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Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing bestseller, The Witches of New York . During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform trad Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing bestseller, The Witches of New York . During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. (Did you know that roasting chestnuts were once used to foretell one's fate?) As the witches roast chestnuts and melt lead to see their fate, a series of odd messengers land on their doorstep bearing invitations for a New Year's Eve masquerade hosted by a woman they've never met. Gossip, dreams and portents follow, leading the witches to question the woman's motives. Is she as benevolent as she seems or is she laying a trap. And so, as Gilded-Age New York prepares to ring in the new year, the witches don their finery and heard for the ball, on the hunt for answers that might well be the end of them.


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Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing bestseller, The Witches of New York . During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform trad Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing bestseller, The Witches of New York . During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. (Did you know that roasting chestnuts were once used to foretell one's fate?) As the witches roast chestnuts and melt lead to see their fate, a series of odd messengers land on their doorstep bearing invitations for a New Year's Eve masquerade hosted by a woman they've never met. Gossip, dreams and portents follow, leading the witches to question the woman's motives. Is she as benevolent as she seems or is she laying a trap. And so, as Gilded-Age New York prepares to ring in the new year, the witches don their finery and heard for the ball, on the hunt for answers that might well be the end of them.

30 review for Half Spent Was the Night: A Witches' Yuletide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    *Scream* I had no idea that Ami McKay had even written a sequel to The Witches of New York until I stumbled upon it at the bookstore this morning. It's New Years Eve 1881 and Adelaide, Beatrice, and Eleanor are invited to a ball where they face their greatest enemies. It was delightful, but I want a proper sequel not a mere 92 page tease.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Gaarder

