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**Escape from Witchwood Hollow** 5-Star YA by Jordan Elizabeth

The Escape From Witchwood Hollow

This book is a magnificently crafted coming of age, fantasy novel.
The story primarily revolves around three young women from three different time periods and their experiences in Witchwood Hollow.

The legend begins In 1670 when Lady Clifford flees from her home and family to save her own life. She takes refuge in the forest of Witchwood Hollow, and according to Legend is never seen again by her family.

In 1850, a young woman, Albertine Slack from England received a letter from her father asking her to come to America. He wrote saying that he had secured land in Arnn NY and had found a husband for her. Albertine arrived in NY, but she never made it to her father’s home. The innkeeper tried to persuade her to wait until her father came for her, but Albertine was too anxious. Her father lived only a mile away, so she couldn’t see the harm in walking it. Albertine’s grave mistake though was when she took a short cut through Witchwood Hollow.

In 2001, after becoming an orphan, Honoria moved to Arnn NY with her aunt, uncle and brother. Honoria wanted to fit in and feel part of her new school. So when two friends dared her to enter the enchanted woods, Witchwood Hollow, Honoria accepted the challenge. She was petrified of the witch however but walked in anyway. She found that instead of feeling terrified there was a strange calmness about the area. That peaceful feeling, however, left her abruptly when she started to hear voices that told her to run. Honoria made it out that day. She became obsessed though, with Witchwood Hollow and wanted to learn everything she could about it and the witch who lived there. It was almost as if the place was beckoning and luring her back.

The story is filled with magic, mystery and enough creepiness to keep the reader glued to their seat. I found the book captivating and meticulously crafted. The escape from Witchwood Hollow has many clever and unpredictable twists and turns in it. I thoroughly enjoyed this solid 5-star read and would highly recommend it to any young adult or adult looking for some excitement and intrigue.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars

*Beneath the Rainbow* 5-stars- by Lisa Shambrook

Beneath the rainbow

Beneath the Rainbow is a magnificently crafted fictional story about a deceased seven- year-old girl, who desperately tries to alleviate her parent’s emotional pain. It’s a bittersweet story about endings, letting go, acceptance, and new beginnings.

When Freya, found herself in a field of flowers, she didn’t know where she was. Jake, a young boy, met Freya and welcomed her to her heaven. Jake was Freya’s guide, and Freya was Jake’s first assignment. I loved how his author wrote in stunning detail, Freya’s magical and breathtaking heaven for readers to experience and enjoy.

Jake was solemn, knowing the pain that he was about to cause Freya. He hated the fact that he had to be the one to show Freya her own funeral. After witnessing her funeral, Freya realized that not only was she dead, but that she had caused her parent’s devastating pain. She made up her mind then and there to visit them and try to alleviate some of their grief.

Be ready for an emotionally charged ride as the author takes you from Freya’s beautiful heaven to the crushing dark sadness of her parent’s home.

This story stayed with me long after I finished it. Like most people, I have lost loved ones, that I still miss and long to see. And, even though, this book is fictional, it reads like a true story, one where the reader feels deeply for its characters. I felt as if I was right there with Freya as she visited her parents, her friends, her sister and her uncle.

Jake and Freya do help one another to heal. And when Freya is ready for her first assignment, Jake is right there with her.

I highly recommend reading this touching and moving story of acceptance and unending love. Thank you, Lisa Shambrook, for writing and sharing such a beautiful tale.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover