Shakespeare’s Witch by Samantha Grosser
Publication Date: March 20, 2019
Sam Grosser Books
eBook & Paperback; 358 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Love, Witchcraft, Sorcery, Madness.
A fortune told …
When Sarah Stone foresees Will Shakespeare’s latest play has opened doors to evil, she begs the playwright to abandon it. But Will refuses, aware the play is one of his best. And so rehearsals for Macbeth begin.
Forbidden desires …
After her vision, Sarah fears for her life – she has never known the shewstone to lie, and she turns to her brother Tom for comfort. A strange darkness seems to haunt the playhouse, and when Tom sets out to seduce John Upton, the boy actor who plays Lady Macbeth, the boy sees the hand of witchcraft in his own forbidden desires for men. Then Sarah weaves a spell to win the love of the new lead actor, and John, terrified for the safety of his soul, begins to make his accusations.
The Spirits have spoken …
As rehearsals continue, Sarah and Tom must struggle to convince John he is mistaken and that his sins are his own – their lives and the fortune of the play are at stake. But the Spirits have spoken – will the fate that Sarah foresaw come to pass or is their destiny their own to decide?
Set against the first production of Macbeth in 1606, Shakespeare’s Witch is a seductive tale of the origins of the curse of the Scottish Play.
My Review: Alright, Folks. First of all, I owe an apology to both the author and Amy (who organized this entire brilliant Book Blog Tour!) for my late review! ❤
Second of all, have you ever read a novel that is a bit outside of your “normal” genre? And then devoured it? Because it was @&$#! amazing?! Oh my goodness, Friends. Oh my flipping goodness.
Side note: I may need to set up a little table for my author crushes. Because on my hypothetical table sits a picture of T.J. London, and now I have to add Samantha Grosser. That’s not weird, right? Yeah, that’s probably weird. I’m gonna do it anyway. But, I digress…
I could not get enough of this incredible novel and was quite literally heartbroken to turn the last page. Shakespeare’s Witch follows the stories of Sarah and her brother Tom, both of whom work at The Globe Theater for Shakespeare and company. Both siblings have a penchant for witchcraft, and both decide to weave a little magic here, a little spell there, to attract their love interests. The only problem is, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, as the saying goes. How will the siblings deal with the potentially disastrous results?
Okay, let me preface by saying this, because I know y’all are going to ask: YES, I absolutely fell head-over-heels for this novel, would read it again in a friggin’ heartbeat and want everything she ever writes for the rest of my natural born life. YES, this novel contains sex and some dark undertones. Um, sex happens, people. And honestly, I think the raw aspect of this novel made the story, hands-down. It was so rad to see Shakespeare. It was awesome to see “Macbeth” from a different perspective. The historical settings, the scenes, the amazingly complex characters, the research and the writing style were superb. But what good is a story without actual human beings, flaws and all? Between the unforgettable characters and the way Samantha Grosser puts pen to paper, I was completely lost in the pages of this book.
Get the book. Go. Right now. Off with you. Shoo! You can thank me later.
About the Author
Historical fiction author Samantha Grosser originally hails from England, but now lives on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband, son and a very small dog called Livvy.
Combining a lifelong love of history with a compulsion to write that dates from childhood, Samantha is now bringing her passion for telling compelling stories to the world.
Samantha has an Honours Degree in English Literature and taught English for many years in Asia and Australia. She is the author of wartime dramas Another Time and Place and The Officer’s Affair, and The King James Men, set during the turbulent early years of 17th Century.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, March 20
Review at Passages to the Past
Thursday, March 21
Review at Book Reviews from Canada
Friday, March 22
Interview at Jathan & Heather
Saturday, March 23
Feature at Broken Teepee
Monday, March 25
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Tuesday, March 26
Feature at What Is That Book About
Wednesday, March 27
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Friday, March 29
Interview at Passages to the Past
Sunday, March 31
Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All
Monday, April 1
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste
Tuesday, April 2
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, April 4
Interview at Hisdoryan
Monday, April 8
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, April 9
Review at Bibliophile Reviews
Wednesday, April 10
Review at Macsbooks
Friday, April 12
Review at A Book Geek
Tuesday, April 16
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
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