A Witch in Time
A young woman in Belle Epoque France is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist.In 1895, sixteen-year-old Juliet LaCompte has a passionate, doomed romance with the married Parisian painter Auguste Marchant. When her mother — a witch — botches a curse on Marchant, she unwittingly binds Juliet to the artist through time, damning her to re-live her affair and die tragically young lifetime after lifetime as the star-crossed lovers reincarnate through history.Luke Varner, the worldly demon tasked with maintaining this badly crafted curse, has been helplessly in love with his charge, in all her reincarnations, since 19th century France. He’s in love with Nora, a silver screen starlet in 1930s Hollywood. He’s in love with Sandra, a struggling musician in 1970s Los Angeles. And he’s in love with Helen, a magazine exec in present-day DC who has the power to “suggest” others do her bidding.In this life, Helen starts to recall the curse and her tragic previous lives. But this time, she might have the power to break the cycle…A Witch in Time is perfect for fans of A Secret History of Witches, Outlander, and The Time Traveler’s Wife.

A Witch in Time Details

TitleA Witch in Time
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 11th, 2020
PublisherRedhook
ISBN-139780316493604
Rating
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Paranormal, Adult, Witches, Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Romance

A Witch in Time Review

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    January 1, 1970
    The muse. The actress. The musician. The witch. There is only one novel in which you can live your life four times, in different ways, through two centuries, trapped in a deadly curse with a demon at your heels. If you are a fan of time-travel books like me, then the blurb alone at the back of the book should have you hooked in an instant. Washington, DC, 2012 - After divorcing Roger, an art collector and “wunderkind in the philanthropy world” Helen is on a blind date with Luke Varner, who is The muse. The actress. The musician. The witch. There is only one novel in which you can live your life four times, in different ways, through two centuries, trapped in a deadly curse with a demon at your heels. If you are a fan of time-travel books like me, then the blurb alone at the back of the book should have you hooked in an instant. Washington, DC, 2012 - After divorcing Roger, an art collector and “wunderkind in the philanthropy world” Helen is on a blind date with Luke Varner, who is terribly out of place with his sense of fashion as if lost in time. Their conversation starts off with labored small talk about her job at the influential magazine “In Fame” and it doesn’t take long for Luke to speak in riddles and drop some strange hints about her family’s life history. “You haven’t changed. I mean you have changed…the hair mostly. It is more of a copper color now".“I hate this moment.” He rubbed his legs, looking nervous. “I go about thirty years hating this moment, and then you call me and we do this all over again.” Challans, France, 1895 - Juliet LaCompte is sixteen years old and promised to marry the Bosson boy, Michael in a year who will inherit the farm of his parents. Her father works on the Busson Farm and her mother runs the house and makes special herb remedies and pastes to sell at the town apothecary. Juliet dreams of a life in Paris despite their current financial status. When a local artist, August Marchante is painting a series on children, he offers much coin to paint Juliet and her little brother. What begins so innocently on that fateful day will have tragic consequences that ripple through time and space, making Helen, in Washingon DC, contemplate murder in 2012. New York City, 1932 - Nora Wheeler, a 19-year-old dance theater girl, is in an arrangement with Clint who “cleans up problems” at the theater. He promises her a connection to Hollywood and MGM and expects her to be his girl for all his needs. But Clint is a drunk and abusive, and after setting money aside, she leaves him one night in a risky maneuver, by train, heading West. Hollywood isn’t as welcoming until she makes drastic changes in her appearance and works even harder for her dream. Unexpected talents garner her some attention, but her fortunes run out when Clint comes into town to “clean up" a murder. Imbued with the same talent, Helen, in Washington DC, is haunted by Norma’s story and knows her own demise is coming up. Los Angeles, May 1970 - Sandra Keane, a 22-year-old student at UCLA comes from a middle-class family. Her parent’s wanted her to major in something practical, like nursing. Secretly though, she switched into a music performance major and gigs around with friends. It’s the time of the Vietnam draft and many of her old friends have left but in LA, the hipster bell-bottoms, drugs and rock music are in full bloom. A big wig producer has invited Sandra’s band to his ranch to cut their first album. Her talent is uncanny but it’s an unseen force that makes her even more special when she rescue’s her friend in a tragic accident. There are forces and powers from long ago that seep into her existence, the same ones that begin to haunt Helen, in Washington DC, in 2012. A curse that was cast in 1895 has haunted three woman through time and landed on Helen’s doorstep. Vivid dreams make her relive the lives of Juliet, Nora and Sandra and turns this riddling curse into a mystery she must solve in order to live beyond her 34th birthday. Entangled in the sticky web of a demon, she has to be clever and battle her ever-growing feelings for a man who has shared the miseries of each woman’s past, watching, helpless and deeply in love as they were followed by the destruction of the deadly curse. In a culminating arch, one star crossed lover has to die to free the other. In an intimate moment never meant to be, hearts desire tragically ends the overwhelming love that began in 1895 most true and heart-wrenching. ***Talk about traveling through time! This novel is not a brief affair. Each time period depicted is almost a novel in itself, rich in its historically detailed setting and character development. Though I did not anticipate such depth in the respected time periods, I found myself looking up events, actors, artists, and paintings mentioned. I especially adored the detailed descriptions of the Latin Quarter in Paris, which is where I love to stay on my visits for the myriad of art vendors, markets, restaurants, cobblestone streets and all over flair. This culminated undertaking of the novel is respectively huge in scope and it came together with the underlying bonds of the once cast spell, uniting time and characters most lingering and tragically beautiful. Through a large portion of the book, the novel stays within the pov of Juliet and the inception of the curse. Unknowing the connection of events, Juliet’s life unfolds without her command in charge as she ends up in Paris, but is bound by constricting circles that have a hold on her most suffocating. The story picks up the pieces of her life and the loss of love and continues blended in succession with the other narratives, while Helen dreams about these events. The ultimate clues will come from Juliet’s life as the tellings are infused throughout the entirety of the novel and Helen’s new friend Luke Varner aids her in the realization of a connected past before her life will run out of time due to the curse. Many events in time take part in this story, including those of Helen’s present. It took me some time to warm up with Helen as a character and her profession. She seemed more a matter of fact type personality at first but softened later on making her more relatable. I found Nora to be the bravest character with the most perseverance. Reading in her pov and spending time among the 1930’s glamorous movie stars was splendid as well as cutthroat. The component of the curse with its bindings isn’t one that is understood right away but its meaning spreads like crumbs through the maze of narratives to figure out. Sometimes I could not decide if I was more fascinated by the settings and characters or the mystery of the curse in itself. Though I wasn’t let down by the end of the novel, I was certainly emotionally drained and left all stirred up. When reading A Witch in Time you will receive more than you may have bargained for by looking at the beautiful cover. Its rewards lay in the strong historical details and engrossing events the characters navigate. With a bit of endurance, this is a uniquely rich novel to appreciate. HAPPY READING :) I received a digital copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Quotes are taken from an advanced reader copy and may be subject to change. All opinions are my own. Thank you! More of my reviews here:Through Novel Time & Distance
    more
