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3.00140740740741 out of 53.00140740740741 out of 53.00140740740741 out of 53.00140740740741 out of 53.00140740740741 out of 5 3.00 (945 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula Brackston Narrator: Marisa Calin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shadow Chronicles Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781427232823
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New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales inThe 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.

"An enthralling tale of love and magic." –USA Today

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bekah | 2/16/2014

    " It was very slow in the beginning and there isn't any real plot until you get to the middle of the book. But after you get through the first half the rest of the book goes by faster and starts to gain more depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 2/15/2014

    " The Winter Witch was an alright book. The romance is cheesy at times but i liked how the relationship came together. I'm glad there was a narrative for Cai as well as Morgana because without it i would have not seen how the romance works. The pacing is slow and there's only one Big Bad that made herself obvious from meeting #1. both Morgana and Cai are not the brightest crayons in the box when it comes to detective skills but tha'ts ok. I think the book is average at best. Its a good read for a rainy day when you're craving some clean romance with a touch of paranormal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anya | 2/13/2014

    " A touching book full of hope, love and heartache. Generally a nice read, but I did think it was occasionally repetitive and tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nazrin | 2/3/2014

    " Very slow paced and very predictable from the beginning "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa LoPiccolo | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Avery easy read and hard to put down. It is the classic good versus evil story but a very good one. I recommend this book and have already passed it on to a friend. He really liked it also and finished it in a day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi Irwin-newberry | 1/9/2014

    " This seemed a bit like freemen in the beginning but it really is a love story amid a battle of good versus evil. I enjoyed the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Ellsworth | 1/6/2014

    " I quite enjoyed this... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lianne | 12/22/2013

    " This was ok. The story was interesting enough, and it was fun reading within the Welsh culture. It was just a bit slow in too many parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mai | 12/6/2013

    " I enjoyed Witch's Daughter so I naturally wanted to read Winter Witch. I was swept away to Wales and found myself rooting for Morgana & Cai. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndal | 12/4/2013

    " Good story, dragged on a bit and you could see everything coming, but still a sweet story that I enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernadette Walsh | 11/30/2013

    " I LOVED Paula Brackston's Witch's Daughter and couldn't wait for this one. I wound up skipping through much of the cow driving and sheep gazing. As hard as I tried I just couldn't connect with these characters or care much about the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica Reed | 11/26/2013

    " Meh, this book sounded fun but it wasn't that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 11/5/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel with its good plot and great characters. The love story that was secondary was delightful as was the power struggle between the "good" and "bad" witches. I also learned a lot about life on a Welsh farm during the early 19th C. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 10/18/2013

    " I liked this book. I liked the pace and the setting. I would recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Koch | 7/30/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. Morgana is a surprisingly strong heroine and the Welsh setting is a perfectly beautiful backdrop for this tale of magic, love and learning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn Travis | 6/27/2013

    " This book was just OK. Very predictable, and I was disappointed because I expected a cross between historical fiction and fantasy - I got a mediocre romance novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara B. | 6/5/2013

    " 3.5 stars-I really liked the beginning but then it dragged some. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jkbees | 5/11/2013

    " I only read about a third of this book. It seemed very predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/3/2013

    " Really good, intense. Hard to put down, loved the story and how it played out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrice | 3/22/2013

    " Excellent blend of historical fiction and witchcraft fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Gibbons | 3/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. A very sweet read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 1/25/2013

    " I discovered Paula Brackston last year so I was very excited to learn about her newest novel.Something about the way that this author uses beautiful language paints a picture which tells the story. This is a witch novel without a too witchy vibe. And I love that. "

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About the Author

P. J. Brackston is the author of Nutters, The Winter Witch, and the New York Times bestseller The Witch’s Daughter. She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and is a visiting lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. Brackston lives in Wales with her partner, Simon, and their two children.

About the Narrator

Marisa Calin is an actress, narrator, and novelist born in England and educated in New York at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. An artist with a flair for everything literary, she has written a young adult novel, You & Me, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. She has narrated the audio books Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier.