The best books about witchy women

The Books I Picked & Why

The Witch's Daughter

By Paula Brackston

Book cover of The Witch's Daughter

Why this book?

Like the millions that made this a bestseller, the cover of The Witch’s Daughter was the first hint of the intriguing story. The hem of a long dress is raised to reveal a pair of old-fashioned lace-up shoes. You know those feet could dance or run at any moment. Heroine Elizabeth doesn’t disappoint. A strong and immortal witch, her story sweeps back and forth from the 1600s to present day while unspeakable evil pursues her. The story weaves history with involving and multi-dimensional characters. Elizabeth isn’t afraid to reveal her fear even as she uses her great power. She’s the kind of heroine I want to write and read about. Just thinking about her makes me want to read it again. Is there any higher recommendation?

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Practical Magic

By Alice Hoffman

Book cover of Practical Magic

Why this book?

This book is the basis of the movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. While the plot is loosely the same, the book’s tone is different, darker, and more serious, with less of the movie’s whimsy. The author more fully explores how this family of witches is shaped by the jealousies, triumphs, and tragedies that mold every family. Their family dynamic is why I love this book. Gillian’s questionable actions infuriate Sally, but she’d do anything to save her sister. The push and pull of love, loyalty, loss, and disappointment are so real. You can forget for a minute that they’re witches. And then that’s what they are, and it feels so logical and believable, and you wish your own family sold love potions out of the back kitchen door.

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Magic in the Wind (Drake Sisters, Book 1)

By Christine Feehan

Book cover of Magic in the Wind (Drake Sisters, Book 1)

Why this book?

I’ve always loved books about families, but imagine seven sisters living together. Family relationships are the heart of many books and often I’m enthralled by the intricacies of these stories. Since I grew up with just my brother, I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in a family so large. Sarah Drake has been away and has come home. The town is abuzz with gossip because when Sarah comes home, something big always happens. Also newly arrived in Sea Haven is Damon Wilder, and he arrives with his own secrets and possibly danger is following. A wonderful book that introduces the first of the Drake sisters. I love a good series, and this book is the beginning of one of the best.

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Dance Upon the Air

By Nora Roberts

Book cover of Dance Upon the Air

Why this book?

Women who have to struggle to survive always make for a good story. There’s nothing that makes me want to cheer more than watching a woman realize just how strong and resilient she is. When Nell Channing arrives on Three Sisters Island, she is as fragile as a baby bird. It’s obvious she has lots of secrets and she’s very careful to keep parts of herself hidden from everyone. After getting a job at a local bookstore/cafe, Nell begins to thrive and local sheriff Zack Todd is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. I recommend this book because it’s a beautiful story of courage, discovery, and love. Nell finds a family on Three Sisters Island and enjoys seeking the magic inside.

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A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

Book cover of A Discovery of Witches

Why this book?

What’s not to love about this book? Witches, vampires, time travel, forbidden love, and the timeless theme of good versus evil? I especially like that the heroine is bookish and awkward, not the type you’d imagine for a darkly delicious vampire. I love that the two of them have a sweeping romance that transcends time and defies the laws of their supernatural world. It sounds heavy, doesn’t it? But it’s fun, a book filled with unexpected humor to balance the pain. There is a television series based on this book and the two others in the series. I have to admit they didn’t suck me in, but the characters are special in any medium. 

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