  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for A Witch in Time. They might regret it because I'm gonna rip it a new one.I was really excited to read A Witch in Time because the premise had all the elements I look for: magic, demons, horror, love, tragic love!I'm so there!Then, I started reading. ** Danger Will Robinson! Spoilers ahead ** I disliked Juliet. Intensely. She is a silly little girl with no redeemable qualities. In fact, the urge to punch her throughout the years only grew with my intense dislike for Thank you to NetGalley for A Witch in Time. They might regret it because I'm gonna rip it a new one.I was really excited to read A Witch in Time because the premise had all the elements I look for: magic, demons, horror, love, tragic love!I'm so there!Then, I started reading. ** Danger Will Robinson! Spoilers ahead ** I disliked Juliet. Intensely. She is a silly little girl with no redeemable qualities. In fact, the urge to punch her throughout the years only grew with my intense dislike for her.I don't know what's worse; that she is a nitwit or a nitwit with no magical skills.The love affair between her and Auguste is contrived, with neither passion or rapport between them. It just happens.I also couldn't shake the fact that their relationship is SO wrong; she's underage which makes him a pedophile.Unfortunately, one thing Juliet has a knack for her is falling in love. Falling in love with her patron. Falling in love with the many reincarnations of Auguste throughout the centuries.She's just falling in love with any old thing that pays attention to her.My biggest caveat: for a book about BLOOD MAGIC, A FREAKING CURSE, and a DEMON, there is barely any of that.There is no magic, no wondrous enchantment, no horror, no fear.Why doesn't the demon make an appearance to ensure his contract is completed?If you need a lesson in how to write magic well, check out Harry Potter.Instead, I get a whiny crybaby 'heroine' who needs a man to feel fulfilled and to live her life.Let's not forget the STOOPID meaningless silly love story between Juliet and the person she's truly meant to be with. Her administrator.Barf. Did I step into an episode of a show on the CW?Wait, I almost forgot.There is a ton of name brand dropping and details on the fancy schmancy clothes Juliet wears.Do I care that she's wearing an Alexander McQueen gown because she's tight with his crew?Uh...no. Can we get back to the story? Well, maybe I shouldn't.Okay, now you're asking, did I like anything about A Witch in Time? Actually, I did. I liked the idea of an administrator to oversee the curse, the fact that the curse was botched because Juliet's mother is a nincompoop and the revelation of Juliet's true parentage, but then the author put the kibosh on that by making Juliet totally magic-less.She has a grimoire, but no magical abilities.She spends 90% of her life reliving her past lives. Yawn.This premise had huge potential to be scary, macabre, magical, romantic and out of this world.But, an extremely weak protagonist and a plot too focused on romance and love couldn't hold it together.There's nothing wrong with love and romance, but make it sincere and believable. I couldn't accept Juliet and Auguste were 'in love' and an even more difficult time accepting Juliet's mother would attempt something so dangerous to 'protect' her child but then, I'm not a mother. Parents do anything for their child, am I right?I wavered between one or two stars and I just couldn't give it two because there were more things I disliked than liked in A Witch in Time. Read at your own risk.
    more
  • Hester Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Deborah Harkness will devour this page-turning tale of love, reincarnation, and dark magic. A highly unique and enjoyable read!
  • Alma Katsu
    January 1, 1970
    For fans of A Discovery of Witches, Outlander, and (dare I say it?) The Taker, A Witch in Time is a story of star-crossed love across the centuries. Dazzling and romantic.
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: A Witch in TimeSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Constance SayersRelease date: February 11, 2020Cliffhanger: NoGenre: fantasy, historical fiction"Our illusions are powerful things we cling to."I used to be cautious when trying out new authors. The unfamiliarity of their writing, not knowing how well you will mesh with their personal style, and the worry that the quality may not be up to par were things that went through my head. But in the last couple of years, I've found that some of my Title: A Witch in TimeSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Constance SayersRelease date: February 11, 2020Cliffhanger: NoGenre: fantasy, historical fiction"Our illusions are powerful things we cling to."I used to be cautious when trying out new authors. The unfamiliarity of their writing, not knowing how well you will mesh with their personal style, and the worry that the quality may not be up to par were things that went through my head. But in the last couple of years, I've found that some of my favorite reads have come from debut authors' first published books. Once again, with A Witch in Time I've been astonished by the quality of a new author on the scene, and her ability to tell a captivating, thoroughly original tale. It's easy to feel like you're stuck in a rut reading the same tropes and themes with slight variations, and boredom sets in. One thing I can guarantee is that you have never read anything like this, and once you fall into the rabbit hole of Helen's mysterious, cursed life, you will need to see where the twisted path untangles. Helen Lambert is a fragmented woman with an even more fragmented history. She just doesn't know it yet. It's current day Washington D.C. and she's recently divorced, ruminating over where things went wrong. It goes back much, much further than she could ever imagine. In the French countryside town of Challans in 1895. When she lived as an unsophisticated 16 year old named Juliet LaCompte, she set a chain of events in motion that would have unimaginable consequences. He had warned her that there was no going back and he had been correct. But had he known how badly they would all pay?You may think your family has skeletons in the closet, but they've got nothing on Juliet's. A selfish, foolish love affair with August Marchant quickly spirals into catastrophe. She's led into a dark magic ritual like a lamb to the slaughter. A deal was made with an ancient demon to punish her lover for eternity, but in doing so, Juliet is unintentionally bound to repeat her tragic life along with him. She's doomed to meet the same players and act out the ill-fated tragedy on this dark loop unless she can find a way to break free. There are three players: Juliet, Marchant, and Lucian. They are drawn to each other each and every time, and whereas the circumstances may change, the end point does not. Lucian is introduced in Helen's Paris flashbacks as Juliet's guardian or "benefactor." He takes care of her in Paris after her mother dies. How she came to live with him is shrouded in secrecy and confusion, and the more years she spends with him, the questions only multiply about who and possibly even what he is. Juliet is a stubborn and often impulsive girl, and and in my mind doesn't easily learn from her mistakes. She was definitely my least favorite version of Helen's lives. There were so many times I wanted to shake her for her foolishness. One thing I did enjoy about her was her gift for music. While living in the Paris apartment with Lucian, she masters the piano, and this talent was so deeply ingrained in her that it resurfaces in every lifetime. As her memories trickle back of Juliet, she's flooded with this piano mastery almost instantly. When she returns as Helen in the 1970s she's a college student who plays the keyboard in a band. When Marchant returns, he's always an artist of some sort, though in different mediums. I found it fascinating how the essence of who each person was manifested in different forms and shapes. With each reincarnation, Helen seems to be discovering her past and fate later in life. Giving her less time to try to come up with a solution. The time restraint is a complication, but one advantage she has is her unusual powers that grow in strength. I wondered if these would play a part in finally breaking the curse. You really see them come in play in her third and final past life as Sandra Keane. I don't want to give too much away, but boy does it lead to a macabre scene. It made me reevaluate Lucian and see him with fresh eyes, and not in a good way. A power that was originally miraculous and healing becomes disturbing to the extreme. This story was so detailed that it's layers had layers. There were many flashbacks and flash forwards, but it wasn't told in a confusing way. The past lives were told in chronological order and with each one you're given fresh information to help you put the full picture together, piece by piece. The clock ticks down as she races to jog her memories faster than she ever has before. I understood in a flash how tricky time can be. It’s unnatural to witness so much sweeping change brought on by time. People were meant to live in their small pockets of time with events proceeding in digestible intervals. To see so many lifetimes of progress unfurled before us is far too jarring-almost incomprehensible.Could there be a way out for these unfortunate souls? If I could change one thing, it would be the ending. Though I was satisfied by the ultimate resolution, I felt that it was rushed and a shade predictable for my taste. It felt a bit anticlimactic to have everything happen so quickly and just as expected from the implications earlier in the book. I genuinely thought there would be some sort of twist or wow factor to pull it all together, but I can't say I was disappointed with Helen's fate. If you're looking for a fantasy that's outside of the box, this could be the one for you. The characters were flawed but compelling. The plot was air-tight. I'm always searching for plot holes and there wasn't even a crack to be found. This is one of those stories that played out like a movie in my head. To have that kind of visualization from a book is rare and exceptionally valued by this reader. It's one I will remember with clarity for a long time to come. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
    more
  • C.
