Friday, April 28, 2017

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Witch by Denise Weimer


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Book: Witch
Author: Denise Weimer
Genre: Modern romantic light suspense with a historical back story
Release Date: April 1, 2017

The Restoration Trilogy: When Jennifer Rushmore accepts a brooding bachelor’s job offer to act as coordinator for the restoration of his family’s historic doctor’s house (WHITE), apothecary (WIDOW) and log cabin (WITCH) in a rural Georgia community, little does she know it’s her own heart that will undergo the greatest renovation. Three stories. Three centuries. Three lessons on the healing of the heart. And one buried mystery that threatens their redemption.

WITCH, Book Three: Having restored Michael Johnson’s ancestors’ house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael’s been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love?

My Thougts:

So the title, Witch by author Denise Weimer, seemed ominous and I wasn’t sure what I was getting ready to read.  I will tell you that this story surprised in more ways than one.  First off this is not a story about witches or curses, it is also a third book in The Restoration Trilogy and I have not read the first two.  I do think to get the full wraparound story of the contemporary it would be best to read all in order.  However, due to lack of time I did not but this did not stop me from ultimately enjoying this book even more than I thought.

What is unique about this story is that it is mainly a contemporary story, about restoring historical landmarks, but running through it is the story of the ancestors how they lived and believed and ultimately trusted in God.  This story started in 1787 in Georgie at the beginning of a Native American raid.  And I must say that that beginning hooked and reeled me in.  The author wrote with such authentic emotion I felt I was there with the taste of fear in my mouth.  When the story suddenly brought me back to this century, I must admit I was a bit disappointed.  I wanted to read more and see how the historical story unfolded.  This book also does not shy away from the violence of those raids but does describe some of the horrors as honestly and gently as possible.

I will admit it took me awhile to really get involved in the current timeline.  Part of it might have been that I was not invested enough with the current relationships and people and I could not wait to get back to the historical timeline.  But as the current timeline unfolded it began to take a life of its own to the point that I was getting aggravated for my need to sleep, I wanted to stay up all night if need be to reach the conclusion of both timelines. 

This was a great story of forgiveness, letting go, and different kinds of pride.  Truths we all need to be reminded of now again were expertly woven into this story.  Ms. Weimer is a new to me author and I look forward to her future works.

I received a copy of this book for free.  I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author


DENISE WEIMER holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. A former magazine writer, she is the author of romantic novella REDEEMING GRACE, The Georgia Gold Series (SAUTEE SHADOWS, THE GRAY DIVIDE, THE CRIMSON BLOOM, and BRIGHT AS GOLD – winner of the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for outstanding Southern literature) and The Restoration Trilogy (WHITE, WIDOW and WITCH). Denise is a wife and swim mom of two daughters who always pauses for old houses, coffee and chocolate!



Guest post from Denise Weimer


The first thing I want to tell you about Witch is … it’s not scary! Hang with me, and I’ll share more about the title.

The Restoration Trilogy mixes a unique tonic … the budding of a romance and friendships in a humorous, small-town community, a splash of suspense, and spiritual and emotional healing. Check out the summaries above.

The restoration my parents did on a real life doctor’s house and apothecary shop inspired this series. As I watched them work and learn about the historical line of doctors associated with their property, I realized how much a physical restoration project can mirror the spiritual work God wants to do in each of us. And that’s exactly what happens with Michael and Jennifer, who both conceal areas of brokenness from their pasts. As they come together to restore his family buildings, the stories they uncover about his ancestors reveal truths they need to apply in their own lives:
  • Family connection from the 1920s story of Georgia Pearl as they restore the house (White)
  • Forgiveness from the 1860s story of Charlotte as they restore the apothecary (Widow)
  • Faithfulness from the 1780s story of Verity as they restore the log cabin (Witch)
The title of each novel – and the cover – reflects that struggle of the historical heroine. Eventually each, as well as Michael and Jennifer, learn that only God, the Master Renovator and the Great Physician, can heal their broken places.

So here’s your prescription, should you choose to accept it by entering into this grand prize giveaway!

Grand Prize Gift Basket From Durham Apothecary & Museum: Take from a homemade tea pocket one of the selection of special teas. While brewing thy favorite tea, dispense liberally from the tea cookie tin onto a china plate. Prop up thy feet and commence thy reading journey through a print copy of White, Widow AND Witch! After a goodly time of rest and reflection, take up thy quill (ahem, I mean set of decorative pens) and record pearls of wisdom in thy new journal. When they husband and children begin to grumble, rise with fresh vigor to prepare a meal from Farmer’s Almanac Colonial Cookbook.

Second place prize: an e-book copy of Witch (or any other one book of The Restoration Trilogy)

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To celebrate her tour, Denise is giving away:

A Grand Prize Gift Basket From Durham Apothecary & Museum: Take from a homemade tea pocket one of the selection of special teas. While brewing thy favorite tea, dispense liberally from the tea cookie tin onto a china plate. Prop up thy feet and commence thy reading journey through a print copy of White, Widow AND Witch! After a goodly time of rest and reflection, take up thy quill (ahem, I mean set of decorative pens) and record pearls of wisdom in thy new journal. When thy husband and children begin to grumble, rise with fresh vigor to prepare a meal from Farmer’s Almanac Colonial Cookbook.

Second place prize: an e-book copy of Witch (or any other one book of The Restoration Trilogy)
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b57b

2 comments:

  1. Another great review. I'm not a huge contemporary reader unless there is some pnr but mixing some historical in will totally make me happy :)

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  2. Sounds like it would be an interesting read

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