    Read my reviews at http://www.jenchaosreviews.com Half Spent Was the Night Knopf Canada, October 18, 2018 112 Pages Hardcover Edition From GoodReads: " Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing bestseller, The Witches of New York.  During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories Read my reviews at http://www.jenchaosreviews.com Half Spent Was the Night Knopf Canada, October 18, 2018 112 Pages Hardcover Edition From GoodReads: " Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing bestseller, The Witches of New York.  During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. (Did you know that roasting chestnuts were once used to foretell one's fate?) As the witches roast chestnuts and melt lead to see their fate, a series of odd messengers land on their doorstep bearing invitations for a New Year's Eve masquerade hosted by a woman they've never met. Gossip, dreams, and portents follow, leading the witches to question the woman's motives. Is she as benevolent as she seems or is she laying a trap? And so, as Gilded-Age New York prepares to ring in the new year, the witches don their finery and heard for the ball, on the hunt for answers that might well be the end of them. " GoodReads Rating: 3.81/ My Rating 5.00 Review: After reading Witches of New York, this was a nice leadup to perhaps a series of books that are possible for this particular storyline. The book includes the infamous three witches who underwent a harrowing adventure involving Beatrice Dunn, a young precocious girl with the ability to speak to spirits. This time, however, the story is darker than the first book. At 112 pages, I was not disappointed. Being invited to the end of the year's most spoken about ball by a mysterious Baroness who seems very interested in the three, seems like a dream come true. At least for Beatrice. The two others are a little shocked and surprised and feel a little more than hesitant than to go along with what is in store for them at the ball. Eleanor, in particular, seems the most suspicious and decides she won't go. Beatrice is young and wants to experience this fantastic event so Adelaide Thom, the seer of the three decides she will go if only to watch over the young charge. But something is brewing in New York behind the scenes, and the three are involved whether they know it or not. Especially Beatrice. The Baroness is a very strange woman and seems to know everything about the women. Their personalities, their pasts and everything else. The strange thing is, many of the things the Baroness knows, especially to Adelaide Thom, was a secret until now. There is a man from the previous book, a very dangerous and demonic man. Mr. Pelsham. His taste is not that for blood, but the skill and ownership of people with power. He also has been invited to the ball, much to the chagrin of the oldest witch, Eleanor. This book is an enchanting read that does not explore the powers the women have quite as clearly as the first book did. Indeed, with only a mere 112 pages, this story was focused. You find yourself involved in the lives of these women in such a way that you feel that you are a part of them. Knowing the history of Adelaide and the people involved in her past, opened my eyes. It didn't make me like her less, it made me respect the fact that she rose from the ashes and became a better person in spite of the adversity. I did, however, have a problem with Beatrice. She seemed to have the least amount of sense. Having gone through what she did in the first story, you would think she would be more on guard about strange men. However, at one point in the story, she seemed enamored by a man, in a mask, with no name or introduction. She was a fool and I was shocked that she hadn't learned anything from the previous story. The two older witches were great as was the housekeeper Mrs. Stutt. Always on the lookout for the danger she knew was behind every corner, Eleanor was the one with the MOST sense. Adelaide was a person I could go either way with. I did find this story rather touching. The close friendship and love the three witches had for each other was illustrated throughout the book. This was especially present in the end. Old World Witchcraft and rituals were mentioned in the book from the old folklore of German villages of Mrs. Stutt to Eleanor and her famous Grimoire of magic. The Wild Hunt was the main thought towards the end. This was a great ritual that could only be done at the stroke of midnight of the New Year. It was amazing to read about this as I have read differing versions of what The Wild Hunt is. Writing: The writing was clean and crisp. Ms. McKay put together a story that was woven intricately with words that were neither too difficult nor too simple. She struck a balance to make an intelligent and enjoyable read. Plot: The plot was linear and did not seem to run into any flashbacks. While Some characters harken from the previous book, it seemed unnecessary to add them to this one. When writing a book so short, there is little space and time to do such a thing. The main plot became apparent towards 15% of the book. The secondary plot was also revealed at that time involving Mrs. Stutt, Eleanor and Beatrice. As the book progressed, the wild hunt revealed some truths that brought a very satisfying ending for the book. I also saw that there could be another book in the making with the ending this one had. It was not a cliffhanger, mind you. However, these women's stories have not yet ended. What I Liked: The characters were well designed, all of them, even the secondary characters. Ami McKay has a magic touch when designing memorable characters and places. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the people that I loved from the previous book spring up. They were the same as before as if she had written this story while writing the other. This was a seamless insertion to the storyline that is The Witches of New York.  What I Didn't Like: I was a little upset that the Baroness did not play a bigger part in the book. She seemed to have a dominating personality and characteristics; however, she was not involved as much as I would have liked. I also thought the magic that did play a role in this short tale was a bit soft. To be clear, I was not expecting lightning bolts from the sky or fires from the depths of Hell. All I wanted to see was more magic from Eleanor as she seemed more hesitant in the story than the last. Overall Impression: For the fans of Witches of New York and anyone who like stories of witchcraft and strong female leads, this book is for you. However, it is ESSENTIAL you read the first book in the duology before you read this one, or you will be lost. This is a great story as is the first one. I rated this one a 5.0.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    When a book that isn’t sad makes you cry at the end because it was so wonderful and too short and you already miss all the characters two seconds after reading the last word. I loved Witches of New York and this follow-up novella was perfection except that now I am craving more. I really hope this isn’t the last time Ami visits these characters. This novella actually tied up a couple of loose ends from Witches and revisits some things from The Virgin Cure. I loved all the mythos and witchy stuff When a book that isn’t sad makes you cry at the end because it was so wonderful and too short and you already miss all the characters two seconds after reading the last word. I loved Witches of New York and this follow-up novella was perfection except that now I am craving more. I really hope this isn’t the last time Ami visits these characters. This novella actually tied up a couple of loose ends from Witches and revisits some things from The Virgin Cure. I loved all the mythos and witchy stuff and the fact that there are recipes included was a nice surprise. As with all of Ami’s books the writing was pure poetry and I feel even more like these witches are kindred spirits. I can see this becoming a fave Christmas read and I know I’ll be reading it again in December.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rimpy Toor

