KATE, 2019

Kate flees London – abandoning everything – for Cumbria and Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great-aunt. There, a secret lurks in the bones of the house, hidden ever since the witch-hunts of the 17th century.

VIOLET, 1942

Violet is more interested in collecting insects and climbing trees than in becoming a proper young lady. Until a chain of shocking events changes her life forever.

ALTHA, 1619

Altha is on trial for witchcraft, accused of killing a local man. Known for her uncanny connection with nature and animals, she is a threat that must be eliminated.

But Weyward women belong to the wild. And they cannot be tamed…

Weaving together the stories of three women across five centuries, Weyward is an enthralling novel of female resilience and the transformative power of the natural world.

Our Review

"Witch, I heard them say. Hang the witch." 

Weyward is a sublime book and ever since I finished reading it I can't stop thinking about the characters. I flew through it.

Weyward is set over multiple timelines and each ones is as good as the next, I don't think I could pick a favourite if I tried. The timelines are seamlessly interwoven and help illustrate to the reader the impact of the past on the present. 

If this debut novel is an indication of things to come then Emilia Hart will become a go to author for me. Weyward had me hooked from the beginning and not just because one of the timelines centred around a young woman accused of witchcraft, a topic I aways find fascinating. I rooted for each character and genuinely loved them all. 

The first timeline is set in 1619 around Altha. A young woman on trial accused of killing a man using witchcraft. 

Then, in 2019 we have Kate. Kate is fleeing an abusive relationship to live in a house left to her by her recently deceased great-aunt. 

"The front door clicks shut. The step of his shoes on the floorboards. Wine, gurgling into a glass.

Panic flutters in her, like a bird." 

The final timeline is about 16-year-old Violet living in 1942 in a great hall with her brother Graham and her difficult father. 

"Violet hated Graham. She absolutely loathed him. Why did he get to study interesting things all day, like science and Latin and someone called Pythagoras, while she was supposed to be content sewing needles through a canvas?"

Violet wants to be a biologist or an eptimologist but knows this is a future that she may never be able to achieve because she is not male. 

Violet knows little about her  dead mother and has a difficult relationship with her father, he doesn't understand her love of nature and actively tries to discourage it. 

"As a child, Violet had assumed that father's 'curios' (as he called them) were signs that he shared her love of the natural world...Father didn't care that elephants formed close-knit, matriarchal groups, that they mourned their dead, like humans. Nor did he consider that the elephant he had killed - for the mere sake of an ornament for his desk - would have been bewildered by fear and pain at the moment of its death. 

For father, the tusk and everything else in the Hall, like it - was just a trophy or venerated, but conquered. 

They would never understand each other." 

Weyward had a Practical Magic Vibe to it but was also completely unique.

"Weyward, they called us, when we would not submit, would not bend to their will. But we learned to wear the name with pride." 


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