    January 1, 1970
    I received this e-arc from NetGalley and the author for an honest and unbiased review that is solely my own. The title and especially the cover are what caught my attention when I first saw this novel. The premise was icing on the cake. I want to preface by stating this is not like a young adult novel of curses, witches, demons and love. This isn’t even like Practical Magic level of witchery. This novel is a curse of revenge done by a lesser witch to “protect” her daughter but it backfires, I received this e-arc from NetGalley and the author for an honest and unbiased review that is solely my own. The title and especially the cover are what caught my attention when I first saw this novel. The premise was icing on the cake. I want to preface by stating this is not like a young adult novel of curses, witches, demons and love. This isn’t even like Practical Magic level of witchery. This novel is a curse of revenge done by a lesser witch to “protect” her daughter but it backfires, ensnaring her daughter, the lover and a demon in a continual loop of repetition over lifetimes. We come in to the daughter’s life at a stage where she might have the tools and possible powers to break the curse. Don’t expect pages of magical spells and witchery. This is more a story of love. Think 50 First Dates meets Groundhog Day. Reliving the many lives of Helen and seeing each one merge into the other was captivating. I was engrossed in the forbidden and downright underage love of Juliet and Marchant. Hating and loving aspects of each new Helen as they grew and came into knowledge of their Groundhog Day type existence for each era. I don’t want to mention too much of the characters because that will just give too much away. The author did a wonderful job of depicting each era and surrounding culture. She notes for the reader that historical and fictional incidents are woven throughout the story and edited to fit her tale. Though the story moves back and forth there was no confusion and it flows. I will say that there are some portions that seemed slightly rushed compared to reliving Juliet’s life but it doesn’t take too much away from the story. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a love story that crosses lifetimes. I also want to mention that there are incidents of rape, underage sex, physical abuse, drugs, overdose, forced abortion and demonic ritual.
    more
  • Iryna KL
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-galley of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 2.5 out of 5 starsA Witch in Time is a story of a young witch, an artist and a demon cursed to be reborn over and over again to live out a doomed love affair. Once I heard the words witch, artist and demon - I was so there! I was so excited about this book and the cover is gorgeous. Well this book was not what I expected. The characters were flat, one dimensional, the book jumped the shark I received an e-galley of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 2.5 out of 5 starsA Witch in Time is a story of a young witch, an artist and a demon cursed to be reborn over and over again to live out a doomed love affair. Once I heard the words witch, artist and demon - I was so there! I was so excited about this book and the cover is gorgeous. Well this book was not what I expected. The characters were flat, one dimensional, the book jumped the shark in 3rd reincarnation and the ending was predictable. My first problem with the book is the age gap between Merchant & Juliette. She’s 16 and he’s in his 30s with a wife and a kid on the way. Historically, I am aware that these things happened - but I honestly couldn’t get past the revulsion I felt when they had sex, or when he painted her nude. I don’t know but to me this is just pedophilia. They have a love affair, it happens in like 20 pages, like just happens, for purposes of the plot. It’s so unbelievable. My second problem is that this book is VERY rape happy - why? Just to show that Juliette has a hard life. Juliette is to marry a young man who is cruel and abusive to save her family. It’s very Tess of the d’Umbervilles - a young woman, trying to save her family gets raped by the richer man, then she is disgraced and discarded like trash. Not to mention that once Juliette leaves - her younger sister marries this awful piece of trash and gets abused by him. WHY?! I felt so awful for the sister! Why didn’t Juliette ever help her?! She was only obsessed with herself - that’s why. Which brings us to why I dislike Juliette. Then we have Juliette - a spoiled brat who never really grows up. The wold is just against her and she makes all of her own problems. And I understand, she’s still in her teens, but I just couldn’t care for her. Honestly, I couldn’t care for any of her reincarnations, like at all, and especially Hellen. WOW I have not disliked a character this much in a long time. She’s shallow, self-obsessed, self-important, and one dimensional. She only cares about what kind of designer she wears, what kind of party she attends/throws, who is present at this party, how it can benefit her, how her house looks - honestly she needs to be Instagram ready at all times. If I wanted to read about any of this - I’d pick up a Vogue, not a historical fiction book. And then Merchant (the artist) is just there to break her art and Luke (the demon) to pick up the pieces and put her back together. The magic and the demon take up maybe like 10 pages total of this book. Basically what drew me to the book in the first place was not there. And then there are descriptions like: “She turned to see a middle-aged woman with long hair and low breasts leaning against the doorway.” Why are her breasts mentioned in this? What’s the purpose of their description? I honestly don’t think this author likes women very much, what with all the rape, descriptions of saggy breasts and the misfortune that befalls them She likes them only if they’re wearing a 2013 Alexander McQueen gown at a gallery opening.There are parts of the book I did enjoy: the way the curse worked with the administrator (if it was done better), Juliette’s mother’s back story, traveling through time and seeing Paris in the 19th century.This could have been a great book, but instead it’s just a shallow piece of work that made me angry and depressed.
    more
  • Ginger Pollard
    January 1, 1970
    This is an enjoyable book about a young girl who is condemned by her mother to die at the age of 34, then to be reborn again. She lives four exciting lives. No spoilers! I liked it very much! Recommend!I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. Thank you, Netgalley!All opinions are my own.
    more
  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    A Witch In Time has all the elements that attract me to a book: witches, demons, past lives, reincarnation, and a cursed/doomed love. This book is about a human, a witch, and a demon stuck in a perpetual looped curse that three of them have to relive in multiple lifetimes. It all starts in 1895, when a Parisian painter, Auguste Marchant, seduces sixteen-years old Juliet. Juliet's mother, a minor witch, curses Auguste to eternal damnation, accidentally tying Juliet to Auguste's fate. Lucas is the A Witch In Time has all the elements that attract me to a book: witches, demons, past lives, reincarnation, and a cursed/doomed love. This book is about a human, a witch, and a demon stuck in a perpetual looped curse that three of them have to relive in multiple lifetimes. It all starts in 1895, when a Parisian painter, Auguste Marchant, seduces sixteen-years old Juliet. Juliet's mother, a minor witch, curses Auguste to eternal damnation, accidentally tying Juliet to Auguste's fate. Lucas is the demon who is chosen to be the so-called administer of terms of the curse and whose job is also to protect Juliet. Lucas falls in love with Juliet but is forced to witness Auguste and Juliet's doomed love affair time after time. I loved almost everything about this book, it's like it was tailor-made for me. The only thing that I wished to see more of is Lucas and Juliet's relationship, instead of Auguste and Juliet's doomed affair. A Witch in Time is one of the most unique love stories I've ever read. I definitely would recommend it to anyone who loves to read fantasy romance and books about witches, demons, and curses. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
    more
  • Alyce Caswell
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Helen has lived three lives before. Each time she has died on her 34th birthday. And now her birthday is only days away. Can she break the curse in this lifetime?A Witch in Time is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism - I guess the most similar title I can think of is Practical Magic (the book, not the movie). But I did at times find myself wishing there was a little more magic and a bit less realism - the title I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Helen has lived three lives before. Each time she has died on her 34th birthday. And now her birthday is only days away. Can she break the curse in this lifetime?A Witch in Time is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism - I guess the most similar title I can think of is Practical Magic (the book, not the movie). But I did at times find myself wishing there was a little more magic and a bit less realism - the title suggests that Helen's witchiness is more important than it is. So for me that was disappointing.The beginning of the novel is hard to get through, because Helen's first couple of incarnations aren't especially interesting and they (along with us readers) don't really learn anything important. But once we are introduced to Sandra and are actually given the necessary plot details, the book hits its stride and becomes engrossing. I'm glad I stuck with it, but I can see why other readers might give up before halfway.The book is saved by its ending, but let down by what precedes it.
    more
  • EP
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited about the premise of this book but was a little disappointed in its execution. Juliet's story is the main focus of the book, and she was the most annoying and not the most interesting out of the 4 reincarnations of the heroine. I would have liked to see more of Nora and Helen and less of Juliet and Sandra. Also, there was too much detail provided about too many inconsequential things. As a DC resident, I appreciated a couple of the mentions of DC haunts, but they (and other I was really excited about the premise of this book but was a little disappointed in its execution. Juliet's story is the main focus of the book, and she was the most annoying and not the most interesting out of the 4 reincarnations of the heroine. I would have liked to see more of Nora and Helen and less of Juliet and Sandra. Also, there was too much detail provided about too many inconsequential things. As a DC resident, I appreciated a couple of the mentions of DC haunts, but they (and other details, like clothing labels, food, etc) were too numerous and added nothing to the story. I also thought there were some plot gaps and inconsistencies in the mythology of how everything worked. And poor Luke! His life/lives sucked... and who didn't see his ending coming from a mile away?3 stars for originality.My thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC via netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
    more
  • Rianna
    January 1, 1970
    I simply do not like this, it felt to me like a cobbling of stories that I've read and if I'm going to read stories like that I'd rather read the original books.
