9/7/20

A Lock of Hair, by A. Rose Pritchett, Narrated by Melanie Huesz - AUDIO Review


4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Boston, 1846. Eighteen-year-old Mildred Parish, a barber's daughter, practices practical witchcraft using locks of hair obtained from her father's customers. She's very selective about who knows her secret and the kinds of spells she casts. Only people she trusts can know, and she must never cast a spell to harm another person.
One of her father's clients is Theodore O'Brian, an Irish immigrant whose family is fortunate enough to be wealthy. Mildred is head over heels in love with him, but he's destined to be with someone else. One day, a woman named Trinity Hartell comes knocking on Mildred's door. She has a vendetta against an entire family and wants Mildred to cast a death spell on them. The family? The O'Brians, including Theodore. Mildred refuses, but Trinity is set on getting what she wants, one way or another.
Mildred now feels she must protect the O'Brian family and the man she loves, but she must also protect herself. How can she make sure Trinity is stopped without telling the entire city of Boston that she's a witch?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
A. Rose Pritchett's writing career started in kindergarten when she daydreamed about being a fairy princess instead of learning subtraction. Her childhood obsession with American Girl turned her into an avid history lover.
At seventeen, she moved from her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, where she earned her BA in writing with a history minor from Georgia Southern University. She continues to live in Savannah, still daydreaming about princesses wearing gorgeous dresses. A LOCK OF HAIR is her debut novel.
ABOUT THE NARRATOR -
Melanie Huesz is new to audiobook production and narration, but not new to performing.  She has an MFA in acting and was a graduate fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger. Before moving from the stage to the classroom, her acting roles included ingenues, leading ladies, and character roles. 
As a middle school teacher and an avid audiobook listener with more than 300 books in her audio library, Melanie has seen the power of bringing books to life in her classroom and was inspired to return to performing through narration.  Drawn to the world of YA, she has spent the summer recording three new novels aimed at young adults. 


MY THOUGHTS -
Well this was an absolutely delightful book to read (listen to)! I loved it right from page one. I have read a LOT of witch books (they seem to be my genre of choice, I just think they are fun). This may be one of my favorites! It was very light reading, easy. I especially loved in the beginning where she says that she is a Christian witch! People think that being a witch is bad and has to do with the devil but that the devil wouldn't want healing or helping others. So she doesn't ask the devil for help, she asks God! :-) And she never uses her witchcraft for bad or hurting people only for good. She, Millie, talks about God, and being a Christian all throughout the book. but don't get me wrong... this is not a "Christian book" or preachy at all! It just puts a nice, welcomed spin on it that I love.

This takes place post Salem witch trials (which is one of my favorite things to read about). Now witches are no longer hung, the are accepted in society...  or are they? There is always prejudice where ever you go, what ever the time period, and whoever you meet. And this book addresses that, I think in a nice, realistic way.

A great story! Clean, serious at times but also fun - wonderful characters! I definitely recommend this one!

Audio - I loved the narrator! I can sometimes dislike an audio book simply because of the reader. I thought she did an excellent job! I loved her voice. I thought she did a great Irish accent. I would love to read more by her.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



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