The witch’s kind: the life of women in the 40s

b1686d6b-543d-4840-a6d6-d4d6fe4994b3.jpgThe Witch’s kind by Louisa Morgan
Format: 
ARC provided by Hachette Book Group Canada 
Pages: 448
Top 3 Genres:
Historical fiction, Science-fiction, Magical Realism
My rating: 
Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hi guys!! For once, let’s talk adult fiction, shall we? With The Witch’s kind, we can dive into the life of Barrie Anne and her aunt Charlotte, two women trying to live their best life in post-war America. Two women with a little something special 😉

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar — two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.
But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne’s long-lost husband — who is not quite the man she thought she married.
Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves — and the child they think of as their own — from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family…

Life in the 40s

This book is not full of epic adventures, of plots and thrills… but it portrays so well the life (and the difficulties) of women in the 1940s: the war is over, after a time of independence when the men were fighting, women are expected to go back to their « place » in the house. Barrie Anne was a young adult at the beginning of the 40s, she went to school and was ready to go to the University but war happened… and love! And as a young woman in love, she decides to drop university (arg) and get married before her love goes to the war. A decision that will impact all her life, as soon Prince Charming is not as charming. Barrie Anne will have to face some questioning on what she can do as a woman, of what being a wife should and shouldn’t be, on how much she can forgive. I was not expecting it at first, but this book brings the topic of conjugal violence very well, especially in a historical context where people had a tendency to close their eyes to it. As someone who works in the domain, I really appreciated that it was so realistic to what a woman can feel, trapped with someone she both loves and hate.

This aside, I loved reading about life in the 40s: from the ice soda to the old cars, the outfit or baby care… the way life was in the tiniest things. It has this nostalgic feeling of post-war years, where people were enjoying life more, rationing was over and it was all new beginnings! I especially love the description of life on a farm: I know I would be TERRIBLE at it, but I love reading about it, planting a garden, living off what products you can sell to markets and all that. It’s always fascinating to me, and Barrie Anne is doing it so well!

What about the magic?

The magic was not the biggest element in this book, I was expecting more, but still, it was essential to the story! The Blythe women, like Barrie Anne and her aunt, have a little talent, something a bit witchy, but quite useful. But the magic in their life goes to the next level when they find a beautiful little baby girl and adopt her. Because this little girl is special too, very very special… I won’t spoil what it is, but we are also touching sci-fi there (and yes, there is a mention of Roswell in the book!). Nothing too big either, but significant nonetheless! And that will complicate a bit the life of the two Blythe women 😉 A little bit of magic there, a little bit here, and this story wins some extra depth and interest!

In a few words

Mixing a touch of magic to living in the 40s as a single woman, this book really took me by surprise! The feminist vibe, the life on a farm, and all the post-war context worked really well together and I truly enjoyed this book! Perfect Spring read!

See you for a cup,

Elise

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