The Witch of Tin Mountain

- Paulette Kennedy

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Blood and power bind three generations of women in the Ozark Mountains. So does an evil that’s followed them across the decades.

1931. Gracelynn Doherty lives peacefully on Tin Mountain, helping her adoptive granny work her cures. Despite whispers that the women are witches, the superstitious locals still seek them out, whether they suffer from arthritis or a broken heart. But when evangelist Josiah Bellflower comes to town touting miracle healing, full bellies, and prosperity, his revivals soon hold Tin Mountain in thrall—and Granny in abject fear.

Granny recognizes Josiah. Fifty years ago, in a dark and desperate moment, she made a terrible promise. Now Josiah, an enemy, has returned to collect his due.

As Granny sickens and the drought-ridden countryside falls under a curse, Gracelynn must choose: flee Tin Mountain and the only family she knows or confront the vengeful preacher whose unholy mission is to destroy her.


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

enjoyable/easy to read:
There is a lot to like about The Witch of Tin Mountain. Generations of witches in neverending conflict with a shadowy demon with strong powers and a dark obsession; right up my alley and pretty much everything I’m looking for in a book.

What is the difference between good and evil? Truly? It's all a matter of perception. Every bit of it. Wars. Plagues. Famine. Saints and sinners. Angels and demons.

Even though the two storylines took place fifty years apart, I really struggled to keep them straight. The characters were going through the same problems, and it would take pages before I could sort out which one I was reading about. It should not have been as difficult as it was for me, so I may be a distracted reader, but every time I came back to the book, it took longer than I should have to orient myself back into the story.

The Witch of Tin Mountain definitely got better as it went. The narrative picked up as Deirdre and Gracelynn figured out what was going on and started to form plans and take action. There were some strange moments… 

Like Deirdre being obsessed about a boy who had no positive qualities and ignored her and clearly wasn’t that into her. Or Morris being sent off on a train almost never to be heard from again, so Seth disappears too. And what was the point of this whole side plot with the clan and the illegal still if nothing is ever brought up again after Morris leaves?

But there was a clear direction, and even though you knew what was coming, the journey was interesting.

There are a lot of side characters and plots that come and go seemingly at random and some plot holes to overlook, but I enjoyed the main characters and their journeys and how everything came together in the end. It might have been a little messy, but we got there.

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