  • The Library Lady
    January 1, 1970
    This was something I added to my tablet via Edelweiss, because it looked like the sort of brain candy I need at this time of the year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it--to the point of reading it in a single afternoon. It is well written, and you really get involved in the lives of the main character--and yes, that's "lives" plural and "character" singular.My one issue is the endless name/label dropping in Helen's parts of the story. I don't need to know all the brand This was something I added to my tablet via Edelweiss, because it looked like the sort of brain candy I need at this time of the year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it--to the point of reading it in a single afternoon. It is well written, and you really get involved in the lives of the main character--and yes, that's "lives" plural and "character" singular.My one issue is the endless name/label dropping in Helen's parts of the story. I don't need to know all the brand names of her clothes, and I'm familiar with the stores and restaurants she mentions as DC fixtures, but it just isn't needed, except perhaps for the author to show off HER knowledge of the area. Who cares?The blurb from the publisher compares this to several other books including A Secret History of Witches,(which I thought was an awful book), plus, inevitably, Outlander and A Discovery of Witches. It doesn't really resemble any of these, except superficially in terms of time travel. Oh, and the character of "Marie," reminds me of "Marthe" in the All Souls books (she becomes fond of TV soap operas), but since she's only a bit player, it's really not that ground shaking.No, what this truly reminds me of is one of my all time favorite TV series, the original (and only as far as I'm concerned) "Charmed." It lacks snark or humor, but the idea of a woman caught in a demonic plot has the ring of that show, and the ending twist, though expected, works well.If I could drop this to 3.75 for the brand nonsense, I would, but I can't, so I'll give it a 4 and thank the author for an enjoyable read.
    more
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/02/13/...I really enjoyed A Witch in Time, but I’ll say this right off the bat—it’s not going to be for everyone. First of all, if you’re looking for a “witchy” book, with magic and spells and all that jazz, well…this is not going to be it. What we have here is more like a love story, and it’s a strange one at that. Delving into the concept of past lives and predetermined fate, this novel follows three characters and their various 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/02/13/...I really enjoyed A Witch in Time, but I’ll say this right off the bat—it’s not going to be for everyone. First of all, if you’re looking for a “witchy” book, with magic and spells and all that jazz, well…this is not going to be it. What we have here is more like a love story, and it’s a strange one at that. Delving into the concept of past lives and predetermined fate, this novel follows three characters and their various incarnations going back for more than a hundred years.But we first begin the story in the present with Helen, an ambitious journalist working the political circuit in Washington DC. Having recently divorced Roger, a man she’d thought would be her soulmate, Helen is finally feeling up to seeing other people again and is about to sit down to a blind date with Luke Varner. However, she senses a strange familiarity when she really looks at Luke, even though she’s almost certain they’ve never met before. But Luke informs her that, in fact, they are very well acquainted—not in this life, perhaps, but in the past, when she was a different person.Helen leaves the date convinced that everything Luke told her was nonsense, but that night, she has a series of vivid dreams in which she is Juliet LaCompte, a sixteen-year-old French farm girl in 1895. At the time, Juliet was involved in an affair with Parisian painter Auguste Marchant, with whom she was madly in love. Unfortunately, he did not feel the same way and left her broken-hearted and with child. Juliet’s mother, a hedge witch who dabbled in the dark arts, invoked a curse on Marchant, but inadvertently ended up binding her daughter to the spell as well. A demonic servant, Luke—who was known then as Lucian Varnier—was then roped in as the administrator of the dark pact, and thus the three of them were forever bound. Juliet and Marchant are cursed to reincarnate again and again, and in each life they will fall in love, only to have that love eventually fail spectacularly, with no exception. An immortal, Luke must find each iteration of Juliet to help her remember the events that started it all, and hope that one day they will manage to break this vicious cycle.As the story progresses, Helen eventually recalls two more past lives, one as Nora Wheeler, a 19-year-old aspiring actress from the 1930s who had moved from New York City to Hollywood in order to become a star. The next is Sandra Keane, a young Los Angeles musician in the 70s who traveled with her band to a remote studio in New Mexico to record their first album. In both lives, the women fell in love with men who were incarnations of Marchant. And both times, Luke was there to see her through the disastrous results. Because Juliet was the daughter of a witch, she had the magic that enabled her to remember the past lives, but the curse also meant that she always died young. Her incarnations never lived past thirty-four, as that was the age Juliet’s mother died when she made her deal with a demon.So, essentially what we’re getting are four stories in A Witch in Time, each featuring different settings and characters, but they are all trapped in the same pattern cursed to repeat forever. It’s a bizarre structure, but somehow it worked. With each remembered past life, the details are wildly different—and Juliet/Nora/Sandra/Helen all have their own unique personalities, even if they do represent the same person. In fact, this point plays a key role in the novel, as Luke struggles with his feelings for the different versions of Juliet, watching someone he cares for very much die and live again, not knowing what the next cycle will bring. He’s perhaps the most sympathetic character in the book, because he’s the one constant who remembers everything from the past hundred and twenty-five odd years or so. While Helen’s character development feels disjointed because it is punctuated by all her dreams and memories of her past lives, we can track Luke’s motivations through history as he makes mistakes, learns from them, and tries to be a better guardian each time.There’s also a strong thread of romance here, which I suppose culminates into a love story at the end, but it would still be extremely tough to categorize this book. So often I found myself wanting to immerse myself in its storm of emotions, but at the same time, the novel’s very premise presented a barrier to that. After all, if the characters are always fated to end up in the same position in each life, are the feelings they have truly genuine then?Yes, it’s a messy situation, which results in a somewhat messy novel. That said, I don’t know if searching for a “point” behind it is the way to go. I personally kicked back and simply allowed the story to take me where it wanted to go, and I enjoyed myself immensely because of it. The stories of Helen’s past lives built upon each other, and with each dream she had, more was revealed. And as I said, each life she lived had its surprising plot twists and interesting developments. As its title suggests, this book was a romp through time, and it was pure delight to visit the different historical eras. What’s more, as we make our way towards the end, the suspense builds as we wonder if Helen will remember everything in time before her predestined death, and whether or not she will have what it takes to break the curse once and for all.Bottom line, I thought A Witch in Time was refreshingly different—a somewhat unusual but interesting read. I had a good time, which surprised me, since I’m not normally one for stories that are made up of smaller parts stitched together, which pretty much describes this one. I won’t deny there were some missteps, a few details here and there that didn’t hold water, but I suppose that’s typically a consequence when dealing with books like this. It’s not one I would recommend to everyone, but I do urge you to give it a try if the synopsis grabs your attention. At the end of the day, I enjoyed myself, and that’s all that matters.
