Welcome to comfort reads! Winter marches on and the weather isn’t getting any warmer – however, things around town are heating up! August is around the corner and our annual conference has gone virtual this year, so head on over to see what’s on offer! In the mean time it’s witching hour and our comfort read blogger this month is Louisa West. Welcome Louisa!
My favourite comfort read would have to be Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. No matter how many times I thumb through my well-worn ‘reading copy’ (I say ‘reading copy’, because I have several), I am struck by the charming intimacy Austen creates with each and every word. I adore all of the Bennets for various reasons – I never fail to feel Jane’s pain when she feels slighted by Mr Bingley – I hold my breath when Darcy and Elizabeth interact. It’s such an enduring and powerful piece of art, and it’s perfect for rainy days best enjoyed with strong tea, a textured blanket, and a handful of chocolate biscuits.
We’re in the process of redecorating our lounge room, and have just put up some cool wallpaper and brought a gorgeous olive-green couch into the space. Olive is one of my favourite colours, and I love how it blends with a multitude of other earthy tones to give off a moody late Autumn, early winter vibe. Winter is my favourite time of year, and I love curling up here on my couch, watching the world pass by through the big bay window opposite. If I’m not reading here, I’m writing here– or watching one of the many Netflix shows I’m addicted to. Next stop for the redecorating: some shelves and hanging a gorgeous piece of art painted by a talented local artist!
About New Witch on the Block
She thought she was running away from her past, not catching up with it.
Rosemary Bell just wants to live a quiet, happy life and raise her daughter as far away from her toxic ex-husband as she can get. But when they move into a decrepit cottage in the woods of Mosswood, Georgia, Rosie realises her life will never be simple.
A gang of meddling neighborhood do-gooders want to run her out of town. The vicious laundromat machines keep eating her spare change. Not to mention her buff Irish stalker who insists that he’s a Witch King and that it’s her royal destiny to be his Queen.
And to top it all off, strange things keep happening around Rosie when she least expects it…
She could deal with it all, but her ex won’t rest until he tracks her down. When her ability to protect her daughter is threatened, Rosie shows them all that nobody messes with the new witch on the block.
Practical Magic meets Bridget Jones’ Diary in this fun, heart-warming short novel about starting over, putting family first, and finding love when you least expect it.
Buy links – New Witch on the Block
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B087KYLF3N
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087KYLF3N
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087KYLF3N
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B087KYLF3N
About Louisa West
Author by day, Netflix connoisseur by night.
Louisa likes Pina Coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain. Determined to empty her brain of stories, she writes across several genres including fantasy, speculative fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, and romance.
She lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, and drinks more coffee than is good for her. When she’s not writing or researching projects, Louisa enjoys spending time with her family, and Harriet The Great (Dane). Hobbies include playing video games, watching copious amounts of tv, and various craft-related initiatives.
She strongly believes that the truth is still out there.
New Witch on the Block is her debut novel, and the first in her ‘Midlife in Mosswood’ series. Book 2, Jealousy’s a Witch, is currently available for preorder and releases in September 2020.
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Girl, same! But you know that. 😛