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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.

Favorite Quote:

"It's like a fairytale suspended in time-the princess forgotten, the hero eaten whole by a noble Fir goblin. The story ended, but no one remembered to burn the haunted forest to the ground.” 


Winterwood by Ernshaw is so good. I really enjoyed this book. Ernshaw's writing is so beautiful. I feel like you can definitely see the growth that she has had since writing The Wicked Deep. I did find the story to be super predictable. I think that is really the only thing I could complain about. I really enjoyed the characters and the story.

Nora finds a book in the woods. Alive. This is something that doesn't usually happen. People don't walk out of the Wicker Woods. On the same night that Nora rescues this boy in the woods another boy is found dead. To make everything so much better, there is a blizzard that has them blocked in and they can't seek help.

I really enjoyed Nora's self discovery journey. I think that is what made the book for e. I really loved how Nora was coming int her own and learning things about herself even though she didn't know it yet. I am looking forward to Ernshaw's next book.

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