    more
  • Sabreena - Books and Prosecco
    January 1, 1970
    Stars: 2.5 Disclaimer: The amazing humans at Hachette Book Group Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of A Witch in Time in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.A Witch in Time follows Helen aka Sandra aka Nora aka Juliet. The same woman, reincarnated over and over for more than a century. We meet her when she is Helen Lambert in 2012 and is beginning to remember her past lives. She learns about what happened in her first life and the curse that has Stars: 2.5 ⭐️⭐️✨Disclaimer: The amazing humans at Hachette Book Group Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of A Witch in Time in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.A Witch in Time follows Helen aka Sandra aka Nora aka Juliet. The same woman, reincarnated over and over for more than a century. We meet her when she is Helen Lambert in 2012 and is beginning to remember her past lives. She learns about what happened in her first life and the curse that has trapped her in a cycle of living the same life – with the same men – over and over.Will this time be different? Will she be able to break the curse? And what about her husband, Roger – or is he someone else? – and the mysterious Luke Varner? “I hate this moment. I go about thirty years hating this moment, and then you call me and we do this all over again.”“I’m sorry… I call you?”“The first time was 1895 in France… Then there was Los Angeles in 1935. Last time was Taos in 1970.” I’ll be honest, there was a lot I did not love about this book, and yet, I could not stop reading it AND I would be first in line to see this movie (if it were to become one).First of all, I was not really invested in any of the characters. This is a completely plot-driven book, but at some point, you should feel something for the main characters. I did not.There were several times when something happens that seemed like it was meant to draw an emotional response from the reader, and yet, I simply moved on.Much of the book is about Helen remembering her life as Juliet, since Juliet was the first “version” of them. I’ve seen reviews where people have said that Juliet was annoying, but… she’s a young teenager? Aren’t pretty much all teenagers a little bit annoying?? They’re still learning about themselves and the world.I wasn’t bothered by Juliet’s behaviour, especially since it was the adults that failed her. The relationship between Juliet and Marchant was disgusting, and that’s all I will say about that (check the TW/CW at the bottom). But while I wasn’t bothered by her behaviour, I also didn’t really feel invested in her as a character.Same goes for the rest of the versions of her. None of them really made me feel like I should care about them. Though I do imagine it would be frustrating to learn that you have been following the same bad habits that you had in your previous lives…I will say, Luke Varner did make me feel something – revulsion? Disgust? He is NOT a good guy. Now, there’s a reason for that, which I won’t spoil, but he also doesn’t do that part very well. He’s just… there. And much of the time, he behaves like a jealous teenage boyfriend – except, with the lengths he goes to at one point, I’d have run away so fast even The Flash wouldn’t be able to catch me.While the title – A Witch in Time – makes it seem like there might be a lot of, well, witchcraft, there really isn’t. There’s definitely mentions of it, but it didn’t really feel like that was the focus of the story. The focus is Juliet and what she went through and how that affects Nora and Sandra and Helen. It’s about the men that each of them finds and how he connects to her story.It’s also a bit about the romance that develops between two characters, though, it was lack luster for me. It may be enough for you though, so take my opinion with a grain of salt!If you’re picking this up for the “witchiness” though, you might be a little disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong, there is a ritual and a curse and some blood magic even, I just did not feel like those moments stood out. They propelled the story forward. They were not the point of the story.The writing style was fine for me, but in the arc version of the book, it was a little difficult at times to discern when something was a flashback or not. I really hope that is made more clear in the final book (I didn’t let this affect my rating though, as I know formatting/spelling/etc. are not necessarily fixed before sending arcs out).There were times when information was just dumped on us and it didn’t really flow well with the story, but I sort of just accepted this and moved on because I wanted to know if Helen would be able to break the curse or not – no spoilers, of course, but I was slightly disappointed with the ending… “As I suspected. It is a binding curse. But not a normal one. It was poorly constructed…rushed…angry. No witch should bind so angrily.” Like I mentioned above, I really think this would make an excellent movie. The story is unique and creative, and there’s so much that would look amazing on the big screen. Fingers crossed Sayers gets a movie deal!Based on the above review, you might be thinking that I hated this book, but I assure you, I did not. Yes, I had some issues with it, but I really enjoyed the story and I definitely still recommend the book!TW/CW: pedophilia; rape/sexual assault; graphic ritualistic scene that concludes with a pregnancy being terminated without the person’s prior knowledge; drug use/over dose; domestic abuse; suicide; death; murder.Thanks again to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me A Witch in Time to read and review!Note: All quotes above were taken from an advance reader’s edition of the book and are subject to change in the final release.
    more
  • Cassidee Lanstra
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley, Redhook Books, and Constance Sayers for the opportunity to review A Witch in Time by providing me with an uncorrected proof. 4 stars from me! Helen has lived many lives... she just doesn't know it yet. Newly divorced and reeling from the heartbreak of betrayal by her husband Roger, she starts dating. This is how she meets Luke, a stranger who is somehow utterly familiar to her. With his help, she begins piecing together her past lives. See, Helen has been cursed by her Thanks to Netgalley, Redhook Books, and Constance Sayers for the opportunity to review A Witch in Time by providing me with an uncorrected proof. 4 stars from me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Helen has lived many lives... she just doesn't know it yet. Newly divorced and reeling from the heartbreak of betrayal by her husband Roger, she starts dating. This is how she meets Luke, a stranger who is somehow utterly familiar to her. With his help, she begins piecing together her past lives. See, Helen has been cursed by her mother, of all people, to live out many lives, during which she relives a doomed relationship with Roger. During each of these lives, Luke appears to help her regain her memories and heal from the heartbreak... until her untimely death by age 34. Helen discovers that she began as Juliet, a muse to an artist named Marchant, who was a bit older than her. Her mother accidentally set her curse in motion when she became pregnant by him. Her life continues on as Nora, Sandra, and eventually, to Helen. In each of these lives, she deals with heartbreak at the hands of her lover and only then is shown her curse through the help of Luke, who is tasked with holding her to her punishment for eternity. She discovers a lot about her heritage and the reasoning behind her mother's actions. Her mother was a minor witch, able to do a little bit of magic-work here and there, and she slowly realizes that she has magic in her veins, as well. Man, I've had some Netgalley misses lately and this one REALLY made up for it. For those looking for an intricate magic system, don't look here. The magic in this was so subtle and lightly interjected into the plot. For the most part, our characters are seemingly normal people who got where they are by extraordinary circumstances... which just happen to involve magic. I liked that. I wasn't looking for a fantasy read, when I read this synopsis. I'm not sure WHAT I was expecting, maybe more of a historical fiction? It kind of defies most of the tags you would normally try to tag it as. It has romance and is definitely focused on multiple love stories, but it's not a steamy, breathless, bodice-ripping novel. It has magic, demons, witches... but it's not saturated with it. It's different from most things I've read and that really helped me race through this book.Helen revisits all of her old lives through visions that start coming to her after her heartbreak. This could have gotten really stale if the author made us replay the same story over and over, but thankfully, each life was evolved from the last. Helen and Roger's past lives were always THEM, but different. Her heartbreak was always different, their lifestyles were always different, the way they reacted to their situation was always different, the way they die is always different, sometimes their sexual orientation was even different. They kept characteristics true to themselves though; he's always involved with art of some form, she always discovers an affinity for the piano, they both love each other to some degree despite the heartbreak. Throughout all of this, Luke helps Helen through all of her lives. Sometimes he makes things worse. Sometimes he helps her completely work through what Roger has done to her. Sometimes she hates Luke for the things he has done to help her. It was all kept very fresh and thus, was an extremely easy and enjoyable read. With each life we learned more about the backstory of how Juliet's mother could have possibly cursed her daughter this way. We learn about why Luke is in charge of holding Helen to her curse. Many things that seemed like plot holes in the beginning, tidied themselves up by the end. There were times that the writing of minor characters seemed a bit immature or undeveloped, but not often enough to discourage me from continuing. This never seemed much of an issue with the main characters, either. There are controversial themes: underage sexual relationships, forced child loss, rape. There are demons, witches, etc. Providing this as a trigger warning to anyone who prefers reads without this type of content. A Witch in Time will be available in February of 2020 for you to pick up. Well done, Constance Sayers.
