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The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

I devoured The Witches of New York from the beginning until the end. You all know how much I love a good witchy story and this delivered! Rich in atmosphere and witch lore, this book is not to be missed by those who wish that magic was real.

In the 1880s, Adelaide and Eleanor run a tea shop in New York City. Eleanor provides the herbs and recipes for amazing cups of tea to treat any ailment while Adelaide provides divinations for New York’s society ladies. Beatrice, who responds to their ad for help in their shop, quickly discovers her powers as a medium. They’re an impressive trio in an otherwise oppressed Victorian society that seeks the destruction of everything that is not faithful to the Christian religion.

Full of magic, fairies, and supernatural visions, I looked forward to settling in on the cup of teacouch after the boys’ bedtime every night! I loved the description of the time period, imagining what it would be like to create my own tea from my very own herbs, and itching to play with my tarot cards to unlock the mysteries of my life.

I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m so drawn to these types of books. How am I so completely consumed by these stories and these lives? It feels so other-worldly and I’m simply transported by it all. And that’s one of the things that I love about reading – experiencing a world that seems so far away from my own. And how fun is it to think about the ways that I can bring elements of magic into my own home?

Have you read this book? Is it something that you might be interested in? Are you a big fan of witchy books, too? Tell me what you’re thinking about!!

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