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The Witches of Moonshyne Manor - by Bianca Marais (Paperback)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Magical Realism
Publisher: Mira Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Bianca Marais
Language: English
Street Date: August 23, 2022
TCIN: 85998293
UPC: 9780778386995
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-5312
Origin: Made in the USA


Book Synopsis

"Bianca Marais is a genius" -- Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they've fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there's hope, since the imminent return of Ruby--one of the sisterhood who's been gone for thirty-three years--will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they've ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby's homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.

Funny, tender and uplifting, the novel explores the formidable power that can be discovered in aging, found family and unlikely friendships. Marais' clever prose offers as much laughter as insight, delving deeply into feminism, identity and power dynamics while stirring up intrigue and drama through secrets, lies and sex. Heartbreaking and heart-mending, it will make you grateful for the amazing women in your life.

Review Quotes

"The Witches of Moonshyne Manor is an engaging, hilarious, and utterly charming take on the modern witch story. I loved every page." - Lana Harper, NYT bestselling author of Payback's a Witch.

"The new Practical Magic for a generation of women who value sisterhood, friendship and fierce, fabulous feminism above all else. It was an absolute delight from start to finish, and the kind of book I've been craving for years. Escapist and hilarious but also bold and incisive, this novel has shot to the top of my list of favourites."
-- Marissa Stapley, New York Times bestselling author of Lucky

"In this enchanting novel we meet a coven of misfit witches--a sisterhood as diverse as it is powerful, though struggling with many of the same issues that face non-magical women: in particular, what it means to be an aging woman in a society enamored with youth. Brimming with magic, mystery and meaning, prepare to be bewitched.
--Karma Brown, #1 bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

"Picture it. Critchley Hackle, 2021. A group of older women living together to share expenses and lean on each other. Sound familiar? But with these delightful witchy equivalent of The Golden Girls, it's not just the cheesecake that has healing powers."
- Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Guncle, a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Novel of the Year.

"Richly imagined, gorgeously written, and completely addictive, this exuberant novel is a celebration of womanhood at its brightest, funniest, most honest, and most kind. Bianca has written the kind of insightful, empowering story you can't wait to share with a friend." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

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4.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
50% would recommend
2 recommendations

Stars sassy and empowering feminist retired witches

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Alli - 8 months ago
Search Search all books... Open main menu A review by you! The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, by Bianca Marais emotional hopeful lighthearted reflective relaxing fast-paced Plot- or character-driven? A mix Strong character development? Yes Loveable characters? Yes Diverse cast of characters? Yes Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated 5.0 I love this book. I want to buy it for everyone to read! It's gender freedom positive, age positive, the heros are older ladies and they are starting and brave but also realistic! It's genuine, feminist, inclusive and meaningful. What I also love is it's not a simple predictable prefab plot. I've read too many books that sound like 100 others, it's such a relief to hear a story I could listen to and not roll my eyes and actually appreciate the characters development AND have a story want that's not fully predictable, is interesting and also not overly wrought in unnecessary complexities.. It's just nicely balanced like the taste profile of a delicious meal it's just the right amount of spice, heist and excitement, love, friendships, another ghost..I seem to be getting a lot of ghost stories in the newer novels.. This one has a delightful talking crow who nicely edits what the ghosts thinking into words the ghost actually means, as the crow is her familiar. It's beautiful. Please read this book. The characters are lovely and the humor is just the right balance of snarky and dark. The best.
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A peculiar tale!

3 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
- 1 year ago
The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais is an odd witchy tale. There are witches, a crow, a ghost, and a lively teenager. The story has a unique beginning (nudity and intimate relations) as we get to meet each witch. The point-of-view switches between the sisters and Persephone. The author created some unique characters including a transgender woman. The witches are in their 80s with all the aches and pains that comes with that age. We learn about each sister which includes the secrets they are keeping. I loved Persephone. She is a precocious teenager who wishes to help the octogenarian witches. Persephone provides levity and charm. The pacing picks up in the last quarter of the book as the action and suspense ramp up. There are sisterly squabbles, the reading of tea leaves, a fiery game, a frantic search, reuniting with Ruby, and magic spells. The resolution was a little too neat and easily accomplished, but there was an unusual component. There is a part that is clever, and I like the revelation near the end (I cannot say more because it is a spoiler). The Witches of Moonshyne Manor is a book that I would never have chosen to read if I could have read a sample first. I found the first chapter to be a turnoff. I struggled to get through the book (skimming was involved). I am not a fan of reading about eighty-year-old having intimate relations or satisfying themself. I do want to let you know that the story does contain an excessive amount of foul language, intimate situations, nudity, and self-love. The Witches of Moonshyne Manor is a peculiar tale with a clever crow, a talented teenager, sister witches, mad men, a self-righteous relative, a sizzling sport, a ticking clock, and a panicky pursuit.
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