“Weyward” by Emilia Hart – Book Review


“A great many things look different from a distance.
Truth is like ugliness: you need to be close to see it.”


What an entrancing debut novel! Told via three narrators, with three separate timelines, this book kept me spellbound.

Altha 1619 – on trial for witchcraft. Like her mother before her, Altha Weyward is a healer. A woman with an uncanny connection to the natural world.

Violet 1942 –  longs for an education like her brother Graham. Is enthralled by insects and the natural world and will eventually become an entomologist. A traumatic event when she is just sixteen years old sees her living in a tumbledown cottage a few miles from the grand Orton Hall where she grew up. The cottage’s name is ‘Weyward’, and it is where Violet’s own mother Elizabeth, and her maternal grandmother Elinor, once lived.

Kate 2019 – flees her abusive partner in London and seeks refuge in a ramshackle cottage in Cumbria which was left to her by her great-aunt Violet. There, at Weyward, she discovers her true self, her true nature, her genealogical history which explains her preternatural rapport with the natural world around her.

The three women are strong, resilient, and have exceptional abilities. All three of their stories were told in alternate chapters. All were equally compelling.

This was a strong and auspicious debut novel with some elements of the paranormal, yet with a forceful feminist message. Highly recommended!

This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan via NetGalley.

ISBN: 9781250280800    ASIN: B09Y45FSLD    336 pages

Emilia Hart is a British-Australian writer. She was born in Sydney and studied English Literature and Law at the University of New South Wales before working as a lawyer in Sydney and London.

Emilia is a graduate of Curtis Brown Creative’s Three Month Online Novel Writing Course and was Highly Commended in the 2021 Caledonia Novel Award. Her short fiction has been published in Australia and the UK. “Weyward” is her debut novel. She lives in London, England.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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6 Responses to “Weyward” by Emilia Hart – Book Review

  1. Carla says:

    Weyward sounds really good, Lynne. I love that it is about strong women and that Kate finds herself. I hope to read or listen to this soon. Great review.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this one Lynne as I’ve had my eye on it for a short while!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jen Lucas says:

    Nice review. Just bought a copy of this so look forward to reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

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