    "Christmas Day has come and gone, the New Year lies ahead. Strange things happen Between the Years, in the days outside of time. Minutes go wild, hours vanish. Idleness becomes a clever thief, stealing the names of the days of the week, muting the steady tick of watches and clocks. These are the hours when angels, ghosts, demons and meddlers ride howling wind and flickering candlelight, keen to stir unguarded hearts and restless minds." I read The Witches of New York by Ami Mckay when it first ca "Christmas Day has come and gone, the New Year lies ahead. Strange things happen Between the Years, in the days outside of time. Minutes go wild, hours vanish. Idleness becomes a clever thief, stealing the names of the days of the week, muting the steady tick of watches and clocks. These are the hours when angels, ghosts, demons and meddlers ride howling wind and flickering candlelight, keen to stir unguarded hearts and restless minds." I read The Witches of New York by Ami Mckay when it first came out, and when I found out she was coming out with a novella of sorts for it, I was ecstatic. The Witches of New York is the perfect fall read, with witches and magic and demons littered throughout. I was expecting something a bit different from this novella. I expected it to be filled with little stories passed from generations of witches throughout the year. I was looking forward to the girls sitting around a fire and sharing the stories their ancestors told them. Unfortunately that wasn't exactly what this novella was. Instead it was a sort of extension/conclusion to The Witches of New York. That being said, I was not totally let down by this novella because I did definitely love getting the closure I was looking for when I finished The Witches of New York. I was expecting Ami Mckay to come out with a sequel for the novel, but instead she chose the route of a novella. This novella still held the fall, spooky feeling I was looking for. It had the magic and witchery and atmosphere that drew me in the first time, and it was definitely nice to see the girls from the first novel and see what they were up to this time. I did find this novella to feel a bit fast paced for my liking. It felt like Ami Mckay was trying to jam pack all the plot holes left unfilled from the first novel into this novella, and that made it not feel as though it was planned well enough. I loved seeing a couple recipes mentioned in the story dispersed throughout this novella in full form. It's a fun idea to include the recipes in case a reader wants to get the full experience and also bake the goods mentioned. This was also a fantastic way to split the moments in the novella up a bit. All in all this was a fun short read. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. If you were a fan of The Witches of New York and have been looking for closure, definitely pick this novella up when it comes out and give it a read by the fire on a cold winters day.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    I adore Ami McKay's writing. I settled myself into my favourite reading chair with a cup of tea on a windblown night to read her latest - a novella entitled Half-Spent Was the Night: A Witches' Yuletide. 1881. This historical (and yes, magical) tale is wrapped around the three New York witches from the book of the same name. As the women are sat around the fire, divining what the New Year might hold, three invitations arrive for a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball from a woman known to none of them. I adore Ami McKay's writing. I settled myself into my favourite reading chair with a cup of tea on a windblown night to read her latest - a novella entitled Half-Spent Was the Night: A Witches' Yuletide. 1881. This historical (and yes, magical) tale is wrapped around the three New York witches from the book of the same name. As the women are sat around the fire, divining what the New Year might hold, three invitations arrive for a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball from a woman known to none of them. Should they attend? "Christmas Day has come and gone, the New Year lies ahead. Strange things happen Between the Years, in the days outside of time." I enjoyed revisiting Adelaide, Eleanor and Beatrice. I've grown quite fond of them. Half Spent Was the Night picks up not long after the ending of the last book. Answers and revelations to previous questions and happenings are found in this little volume. But not all - there is still much to tell. A sense of enchantment and wonderment wraps the descriptions, the dialogue, the settings and the characters. McKay's writing is so easy and such a pleasure to read. There are some recipes included - the German sweet bread sounds delicious. And I liked the hidden little detail I found underneath the book jacket - a stamping of a mask within holly. And the title? You'll find it's origin in the last few pages. Half Spent Was the Night is another spellbinding read from Ami McKay. My only complaint - I wanted more - I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This little book is best when read after The Witches of New York because we become acquainted with and learn the background of Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St.Clair and Beatrice Dunn who are main characters in both The Witches of New York and Half Spent Was the Night. During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the three witches gather before a fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. A series of messengers arrive bearing personal invitations for a New Year's Ev This little book is best when read after The Witches of New York because we become acquainted with and learn the background of Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St.Clair and Beatrice Dunn who are main characters in both The Witches of New York and Half Spent Was the Night. During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the three witches gather before a fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. A series of messengers arrive bearing personal invitations for a New Year's Eve masquerade ball to be held by a woman they do not know. They wonder if the invitations are friendly or have an evil intent. As Gilded-Age New York prepares to ring in the New Year, Adelaide, Eleanor and Beatrice head for the ball dressed in their gowns and masks. Are they headed for danger? Will they have a "ball"? Or will they be harmed? Half Spent Was the Night is a quick little read. I planned to attend a release celebration for this little gem, but there was a storm that evening. So, I borrowed the book from the library. 4 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pinar

