The Language of Spells by Sarah Painter
Published by Carina
1st May 2015
When you are ready, seek, and you shall find. It is your gift.
Gwen Harper left Pendleford thirteen years ago and hasn’t looked back. Until an inheritance throws her into the mystical world she thought she’d escaped. Confronted with her great-aunt’s legacy Gwen must finally face up to her past.
The magic she has long tried to suppress is back with a vengeance but gift or burden, for Gwen, it always spells trouble. She has to stay – she has nowhere else to go – but how can she find her place in the town that drove her out after branding her a witch…?
This is the first of Sarah Painter's books to feature the Pendleford witches. Gwen Harper left Pendleford when she was a teenager, and hasn't returned to the house of her great-aunt since. However, now the old lady has died, and left her house to Gwen. Fortuitously, Gwen is currently homeless, so returning to her former home seems an easy thing to do. However, not everyone in the village seems to welcome her with open arms. It seems that her aunt's magical powers have left some villagers feeling uncomfortable with Gwen's arrival.
As the book progresses, we see Gwen channelling her inner witch, whilst battling with her sister's denial that there is anything magical in their family. Cue Gwen's niece Katie who wants to know more about their family secrets. Oh, and don't forget Cam, the boyfriend Gwen left without so much as a goodbye when she left Pendleford thirteen years ago - of course, he's still living in the village, and as desirable as he was then.
This is a fantastical novel of magic and witchcraft. If you like this genre, then I think you'll love The Language of Spells and the follow-up novel Secrets of Ghosts (review coming soon). I was drawn in and loved this book and raced through reading it - anything that features witchcraft is usually a winner with me!