Our September 2020 Read: The Witches of New York
It's the time of year that is so in-between. It's not really autumn but it's not really summer anymore. This year it feels even more unsettled as some students are going to school and other are not all over the world. Some people are trying to get back to normal and other are not. Countries are opening and then closing again. Everything is a bit off you know?
I went off track on my reading commitment during lockdown because I was focusing on other things and my coping mechanism is to totally throw myself into work. It all got away from me! I decided I wanted to start up again before Christmas and the shop gets real crazy again.
My amazon kept reccomending a couple new books for me so I took the plunge and ordered a bunch of titles to finish out the year. After reading through them all I felt this one was the perfect fit! I'm missing a New York autumn and I thought this would make me feel a little happier!
The first one I picked up is The Witches of New York by Amy McKay. I only have a couple chapters left beacuse I couldn't put this book down and it was MAGICAL. I kept reading and reading while the weather lasted in my outdoor patio and it was the perfect read to bring in autumn and HALLOWEEN!
New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women—some possessed of true intuitive powers, and some gifted with the art of performance—find work as mediums.
Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair. At their humble teashop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn.
When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply," she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts—ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them.