Series: The Memory Witch #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Ten years ago, Quinn JacobsÔÇÖ mother made a bargain with a local witchÔÇösteal away QuinnÔÇÖs memories from the first eight years of her life and in return, Quinn would spend a year in servitude to the witch.
On QuinnÔÇÖs eighteenth birthday, sheÔÇÖs forced to leave her home and friends behind.
For the next year, sheÔÇÖll live at the Chadwick House, learning everything she needs to know about being a spellcaster. As her powers grow, Quinn begins to unravel the secrets of the past and the reason her mother was so desperate to conceal the horrifying truth.
A good paranormal story will not only whisk you away from you real life and allow you to immerse yourself completely in the characters lives, but will let you believe that all the magical and extraordinary things could be real and happening to someone you know, where you live. “The Memory Witch” by Heather Topham Wood does all of this easily. The story captivated me from the start, made me lose all concept of time and space and experience things alongside Quinn.
Quinn is a young girl who is haunted by her past. Or to be more exact, lack thereof. She has no memories at all of the first eight years of her life, always being told the amnesia is due to the trauma of losing her father. Little did she know that her memories have been wiped out by the witch Stella. Not the thing you want to find out before your 18th birthday. But this is exactly that happens to Quinn. Not only does she realize that her mother had been lying to her but she also learns that the deal her mother struck with the witch included a year of Quinn’s life spent at Stella’s and learning the craft. So instead of going off to college and enjoying her life and her boyfriend Tanner, she ends up in the middle of nowhere, with an old woman that is demanding, strict and unapologetic.
I really didn’t envy Quinn, but she takes all that’s dropped on her in stride. She’s strong and ambitious, wanting to learn as much as she can from Stella, despite her initial reservations and doubts. She’s willing to sacrifice her dreams to protect her mother and despite knowing her mother lied, she finds it in her to forgive and not let it ruin their relationship. I liked how outspoken Quinn was and that she didn’t throw herself a pity party, but instead just moved on – making the best of the situation.
That is both helped and complicated by the presence of Stella’s nephew, Mason. A broody young man, with looks to make panties melt, he confuses Quinn on a regular basis, always going back and forth between being charming, sweet and helpful and being distanced, broody and dismissive. Yet, neither of them can fully stay away from each other, feeling a pull they can’t resist. And she’d be crazy if she tried to resist him. He is sexy – body and heart. He is the perfect mix of sweet and bad, of caring and romantic, possessive and alpha. Absolutely swoon-worthy. But he also has a secret that has made him fear love and its consequences.
As Quinn’s year of training progresses, she not only learns that she has powers she never would have dreamt of, but also learns about who she can trust and who is bound to disappoint her. She manages to worm her way into Mason’s heart, despite his initial objections. And she realizes that this year might be her chance to lift the spell and find out what her mother isn’t telling her. Hell-bent on learning the truth, she is willing to face whatever horrible events might have occurred in her early life. But some truths can be ugly, straight from nightmares. So bad, I was a sobbing mess.
Is it worth knowing them or is better to forget? And what do you do when you remember?
Quinn has to figure out how to continue her life after the ugly truth is revealed. And it’s up to her what path she’ll choose – darkness or light.
I loved everything about the book. The writing, the atmosphere it created. I loved how much depth the characters had and how multidimensional they were. Heather Topham Wood’s characters are always absolutely breath-taking. Yes, they are flawed, they have edges, they make mistakes and are human. But they are also strong individuals that learn from their mistakes and grow from their experiences. It’s not different with “The Memory Witch”. The story was so beautiful, so meaningful, so captivating that it made my heart ache.
5+ extraordinarily-beautiful stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)