    more
  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Goodreads for this giveaway win! Here is my honest review:“A young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist, in this haunting debut novel.”A Witch in Time (ebook) by Constance Sayers was my first Goodreads Giveaways win! Neither the title nor the cover appealed to me but the synopsis did.There’s something special about this book. The reviews so far are very mixed, and due to some of those very critical reviews, I Thank you Goodreads for this giveaway win! Here is my honest review:“A young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist, in this haunting debut novel.”A Witch in Time (ebook) by Constance Sayers was my first Goodreads Giveaways win! Neither the title nor the cover appealed to me but the synopsis did.There’s something special about this book. The reviews so far are very mixed, and due to some of those very critical reviews, I feel compelled to write a full review since I don't often give the time to do so. This book deserves it. No book will appeal to everyone and having expectations for a book that aren’t fulfilled causes an automatic negative bias. So let me explain what this book is and isn’t:This book isn’t a Young Adult Fantasy story. It’s a serious, dark, romantic, historical fiction story with a bit of fantasy. The magic and witchcraft are incidental, the characters are the focus (hence my dislike of the title). The magic and the curse are like the butter used to saute mirepoix--you’ve got have that oil but it’s the veggies that will make the dish. If you very rarely like magic or witchcraft stories, then this could be for you. If you’re looking for something more like Practical Magic or Sarah J Maas and don’t care to read simply for the incredible experiment in character development, then move on.But even the romance takes a backseat to the characters’ growth. As I got further into the book, I found myself anxious for a book club or even being back in a high school class to discuss the symbolism, character development, scene building, and narrative flow.I expected a quick, flat story with multiple versions of the same thing, same heroine, but what Sayers has done in creating these different timelines is truly art. Each version of our heroine is the same yet distinct. Each life is unique yet connected. Each setting is immersive, complete, and intriguing. She clearly did research for each historical time, place, and careers the main characters have. Getting to the end, the symbolism deepened and the foreshadowing drew together to reveal the final masterpiece. Nothing was rushed. It’s a good long book. Sayers took her time to build everything necessary, yet neither was anything too drawn out. It’s a complete story that was easy to follow from the beginning and ended peacefully and somewhat predictably. Her writing is clear, descriptive, and mature. The changing narratives were never confusing. I don’t use or like profanity, yet I couldn’t help but feel every profane word was well used (a very rare judgment from me, I assure you). The intimate scenes are light-handed though there are a few scenes of abuse, rape, and a forced abortion that were hard to read. This is a 5 star read for me due the excellence in the writing, the maturity of the story, the pleasure of reading, and the fact that I cannot stop thinking about it. The heroine's voice is in my head, her deep feelings for music and art are influencing my own tastes. I want to visit Taos, New Mexico so bad! I crave an omelet with potatoes and toast. I recommend reading this book with an open mind. Don't go looking for steamy scenes or dreamy magic. Read it and take it for what it is, and you may just see the genius the writing itself.SPOILERS AHEAD!Sayers did something very interesting by writing a character who grows not just infancy through adulthood but also through multiple lives--taking a deeply flawed, naive Juliet with major daddy issues and ending with a wise Helen who loves enough to forgive and let go; a girl who commits suicide because of love lost all the way to a woman who fights for life through great sacrifice for those she loves.
    more
  • Lisa Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    A Witch in Time is a haunting story of doomed, enduring love. It’s mesmerizing and otherworldly, yet also very much grounded in the here and now.As the story opens, we meet Helen Lambert, a successful media professional in her mid-30s, recently divorced from a mover and shaker in the museum world, cautiously stepping back into the dating world. But the man she’s set up with on a blind date is both strange and familiar. There’s something about Luke Varner that resonates with Helen. He implies A Witch in Time is a haunting story of doomed, enduring love. It’s mesmerizing and otherworldly, yet also very much grounded in the here and now.As the story opens, we meet Helen Lambert, a successful media professional in her mid-30s, recently divorced from a mover and shaker in the museum world, cautiously stepping back into the dating world. But the man she’s set up with on a blind date is both strange and familiar. There’s something about Luke Varner that resonates with Helen. He implies that they’ve met before — in fact, that they share a history. Strangest of all, he takes her to a gallery in her ex’s museum and shows her a 19th century painting of a young girl who looks startlingly similar to Helen.Helen begins to have vivid dreams of another life, in which she appears as young Juliet LaCompte, a French farm girl in love with the suave painter who lives next door. For Helen, it’s as if she’s living these moments, not just dreaming them. And when she wakes up, she knows that what she’s experienced is true.As the days and weeks go by, Helen’s connection to Luke is revealed and her entanglement with Juliet and other women across time slowly comes to light through her vivid dreams. As Helen discovers, she, Luke and the artist Juliet once loved are doomed to repeat their patterns time and time again, for eternity — living out a curse placed in anger by an inexperienced witch, condemning them all to a hopeless cycle.Oh, this book is captivating! I fell in love with the strange lives revealed to Helen through her dreams — 1890s Paris, 1930s Hollywood, 1970s Taos. In each, Helen (or Juliet) takes on a slightly different life, but there are elements that are consistent from lifetime to lifetime. And through these varied lives, Luke remains a constant, there to protect Helen and her predecessors over and over again… but also to love them.The mood of the book is lush and dreamy. So much happens, and it takes a leap of faith to just go with the story and allow it to unfold at its own pace. And trust me, it’s worth it! The author gives us historical set-pieces that are atmospheric and convey the feel of the their different periods so well. She also manages to connect the dots between Juliet/Helen’s different personas, so that even though we meet four very different women (and their four very different love obsessions), the common threads are very visible as well.Despite being over 400 pages in length, A Witch in Time goes by very quickly. I simply couldn’t put it down, and didn’t want to! I was very caught up in the story of recurring love and recurring tragedy, and felt incredibly breathless waiting for each new life’s particular patterns to unfold.Absolutely a must-read! Don’t miss this one.
    more
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a copy of this via the publisher in exchange for an honest review**In France, 1895, sixteen-year old Juliet LaCompte is a naive farm girl who falls into a passionate, but dangerous, love affair with a married local painter, Auguste Marchant. After getting with child, Juliet's mother--a minor witch-- attempts to curse Marchant for what he's done to her daughter, but unknowingly summons a powerful demon, and binds it to Marchant and Juliet for all eternity. Now, Juliet is doomed to **I received a copy of this via the publisher in exchange for an honest review**In France, 1895, sixteen-year old Juliet LaCompte is a naive farm girl who falls into a passionate, but dangerous, love affair with a married local painter, Auguste Marchant. After getting with child, Juliet's mother--a minor witch-- attempts to curse Marchant for what he's done to her daughter, but unknowingly summons a powerful demon, and binds it to Marchant and Juliet for all eternity. Now, Juliet is doomed to repeat her affair and die tragically young lifetime after lifetime as these star-crossed lovers are reincarnated time and again.Each lifetime Juliet comes back different; different name, different age, different career, etc. The only constant in these lives are falling for Marchant, in whatever form he takes, and the demon himself, who always appears to Juliet as some mysterious, handsome benefactor just when she needs him most. The demon, Luke Varnier, also just so happens to have been in love with Juliet ever since her first lifetime, but she forgets him every time she dies. In all her lifetimes, he has to help remind her of their feelings for one another before it's too late. Each new rebirth seems to unlock powers within Juliet, such as mind control and healing. Now, on her fourth lifetime, this time as Helen Lambert, she's the most powerful version of herself yet. And it'll take all of her power to find a way to break the cycle before her time runs out.I really enjoyed this. It was such a lush, sweeping love story throughout time. The different versions of Juliet were all fascinating to read about. I especially loved Nora's story as a Hollywood actress in the 1930s, but funnily enough, hated Juliet's. I found her a bit annoying and childish. I enjoyed how you discover it's not really a love story between Juliet and Marchant, but rather her and Luke. I liked them together, even though they could be a tad frustrating at times. I did think it was weird and not very believable that Helen's friend Mickey, who sort of went along on this journey of self-discovery with her, didn't even bat an eye at finding out his best friend is a witch who's cursed in a time loop. There were other small things like that that felt too unrealistic to me, but other than that, I liked this and would recommend if you're looking for a fantasical historical fiction read.
