In seventeenth-century England, young Bess Hawksmith enjoys
watching her mother work miracles as a healer and a midwife.
But when the Black Death arrives in Batchcombe, Bess' family
is slowly decimated. Bess must watch as her father, brother,
and younger sister die an agonizing death. When Bess
suddenly becomes ill, her mother makes a decision to give up
her existence as a healer and be reborn as a powerful witch,
powerful enough to cure her dying daughter.
Bess' sudden recovery creates a stir in Batchcombe. Rumors
begin to circulate that Anne used sorcery to cure her
daughter. When the witchfinder of Wessex arrives in
Batchcombe, witnesses begin to accuse Anne of working with
the devil to create the plague. Anne is hanged, but not
before she pleads with Bess to go to Gideon Masters, a
mysterious man Bess has always suspected is no mere mortal.
Irresistibly attracted, yet terrified of the darkness
surrounding Gideon Masters, Bess allows Gideon to transform
her into an immortal witch, just as he transformed her
mother. But Gideon's gift comes at a dangerous price. As the
centuries pass, Gideon has not forgotten Bess' promise, and
he is prepared to pursue her until the end of time.
In 2007, Bess is now Elizabeth. Her quiet existence selling
essences and potions is interrupted when she meets a young
girl named Tegan. Tegan's innocence and unwavering devotion
to Elizabeth, make Bess long for the closeness she once
shared with her sister. As their friendship blossoms, Bess
decides to tell Tegan three very special stories which are
very dear to her heart.
The novel transitions across centuries as Bess regales Tegan
with the story of her life in the seventeenth century. Bess
also shares her story when she went by the name of Eliza, a
surgeon in nineteenth-century London. Finally, Bess shares
the story of her life as Elise, a nurse in war ravaged
Flanders in 1917. Each story Bess shares with Tegan involves
the death of someone she allowed herself to love and the
appearance of Gideon Masters, who has kept his promise to
follow Bess through time. When Gideon once again threatens
Bess' new life, Bess vows to protect Tegan, even at the risk
of exposing herself as the immortal witch which has been the
same woman in each story she has shared with Tegan.
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER is a bewitching tale of magic and a
dark and relentless obsession. Paula Brackston effortlessly
weaves together Bess' various identities and creates an
absorbing time travel story readers will want to lose
themselves in. Brackston impresses her readers with her
ability to create not one but three fascinating stories for
her readers to indulge in. Bess casts plenty of spells
throughout the novel, but the best spell is the one Paula
Brackston casts on her readers with this mesmerizing tale of
life of an immortal witch.
In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds
himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother
swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can
save her from the same fate: the Warlock Gideon Masters.
Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess
in the Craft, awakening formidable powers and making her
immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now,
centuries later, he will be hunting her across time,
determined to claim payment for saving her life.
In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life.
Her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl named Tegan
starts hanging around. Against her instincts, Elizabeth
teaches Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process
awakening memories--and demons--long thought forgotten.
Part historical romance, part modern fantasy,The Witch's
Daughteris a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet
dangerous world of witches. Readers will long remember the
fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and
the heartbreak of immortality to stay true to herself, and
protect the protege she comes to love.