    Was this like a novella and I missed the memo? I had to double check to see that, yes, it is indeed the second book of Witches of New York series. Can’t believe how short it was especially for a $8.99 book. It was nice and dreamy, would be a great read for the Yuletide -that is, for one afternoon. I think it was misleading to label it as the second book of the series, however. It was more like a Christmas/New Year’s special story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diane Klajbor

    This was another delightful book about the three witches of New York. Even though it's very short, only 92 pages, the little novella packs in a lot of information and insight about Eleanor, Adelaide and Beatrice and their adversaries. My advice would be to read the first book, The Witches of New York, first, otherwise you might be lost and befuddled by the characters and what they are up against. I hope Ms. McKay will carry on the witches' stories in full length novels soon. I can't wait.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna (lion_reads)

    A fun little one-sitting read. Perfect for a night under a blanket or by the fire. Loved seeing the characters from Witches of New York again. Hoping for a full-length sequel in 2019.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    I don't really know what happened in this book. Some witches are sitting around chatting, having a good time. Then they go to a masquerade ball. Then somehow (view spoiler)[a demon shows up and they fight it. (hide spoiler)] I didn't read the first book, and didn't like the characters enough to read it in the future.

  11. 4 out of 5

    James

    4.5 stars Witches of New York was one of my favorite reads from the past year, so ordering this follow-up novella was a no-brainer. Indeed, it made for a perfect December evening read. It has a cozy feel to it and a magic that reminds me of The Dark is Rising. My obvious complaint is that it's far too short. And I worry that the tying up of so many loose ends from Witches means no sequel? I hope I'm wrong. I want to see these characters again, hopefully many more times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Gibbs

    A delightful visit back to my favourite witches & creatures from the Witches of New York.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Tremblay

    I love Ami McKay’s writing, and while this was a fun story, I really don’t understand why she wrote a 92 page, teeny tiny book. It feels like a short story and for that, cannot possibly be considered a sequel. It’s more like a cute, tiny blip and I’m like, uh, that’s it? Good yet utterly disappointing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ren (A Bookish Balance)

    My only major critique of this was that it could have been longer, still have my fingers crossed for a full sequel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ebru

    Perdu perdu perdu 😍😍😍 Ami McKay does it again!! Be still my beating heart there’s more magic, predictions, mystery and my favourite three witches!! Half Spent was the Night is a continuation of “The Witches of New York”, it’s written as a novella but it wraps the story up very nicely. I won’t lie, I quite enjoyed this book. This being said, it left me wanting more of this world and the characters. You know that feeling when someone lets you try a bite of their food, and all you want to do is to j Perdu perdu perdu 😍😍😍 Ami McKay does it again!! Be still my beating heart there’s more magic, predictions, mystery and my favourite three witches!! Half Spent was the Night is a continuation of “The Witches of New York”, it’s written as a novella but it wraps the story up very nicely. I won’t lie, I quite enjoyed this book. This being said, it left me wanting more of this world and the characters. You know that feeling when someone lets you try a bite of their food, and all you want to do is to just pull the whole plate in front of you and eat everything in it, because it is so good… this book made me feel exactly that. I kind of wish she opted out to write an actual, full length novel rather than a novella but 🤷‍♀️ it is what it is I guess. Now I’ll also tell you… I definitely need a prequel to this story that involves only and only Perdu!!! Because you can’t just give little snippets of his life before and mention a curse and leave it at that. There are so many things that I loved about this book and one of which was the use of the recipes and mention of the cultures that the certain food is being talked about. Got me so hungry for certain things while reading that’s for sure. 🙂 Now that I’ve subjected you all to my jumbling thoughts, I’ll leave you with this message: “I need more Perdu in my life!!!” Ami McKay if you can hear this, please tell me you’re working on his background story… 🙏🙏🙏 For more reviews like this please visit: www.ebsandherreads.com