    more
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    A Witch in Time earns 5/5 Mysterious Lifetimes...Entertaining Epic! Helen Lambert is the reincarnation of Juliet, Nora, and Sandra; each lifetime set in a different city, a different time, a different lifestyle with different trials and tragedies. The drama begins in Washington, D.C., 2012. Helen Lambert, through vivid dreams, begins to unravel the mystery of her past, her distant past, her connection to three women, and the tragic end her own life is destined to repeat. She learns of young A Witch in Time earns 5/5 Mysterious Lifetimes...Entertaining Epic! Helen Lambert is the reincarnation of Juliet, Nora, and Sandra; each lifetime set in a different city, a different time, a different lifestyle with different trials and tragedies. The drama begins in Washington, D.C., 2012. Helen Lambert, through vivid dreams, begins to unravel the mystery of her past, her distant past, her connection to three women, and the tragic end her own life is destined to repeat. She learns of young Juliet LaCompte in 1895, Paris, whose mother used drastic measures to protect and free her young daughter from a tragic affair. It backfires. The curse she cast to rid Juliet of the older Marchant instead fuses her daughter to the artist and to the demon she inadvertently summoned. The trio are destined to relive their tragic connection in the subsequent incarnations ending, unfortunately, in the young woman’s death at her thirty-fourth birthday. Memories disappear each time leaving each woman at the mercy of fate. For Helen, she learns of Juliet, then Nora Wheeler of 1932, and Sandra Keane of 1970, all lives ending tragically. However, Helen is determined to uncover the mystery, as she is also coming into her powers, and hopefully making it past her birthday.Constance Sayers has penned an engaging epic that crosses space and time, but the idea of magic or witches, even demons, was not a driving force. Descriptive language and dialogue set an intriguing premise using a first-person narrative with present-day Helen as the main character, then the perspective switches to a third-person for the stories involving the incarnations. It is easy to follow like flashbacks. Sayers’s writing style is engaging with tone changing for each era filled with google-worthy historical references and cultural issues. Beware...there are some very adult situations I felt were a bit more gratuitous than necessary to drive the drama or for character development. The journey is compelling and characters well-developed with different personalities from naive to introspective. The final resolution to Helen’s predicament was not a complete surprise, but seemed the only way to conclude...sacrifice always seems to be key to breaking any conflict or curse. But, it does end with a smile. Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.
    more
  • Libriamo3116
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Redhook, Hachette Book Group and Netgalley for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.A young girl falls into forbidden love, and is cursed for it, cursed by her own mother to repeat a doomed life over and over again, only to die when she turns 34. Only the curse was an accident, a mistake. The curse was meant for him, the artist who she fell in love with. Now, haunted by a demon, Helen, formerly Sandra and Nora and Juliet, must unravel the meaning and Thank you Redhook, Hachette Book Group and Netgalley for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.A young girl falls into forbidden love, and is cursed for it, cursed by her own mother to repeat a doomed life over and over again, only to die when she turns 34. Only the curse was an accident, a mistake. The curse was meant for him, the artist who she fell in love with. Now, haunted by a demon, Helen, formerly Sandra and Nora and Juliet, must unravel the meaning and mystery of her fate before it swallows her up again and spits her back out as somebody new, unable to break free from this cyclical doom.A Witch In Time weaves fact and fiction together to tell us the story of the same woman, and also different women, spanning three different centuries and many distinct eras and places. The concept of reincarnation as a curse is fascinating and used to great effect as each woman discovers something new about her past self as the original Juliet, a young girl who just happened to be the daughter of a vengeful small town witch. I enjoyed this unique approach to both magic and existence in time, as neither aspect was over-utilized, and these women were allowed to be who they uniquely were in their own time, and also recognizably the same as they marched toward their inevitable demise. With any luck, or maybe some magic, Helen can escape this unforgiving curse and, perhaps, find the love she always longed for. To find out for yourself, you'll have to follow (and read!) A Witch In Time, but be warned that the demon this curse unleashed won't be banished lightly.
    more
  • Doris Vandruff
    January 1, 1970
    Helen and Robert are heading for divorce. She almost always knew it would happen. Maybe they tried too hard to have a child. Anyway, he has a new woman in his life.Helen has started having peculiar dreams. In her dreams she is different women. Juliet was her her first dream. Juliet is 15. She is to be married to the landowner's son. Her favorite thing is when their neighbor an acclaimed painter comes to his house in the summer. He gets her mother's permission to paint Juliet. That last summer Helen and Robert are heading for divorce. She almost always knew it would happen. Maybe they tried too hard to have a child. Anyway, he has a new woman in his life.Helen has started having peculiar dreams. In her dreams she is different women. Juliet was her her first dream. Juliet is 15. She is to be married to the landowner's son. Her favorite thing is when their neighbor an acclaimed painter comes to his house in the summer. He gets her mother's permission to paint Juliet. That last summer their relationship goes much farther. When her mother finds out she is beyond angry. Juliet knew her mother was a healer. She didn't know she was a witch. She puts a curse on the painter to never be with Juliet. Since the mother doesn't really know how to cast spells. The curse ends up binding the painter and Juliet forever. When Juliet dies she comes back as Nora, when Nora dies she comes back as Sandra. Now she is Helen.Through all her lives there has been one constant Luke. He has always been there to rescue her and help her into her next life.Helen realizes that to break the curse she must kill Luke. She must hurry, her 34th Birthday is coming soon.Intriguing, in your face story! Titillating, exciting! You can't imagine what will happen on the next page!
    more
  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    Witches, demons, curses, romance, time travel, and period settings, there's not much to dislike in this time spanning novel from Constance Sayers. I appreciated the author giving detailed color for the time periods and the settings of the novel, from rural France to Paris, to Washington D.C., to Los Angeles, etc. I like to visit places in my reading. I could recognize LA and DC in this book. The romance was poignant at times, and one was rooting for the female protagonist. The ending was Witches, demons, curses, romance, time travel, and period settings, there's not much to dislike in this time spanning novel from Constance Sayers. I appreciated the author giving detailed color for the time periods and the settings of the novel, from rural France to Paris, to Washington D.C., to Los Angeles, etc. I like to visit places in my reading. I could recognize LA and DC in this book. The romance was poignant at times, and one was rooting for the female protagonist. The ending was satisfying, and left a bit of mystery in the end, perhaps a hint at a future continuation. The demon or his agent, was relatable and attractive. What did I dislike? The action recurs through several lifetimes and that has a hint of repetition to it by the third or fourth iteration, in spite of the characters reincarnating to different people and locations. You kind of hate to leave the characters you know to start again with a new set. However, the present day character who was working to break the curse added the continuity to tie the action through the eons together. This certainly is recommended for those that love romance, time travel, witches and demons.
