First Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The Widdershins left Crowstone just after breakfast. Granny had popped her head in to wake the girls at sunrise, but Betty Widdershins was already up.

Any ideas?

I’m sure anyone who is a fan of Michelle Harrison’s A Pinch of Magic and A Pinch of Sorcery will have guessed this one! I’ve been avidly checking NetGalley in the hope that this would be available for request and, as soon as I saw it today, I immediately requested it and was approved almost as quickly as I’d requested it which is brilliant! I’m so excited to return to another adventure with the Widdershin sisters!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everyone knows that magic and trouble go hand in hand… A dangerous spell cast over an unsuspecting village. An enchanted painting locked in a hidden room. A desperate race against time to break the spell before it’s too late… It should have been a fresh start for the Widdershins. Finally free from the misty gloom of Crowstone and beginning a new life. But all is not as it seems in their postcard-pretty village. Their neighbours are acting strangely, and why do they flinch at the mere mention of magic? The Widdershins sisters have their own secret: a set of enchanted nesting dolls with the power to render their user invisible. The sisters must use their wits – and their magic – if they’re to break the dark hold over the village, and save one of their own . . . but have they met their match this time? 

Have you read this series? Are you looking forward to this one?

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