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle McDonough

    The story was great! Love the witches, I just wish it was longer. I read it in one sitting. I was looking forward to a longer read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gaynor

    A delightful pocket Victorian Yuletide read. It can either tantalize lovers of it’s prequel, or tantalize new readers into the ‘Witches of New York’. A great stocking stuffer idea too!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne Logan

    For those of you who have read Ami McKay’s first book in this series of sorts, The Witches of New York, you will have undoubtedly devoured her latest, Half Spent Was the Night, which is billed as its sequel. Despite it being so short it packs in quite a bit, furthering the stories of our favourite witches, Eleanor, Beatrice and Adelaide. The subtitle of this book is “A Witches Yuletide” which led me to read this just a few days before Christmas in hopes it would get me into the spirit of the holi For those of you who have read Ami McKay’s first book in this series of sorts, The Witches of New York, you will have undoubtedly devoured her latest, Half Spent Was the Night, which is billed as its sequel. Despite it being so short it packs in quite a bit, furthering the stories of our favourite witches, Eleanor, Beatrice and Adelaide. The subtitle of this book is “A Witches Yuletide” which led me to read this just a few days before Christmas in hopes it would get me into the spirit of the holidays, and it did indeed! It takes place in that odd time between Christmas and New Year’s, which always makes me feel a bit unsettled and adrift. It’s hard to get anything serious done because I’m expecting another big holiday shortly, so I never seem to accomplish much, other than waiting, eating and socializing. In a similar fashion, our three protagonists are sitting around the fire roasting chestnuts (literally) when three different messengers arrive bearing invitations to a huge New Years ball thrown by a woman unknown to the witches. Despite some strange circumstances surrounding the event, they all attend, and some crazy, magical, dangerous stuff goes down. Despite this being a ‘holiday’ read, the book was actually quite dark, with people dying plus gruesome demons on display: all within 92 pages! The goodreads reviews on this are mostly positive, with a few people complaining the book was too short because they wanted more of these characters, and are looking for a ‘proper’ sequel soon, which McKay would be a fool not to write, because these books are popular! Some of the other complaints I saw about this story was that the plot felt a bit rushed, which I sort of agree with because quite a bit happens, although I believe this is merely a delaying tactic on the author’s part; she’s trying to build up anticipation for the next installment, and I think publishing a novella as a sort of teaser is quite brilliant. I think the reason for this book and its predecessor’s success is that the three witches all have very distinct but likeable personalities, and we get a detailed, honest look at what these women were truly like back then. I find many female characters come across as stereotypes within historical fiction, but McKay certainly bucks that trend making us feel like we know these women personally even thought a century divides us. They are trailblazers by pushing the limits to what their gender can do at that time, so they’re inspiring as well as entertaining. Before I finish off this review I wanted to give a quick nod to the design as well because this book is stunning. The dust jacket is a beautiful iridescent blue, and the inside pages are filled with gorgeous little illustrations. I wished I had posted my review of this back in December because it would have been the perfect Christmas gift recommendation! Alas, it is still highly recommended by me regardless of the reason for purchasing. To see the review in its original form, please visit my blog: https://ivereadthis.com/2019/01/15/bo...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alison C

