Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Branwell Brontë's ghost appears in this new gothic novel:
The Garden of Bewitchmentby Catherine Cavendish
Flame Tree Press
ISBN: 9781787583412
February 2020

"Cavendish draws from the best conventions of the genre in this eerie gothic novel about a woman’s sanity slowly unraveling within the hallways of a mysterious mansion." – Publishers Weekly

Don’t play the game.

In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed. Neighbour Matthew Dixon befriends Evelyn, but seems to have more than one secret to hide. Then the horror really begins. The Garden of Bewitchment is all too real and something is threatening the lives and sanity of the women. Evelyn no longer knows who - or what - to believe. And time is running out. 
Modern Horrors reviews it and lists some of the Brontë references:
Whilst not strictly a “ghost story,” there’s everything that you would want from a book dealing with a haunting. There’s a haunted board game, the dark Yorkshire Moors setting and, of course, the ghost of Branwell Brontë. (...)
I’m full of praise for The Garden of Bewitchment, and I’m not a believer in picking holes in something for the sake of it. So I fully suggest you go out and get yourself a copy of this book. (I do also suggest you listen to Wuthering Heights a lot whilst reading it, but that’s completely optional). What secrets hide in the garden? Why is Branwell Brontë an important figure to the history of Evelyn and Claire?  (James Lefebure)

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