    more
  • Sarrah Van
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book until about 3/4ths of the way through. I loved the imagery of France and the description of the art. The author does a great job of showing you exactly what she wants you to see. The trouble with books that discuss multiple characters separately is that you run the risk of the reader hating one of the characters. I enjoyed Juliet's story, and I enjoyed Nora's. Sandra's story was so long and so descriptive, I found myself jumping over the long blocks of text just to get I really loved this book until about 3/4ths of the way through. I loved the imagery of France and the description of the art. The author does a great job of showing you exactly what she wants you to see. The trouble with books that discuss multiple characters separately is that you run the risk of the reader hating one of the characters. I enjoyed Juliet's story, and I enjoyed Nora's. Sandra's story was so long and so descriptive, I found myself jumping over the long blocks of text just to get to the dialogue. Sandra's sections were so incredibly long, while Helen's were so short. I know why, but I hated it, considering we were getting to the denouement. I felt like Helen's struggle for independence was just not something that actually mattered. The ending seemed a little lackluster for me. If Helen was supposed to be this amazingly powerful witch, why couldn't she break the spell in another way? The author underplayed the witchiness factor, which was somewhat disappointing.I would still reccomend this book to someone who likes a good star-crossed lover's story.
    more
  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Helen Lambert meets a strange man who claims that he has been her guardian since the late 1800's. Helen immediately assumes he is crazy, but he begins to convince her that he is telling the truth. Then she begins having vivid dreams. Dreams in which she was Juliet in 1890 living in Paris. Then she was Nora, a 1930's Hollywood actress. Then Sandra who plays with a rock band in the 70's in L.A. According to Luke, she is trapped in a binding curse that her mother performed. Unless she can find a Helen Lambert meets a strange man who claims that he has been her guardian since the late 1800's. Helen immediately assumes he is crazy, but he begins to convince her that he is telling the truth. Then she begins having vivid dreams. Dreams in which she was Juliet in 1890 living in Paris. Then she was Nora, a 1930's Hollywood actress. Then Sandra who plays with a rock band in the 70's in L.A. According to Luke, she is trapped in a binding curse that her mother performed. Unless she can find a way to break the curse, she only has a couple of weeks left to live before she is killed and the cycle begins all over again.I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was a bit of a mind-bender trying to keep all of the different versions of Helen, Luke, and the man that Helen was bound to straight. I thought it would be more supernatural, but it was a little darker demons and contracts with the devil kind of thing instead. Overall, I thought it was a really good story.
    more
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of “A Witch in Time” by Constance Sayers. Thoughts and opinions are my own.The premise for this book sounded really interesting, but I don’t feel like I got to read that book? Instead I read a story of a woman remembering different reincarnations of herself. Any witchy magic parts were largely shoved into the background in what was more like a mashup of different historical fiction books throughout the past lives.There was so Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of “A Witch in Time” by Constance Sayers. Thoughts and opinions are my own.The premise for this book sounded really interesting, but I don’t feel like I got to read that book? Instead I read a story of a woman remembering different reincarnations of herself. Any witchy magic parts were largely shoved into the background in what was more like a mashup of different historical fiction books throughout the past lives.There was so much info dumping that I skimmed large sections and didn’t miss anything about the plot. The past lives were more interesting than the present, but by the third past life I was just ready for the story to be over. I would not label this a romance at all. This was just not what I expected and it was not the book for me. I would also like to add trigger warnings as follows: rape, pedophilia, grooming, physical abuse/domestic violence, miscarriage, sterility as a curse.2/5 stars
    more
  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a huge fan of books with a supernatural theme and this one was done wonderfully. I really enjoyed the way the author intertwine the use of the various characters going back and forth Through Time with the main character and her various past lives. It worked very well for the plot and the character development was excellent. The main character, is bound to a demon for her entire life by a mother that was trying to save her back in the 19th century. Without going into too much detail we find I'm a huge fan of books with a supernatural theme and this one was done wonderfully. I really enjoyed the way the author intertwine the use of the various characters going back and forth Through Time with the main character and her various past lives. It worked very well for the plot and the character development was excellent. The main character, is bound to a demon for her entire life by a mother that was trying to save her back in the 19th century. Without going into too much detail we find that this demon comes to have feelings for the main character. I had a difficult time putting this book down and ended up completing it within 24 hours. I've already recommended reading it to four friends. I enjoyed the various locations and time periods of the past lives and just felt that the characters were excellently put together. Kudos to the author.I would like to thank the author/publisher/Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for fair and honest review.
    more
  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    A Witch In Time" was a fascinating read. Reminds me of the "Time Travelers Wife." I couldn't put this one down until the last page. I could not believe this was Constant Sayers debut novel! Loved it! Helen is on a blind date with Luke Varner after her divorce from Roger, an art collector. Luke is an odd character, but Helen feels he's somewhat familiar and doesn't know why. He claims they have met before. In fact, since the 1800's, he's been her guardian. Helen thinks he's crazy and leaves. "I A Witch In Time" was a fascinating read. Reminds me of the "Time Travelers Wife." I couldn't put this one down until the last page. I could not believe this was Constant Sayers debut novel! Loved it! ❤️Helen is on a blind date with Luke Varner after her divorce from Roger, an art collector. Luke is an odd character, but Helen feels he's somewhat familiar and doesn't know why. He claims they have met before. In fact, since the 1800's, he's been her guardian. Helen thinks he's crazy and leaves. "I hate this moment." He rubbed his legs, looking nervous." " I go about thirty years hating this moment and then you call me and we do this all over again." Helen starts having dreams. And these dreams are of her as different women. Juliet, Nora, Sandra- But through all her lives, the only constant is Luke. He's always been there to rescue her. It's a curse and she has to break the curse before her 34th birthday coming in a month. Will she have the power to break the curse?
    more
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC from Redhook publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a big fan of books such as Time Travler's Wife, and Outlander and I knew I was in for a real treat for A Witch in Time. Everything from the plot, characters and theme I really loved from this book and the plot twist that Juliet is bound to this demon for life from her mother that was trying to save her back in the 18th century and I I received this book as an ARC from Redhook publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a big fan of books such as Time Travler's Wife, and Outlander and I knew I was in for a real treat for A Witch in Time. Everything from the plot, characters and theme I really loved from this book and the plot twist that Juliet is bound to this demon for life from her mother that was trying to save her back in the 18th century and I also loved that this demon came back as a handsome bachelor rather than a demon but always had feelings of love for Juliet even when she was developing powers to steer away from him. I could not put this book down and loved every page of every chapter. I know our community will go crazy for this too.We will consider adding this title to our Fiction/Supernatural collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
    more
  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    “Witch books” are a hit and miss genre for me. Sometimes I’m in the mood, usually I am not. When this one landed on my doorstep as the next #wrc2020 read, this gorgeous cover cast a spell on me and immediately pulled me into it’s time traveling, curse casting tale. Juliet is condemned to die at the age of 34 by her mother after a dark spell is placed on her for a poor discussion. This looped curse takes Juliet through four lifetimes- the late 1800s, 30s, 70s, and now. Throughout each life there’ “Witch books” are a hit and miss genre for me. Sometimes I’m in the mood, usually I am not. When this one landed on my doorstep as the next #wrc2020 read, this gorgeous cover cast a spell on me and immediately pulled me into it’s time traveling, curse casting tale. Juliet is condemned to die at the age of 34 by her mother after a dark spell is placed on her for a poor discussion. This looped curse takes Juliet through four lifetimes- the late 1800s, 30s, 70s, and now. Throughout each life there’s an aire of mystery as she meets her administrator, and slowly discovers truths about herself and their relationship. I loved how the past and present timelines were set up, and the alternating perspective chapters were surprisingly easy to follow. If you’re in the mood for some magical realism and suspenseful mystery, this is definitely one you don’t want to ignore!
    more
Write a review