A week ago I was walking through Barnes & Noble not searching for anything in particular. In fact I had decided, before walking into the store that I was not going to pick up any books. I have a few on my Kindle that I’ve started and not finished yet. Not because I’m not enjoying them but …. shiny object syndrome.
Anyway, true to self I wound up walking out with a new book (after paying for it, of course). A Witch inTime by Constance Sayers. I knew nothing about the author and I knew nothing about the book. In fact, I hadn’t even seen anyone talking about it or seen it on any of the review publications I read. Regardless, I picked it up from the new arrival shelves and read the inside cover.
Helen Lambert has lived several lives….
How could I not bring this baby home? The book took me by surprise. From the first page… Actually, from the blurb I was so completely taken in with it.
The story follows the lives of three women who are actually one woman. Helen Lambert’s marriage to a famous art dealer is falling apart and her friend set her up on a blind date with a strange man who winds up revealing to her that he had been protecting her for centuries and that, in fact, she had been the one who had summoned him to that blind date. At first she thinks he’s a crazy guy and doesn’t want anything to do with him but shortly after the date she begins having very vivid dreams about all her past lives.
Helen, a witch, is a woman caught in a course badly performed which winds up throwing her and her protectant into a loop where every 35 years, around the time of her birthday, she calls for him to help her and he comes. They begin a relationship where they both fall in love with each other and he saves her from whatever bad romance/marriage she finds herself in. This time, during her Helen incarnation, it appears that her powers are such that she is finally going to be able to break the curse. However, in order to do that she must kill her protectant. Knowing how she feels about him, will she be able to do it?
This is Constance’s debut novel. I think the writing was great. The description was just enough to make me feel like I was included in the story. The characters were three dimensional and we could see Helen’s growth throughout the story.
If I had one complaint about this book would be that the third incarnation felt too unreal and maybe even rushed. I could not understand all the people involved in it and was not sure what their real role in the story was.
I am so glad I picked up this book and I cannot wait to see more by this author.
My first five star read of 2020.