Escape from witchwood hollow“Don’t go into the woods.  You won’t come back. “  People in Arnn, New York, have lived with the legend all their lives.  People who go into Witchwood Hollow don’t return, or at least they didn’t in the past.  Honoria finds out exactly how and where the past and present collide in this super interesting story that takes place in three different time periods and outside of time as well.

 

The main portion of the book is set in 2001 a month after the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York.  Honoria’s parents perished there, and she and her brother, along with their aunt and uncle, move to Arnn.   The new town brings many changes for Honoria and her family.  Honoria, grieving for her parents, is fascinated by the local legends of the witch with power.  

 

Other parts of the book are like a historical novel..  Thankfully the chapters have date headings to help you keep the time periods straight as  the story also takes place in 1670 and 1850.  The book switches back and forth between the time periods as Witchwood Hollow’s legend unfolds and the people trapped there are revealed.  
Jordan Elizabeth has undertaken a big project with the different time periods but for the most part handles it very well.  I was a little confused at first but quickly caught on.  Everything ties together well at the end although I found the ending to be a little odd and unexpected.  Escape from Witchwood Hollow could be sad and gloomy but is mysterious instead.  This stand alone story is classified as young adult but is diverse enough to appeal to older readers as well.  I enjoyed it and recommend Escape from Witchwood Hollow with both thumbs up and a handy magical compass.

(amazon.com)

Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

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