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Struggling to recover from her grief over the death of her beloved husband, widow Imogen Lacey rebuilds her life in a new community with the help of a group of strong, soulful women who celebrate their natural power together and who are rumored to be witches
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Four years after her poignant Family Games (1994, etc.), Stubbs returns with a subtly shaded, quietly insightful story of a young English widow who moves to the country for a fresh start, only to find herself in the middle of a pitched battle between the forces of light and darkness when she befriends a local group of witches. Imogen is still at sea after the loss of her beloved, Fred the toymaker, when she encounters old chum and protector Alice in London, and quickly accepts Alice's offer to come north to stay with her and her minister husband. Something in the dales surrounding Alice's town touches Imogen deeply, and one day when she hikes to nearby standing stones known as the Listening Women, she comes back with resolve to get on with her life. Being independently minded as well as gifted, she moves to the village beneath the stones and opens a made-to-order hat shop without consulting Alice, to find herself connecting with other craftswomen, all of whom happen to be witches. Drawn to the dark, magnetic Philip, who runs a home for juvenile offenders, but warned about him by the genial, wise old Dr. Rowley, local specialist in magic arts, Imogen tries to keep her distancewhich proves hard once both she and Philip are leads in the Elizabethan drama the good doctor is staging to benefit the church. Meanwhile, Imogen has another fan in George, the play's set builder, the church's bell-ringer, and the illegitimate son of Mary, the grand old witch of the dales. When matters come to a head on the play's opening night, Imogen has already made her choice, but face-to-face with evil she also finds a strength that will change her life forever. A bit of a slow burner, but the conflicts in a tender woman's heart are neatly conveyed here, as is the sense of a close-knit community with more than its share of secrets to hide. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
In her bereavement over the accidental death of her young husband, 29-year-old Londoner Imogen Lacey finds solace from an old friend and a most unusual community. Alice Brakespear, Imogen's former schoolmistress and now the wife of the vicar in the town of Langesby, takes Imogen into her home and circle of friends. But it's nearby Haraldstone, with its mysterious circle of ancient standing stones--said to be the site of witches' rites--that speaks to Imogen's inner self and to which she moves her home and small business of making fanciful hats. Soon she is acting in a theater production in Langesby to benefit the church, being courted by a fellow player, and joining the white witches of Haraldstone in ceremonies at the stones. But there is black as well as white witchcraft afoot, and the course of true love may run awry. A slightly mannered, quite modern, and thoroughly enchanting tale. Michele Leber
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Book Description G. K. Hall & Company, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX078388558X
Book Description G K Hall & Co, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M078388558X