Book Reviews

Book Review: A Letter to Three Witches

By Elizabeth Bass

Published January 2022

304 Pages

I’ll jump right into the blurb:  Gwen and her cousins (Trudy and Milo) are part of a family of hereditary witches who have been banned from practicing witchcraft for 150 years, ever since a bumbling great-grandfather caused the Dust Bowl.  The three of them try to blend into their small town, to the extent their significant others have no idea they’re witches.  When a fourth cousin, Tannith, stirs up trouble and threatens to steal one of their men away, the gloves come off and their powers come out – in unexpected ways.  Now they need to figure out what Tannith is up to, why Trudy’s cupcakes are enchanted, and how to turn her husband back into a human before the Watchers find out they’re not in control of their powers.

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did.  Perhaps it’s because I read it right after/while I was reading The Candy House and The Love Hypothesis, both of which blew me away.  Or maybe I should have paid a little more attention to all of the reviews comparing this to Practical Magic.  I loved the movie, but I’m not a fan of Alice Hoffman’s style, (and I realize that puts me in the minority of people who like Witch Lit.)  But for whatever reason, I could never get into this book.  The fact I read another book before I finished this one attests to that.

“A Letter to Three Witches” interpreted by Wombo Dream

There’s nothing wrong with this book.  The story is cute and who wouldn’t want to be a hereditary witch?  I mean, come on, to do less than wiggle your nose and manipulate energy?  Just me?  Okay, but I digress.  I never connected well with the characters.  Perhaps it was the format.  The first chapter is written in the POV of Tannith’s familiar (yes, a cat).  It was really humorous and I was into it.  Then the POV switched to Gwen and stayed there for about 12 chapters before switching back to the cat.  By that point, the cousins’ story was heating up and the switch kind of irritated me.  Plus Tannith wasn’t very nice to her cat.  

I could go on that the stakes never felt very high, etc. but I’ll leave it here.  Although I hate to leave a review where I’m just lukewarm about the book, that’s where I am on this one.  Cute story, nothing wrong with it and I certainly didn’t dislike it, it just never made much of an impression on me.

I wound up rating this novel three stars. ⭐⭐⭐

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

My rating system:

5 stars – Wow, I could not stop thinking about this book and/or I wish I’d writtn it.

4 stars – This was an awesome novel, I’d recommend it to friends.

3 stars – This was a good novel, I will look for more by this author.

2 stars – An okay novel, but I probably won’t look for anything else by the author.

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