this story, to the point where it probably wasn’t even necessary. However, the suggestion of aliens and mermaids as well as their possible connections to Roswell were another matter, for these were more relevant to the plot, though ultimately I felt the narrative didn’t quite manage to pull all these ideas together. I was also disappointed in the portrayal of Will, whose character I found completely absurd and over-the-top. I had a similar issue with A Secret History of Witches where the oppressive bigotry and abusive personalities of some of the male characters were overdone to the extreme, making them feel more like caricatures than real people. It also irks me that Morgan’s so-called strong and independent female characters always seem to get bamboozled by the slick talk and good-looking charms of manipulative men. Over and over, Barrie claims to have gotten the true measure of Will after the nth time he treats her like trash, and yet she still can’t seem to stop falling for his obvious tricks, annoying me with her utter cluelessness.

    But as I said before, despite its flaws, I still really enjoyed The Witch’s Kind—certainly a lot more than I did A Secret History of Witches. It was a story I found completely engrossing and hard to put down. At the end of the day, I’m very glad I decided it to read it, and I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical dramas about found families or women’s fiction with a touch of the supernatural. Fantasy, Historical Fiction


    I fell in love with A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan last year and I was ecstatic when my hold came in for The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan. Both books are standalone novels but share similar witchy themes. The book takes place in the Pacific Northwest and introduces Barrie Ann Blythe, post WWII. She lives alone on a farm. One day, her dog Willow brings her a baby that she pulled from the water, wrapped in a blanket. That is mysterious enough but it doesn’t take long to see the baby has other mysterious qualities. Barrie Ann only trusts one person, her aunt Charlotte. Charlotte has a way of knowing things. Over the years Charlotte has told Barrie about the family trait, a trait that could be dangerous if anyone ever found out. Now they must protect the baby at all costs.

    Louisa Morgan’s books speak to my soul. I can never find anything that I don’t like about them. Her writing is utterly enchanting as if there is magic in the words themselves. The pace is steady and enjoyable. The story does jump back and forth between WWII and post WWII but it is not jarring and it flows perfectly from one scene to the next.

    The characters are delightful. I absolutely adored Barrie and found that I could relate to her. She makes mistakes but she learns. She also finds herself struggling to understand the world around her, which anyone could relate to. Her development is perfection. Then there is Charlotte. She is Barrie’s rock. She is the embodiment of wisdom and comfort. She will go above and beyond for family.

    One of the things I love most about Louisa Morgan’s books is the themes of life experience, love, acceptance, and family. The witchy theme while very much present isn’t the main theme. It just accents the other themes. Now, be warned this book does explore issues like pregnancy loss and domestic violence and manipulation. However, I couldn’t have loved this book more. Out of the 2 books I have read by Louisa Morgan, I have loved both. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. Fantasy, Historical Fiction A very mixed feelings here. It was in between 2 stars and 4 stars in parts, for me.

    The writing: was lovely and there were lot of things I enjoyed. Especially the narration was pretty nice and the descriptive part about nature, animals and places was definitely defined and well executed. I didn't care for the mixture of fantasy characters.

    The present day was more enjoyable to read than the going back to past.

    The husband was a bit laughable as a character - was a bit too over the top to be taken seriously.

    Overall it was a bit too drawn out and could have been a tad tighter.

    Thank you very much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the ARC. Fantasy, Historical Fiction Review to follow. Fantasy, Historical Fiction Lightly paranormal, but really more about the binding and loosening of various types of relationships. Are there witches? Sure. Are there aliens? Maybe. Is Willow one damn fine dog? Heck yeah! Nicely paced with slow spells to appreciate a hot summer garden, and rushing bits of panic and fear pushing the plot along. Hope there is a second generation follow up. Recommended for book groups who are safe havens to discus marital intimidation. Fantasy, Historical Fiction Not sure what to tell you about this mixture of witches, mermaids, aliens, g-men and WWII that would make you want to read it. It's just a light dusting of all of that but it works so well that I kept turning the pages this morning until I missed breakfast. Sincerely hope there is a part two, not that the ending wasn't great..but well you will see. It's good. Fantasy, Historical Fiction