Book Review

The Witch of the Meadows – Laurel Wanrow

Book Title: The Witch of the Meadows

Series: The Windborne (#1)

Author: Laurel Wanrow

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  3/27/18

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Star Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold starempty star–  Just lovely!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author, this did not affect my review.

I’m a city girl.  Born and bred. With absolutely no affinity for growing things. It’s the watering you see. I’m in Southern California, and green things are already at a disadvantage in a desert climate where it rarely rains.  I, being easily distractable, forget to water for just a short time and the poor plants are goners. That being said, I love a garden.  My daughter (just as distractable) and I are planning a little garden type area for our apartment patio, with a porch swing and shade. A place to sit and sip something cool after we’ve had a swim. But the plants though… they’re not going to last long … it would be tacky to put fake plants in a planter outside right?  *sigh*

I remember when I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett as a little girl. I was fascinated. I loved the idea of finding a beautiful garden and nurturing it; growing delicate flowers with my green thumb. This book by Ms. Wanrow gives me the same feeling.  After reading this book I want a garden, with lillies floating in a pond. I want a guinea pig to cuddle with (omg my cat would hate me!). As a matter of fact, I’ll take one of Ms. Wanrow’s handsome magical male inhabitants as an occasional companion too if you don’t mind. (ha!)

The Witch of the Meadows is organic, gentle, and light YA.  It’s a mildly fantasy based slice-of-life novel. After my recent read of R.A. Salvatore’s latest brutal book, this was a great palate cleanser.  The main character, Fern,  is a young woman who has lived her life in the normal world.  She has recently come into contact with the magical side of her extended family as well as with the community that is a part of her heritage. She is at a loss to understand how the people she comes from are tied to the earth, and the power they share with it. As a Native American, whose family moved away from our homeland and lost our ties to the culture generations ago, I can commiserate with the sense of lost magic and disconnection. Hers is a much more literal disconnection and much of the book focuses on her efforts to become useful to her people.

I’m a fan of Ms. Wanrow’s books, and I’m enjoying this series. Fern in particular reminds me a lot of a friend of mine. Tall, dark haired, she is both physically and emotional strong. She is sincere and generous, but still quite young. I’m interested to see how she changes as she gets older and gains more responsibility. I like a lot of the other characters and I hope to see their personalities become more developed in future books. I’m particularly interested in Raven. He’s complicated. I’ll be interested to see how the series evolves.

Song for this book: An Ocean and a Rock – Lisa Hannigan

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