The Widow of Pale Harbour

By Hester Fox

Published: October 2019

ISBN: 9781848457492

  • 1846. Desperate to escape the ghosts of his past, Gabriel Stone takes a position as a minister in the remote Pale Harbour, but not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. As soon as Gabriel steps foot in town, he can’t escape the rumours about the mysterious Sophy Carver, a young widow who lives in the eerie Castle Carver: whispers that she killed her husband, mutterings that she might even be a witch. But as strange, unsettling events escalate into murder, Gabriel finds himself falling under Sophy’s spell. As clues start to point to Sophy as the next victim, Gabriel realises he must find answers before anyone else turns up dead. 

    Everyone is spellbound by Hester Fox!

    ‘This debut recalls Georgette Heyer, with extra spookiness’ The Times

    ‘Beautifully written… The Witch of Willow Hall will cast a spell over every reader’ Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

    ‘Steeped in Gothic eeriness it’s spine-tingling and very atmospheric.’ Nicola Cornick, author of The Woman in the Lake

    ‘With its sense of creeping menace… this compelling story had me gripped from the first page… ’ Linda Finlay, author of The Flower Seller

    ‘Creepy, tense, heartbreaking and beautifully, achingly romantic.’ Cressida McLaughlin

    ‘I could NOT put this thing down!’ ‘The ULTIMATE page turner!’ ‘What a story! It absolutely captivated me’ ‘Historical fiction with a side of romance and major helping of creepiness, this debut novel hits the mark!’ ‘The book pulls you in from the beginning with many twists and turns. I didn't want to put it down, and could not wait to see what was going to happen next.’

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