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The Widow of Pale Harbor

The Widow of Pale Harbor

Score: 4/5 Bookmarks

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I mean, how can you go wrong with a book that takes you back in history, has a touch of romance, a dash of Poe, and a healthy dose of murder mystery?! I couldn’t put it down, and tore through it with abandon.

I found the characters well developed and like-able, to the point where I actually wished the book was longer so I could get to know them on an even deeper level.

There was also a healthy dose of suspense that kept me turning the pages, itching to find out who was responsible for terrorizing the sleepy little ocean town of Pale Harbor, Maine.

The 1846 scene was also set so well you could practically feel the drizzle on your face as you wrapped your cloak tighter around yourself and hurried from one end of town to the other, dodging muddy splashes from passing carriages on your way.

I definitely recommend you add this one to your October reading list. It was the perfect book for curling up in front of the fire, while the wind whipped the changing leaves outside. I’m now looking forward to reading the author’s first book, The Witch of Willow Hall.


A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?

Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.

As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.

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