    Beatrice, Eleanor and Adelaide - the three Witches of New York - have been enjoying the holiday season, although they are surprised when each of them receives an invitation to a New Year’s Eve masked ball from a woman they have never met. Even more surprising, this woman provides the masks for her many guests! The ball is quickly the most sought-after invitation in town, but nobody who hasn’t already been invited can wrangle one, no matter their social standing. The three witches are intrigued, Beatrice, Eleanor and Adelaide - the three Witches of New York - have been enjoying the holiday season, although they are surprised when each of them receives an invitation to a New Year’s Eve masked ball from a woman they have never met. Even more surprising, this woman provides the masks for her many guests! The ball is quickly the most sought-after invitation in town, but nobody who hasn’t already been invited can wrangle one, no matter their social standing. The three witches are intrigued, and when the evening of the ball arrives, they discover that the woman is even more mysterious than she seems…. This is a short novella, a follow-up to “The Witches of New York,” and as such is quite delightful. Even more, there’s a feminist take on a very old myth, which tickled me no end. I still want many more stories about these characters, but if this fast read is all I can get right now, I’ll take it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The only thing I wish is that this was a longer story. I love these characters and I would read any book about them. As a Christmas novella this was a lovely little book. It was perfect for my flight over Christmas. I keep hoping that Ami McKay will write another book about these characters though I'm sure that she has other things she probably wants to write. You could read this book without reading The Witches of New York but you would get more out of it if you have read it first before this no The only thing I wish is that this was a longer story. I love these characters and I would read any book about them. As a Christmas novella this was a lovely little book. It was perfect for my flight over Christmas. I keep hoping that Ami McKay will write another book about these characters though I'm sure that she has other things she probably wants to write. You could read this book without reading The Witches of New York but you would get more out of it if you have read it first before this novella. Recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 stars rounded up. This is an easy afternoon read that I will definitely reread in Decemeber. Ami McKay revisits my favorite sisters in this small novel and ties up some loose ends from the past. I found this book read differently than her other three novels and didn't have the same, slow "historical fiction type" feel, if that makes any sense. I really love her other stories and found this one was a little rushed. I really would have loved to revisit these characters in another whole novel. 3.5 stars rounded up. This is an easy afternoon read that I will definitely reread in Decemeber. Ami McKay revisits my favorite sisters in this small novel and ties up some loose ends from the past. I found this book read differently than her other three novels and didn't have the same, slow "historical fiction type" feel, if that makes any sense. I really love her other stories and found this one was a little rushed. I really would have loved to revisit these characters in another whole novel. I ordered this book online and had expected it to be a longer novel but this still worked, I really hope she revisits these characters again in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I really enjoy Ami McKay's writing and I loved Witches of New York, so I was excited when I found out there was a sequel. I enjoyed this book as I missed the characters and it was a simple quick read. I really enjoyed how McKay included some recipes in this book as well. However I was disappointed with the length, how rushed it felt and how quickly things were settled. I also feel like i was left with more questions than answerz and truly hope there is another sequel planned to come out soon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    What a lovely little story! It's so good to spend time with the three witches of New York again although this little appetizer has whetted my appetite for a full length sequel. I sincerely hope we get one!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This short volume follows the Yuletide celebrations of the three main characters in Witches of New York, also by Ami McKay. It was well-written, but I'm not ready to say goodbye to Adelaide, Beatrice, and Eleanor just yet. I do hope there's another book on the way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I didn't really like Witches of New York, so I'm not even really sure why I picked this one up... I just still believe in Ami McKay. The only thing I liked about it was that it was short...

  26. 4 out of 5

    ❀ Susan G

    A quick read that follows up with the characters of The Witches of New York. I wished that I had read the two closer together so that their stories were fresh in my mind.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A perfect fireside read for the end of the season!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Margaret

    A very magical holiday story. Glad to see Beatrice gets to stand on her own two feet! And we learn a bit more about Perdu 🦉love the illustrations and recipes included

  29. 5 out of 5

    S.

    That was a delightful little novella. I read it all on Yule.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Davis

    A delightful book in all possible ways... plus... recipes! The perfect book for a winter's eve, and if it's around Yuletide, well, all the better. Enjoy.

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