A Lock of Hair by A. Rose Pritchett
Narrator: Melanie Huesz
Length: 6 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: A. Rose Pritchett
Released: June 11, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction; Young Adult
Boston, 1846. Eighteen-year-old Mildred Parish, a barber's daughter, practices practical witchcraft using locks of hair obtained from her father's customers. She's very selective about who knows her secret and the kinds of spells she casts. Only people she trusts can know, and she must never cast a spell to harm another person.
One of her father's clients is Theodore O'Brian, an Irish immigrant whose family is fortunate enough to be wealthy. Mildred is head over heels in love with him, but he's destined to be with someone else. One day, a woman named Trinity Hartell comes knocking on Mildred's door. She has a vendetta against an entire family and wants Mildred to cast a death spell on them. The family? The O'Brians, including Theodore. Mildred refuses, but Trinity is set on getting what she wants, one way or another.
Mildred now feels she must protect the O'Brian family and the man she loves, but she must also protect herself. How can she make sure Trinity is stopped without telling the entire city of Boston that she's a witch?
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
I was pleasantly surprised when i listened to the book and discovered it wasn't anything like what i imagined it would be!
This is a clever, endearing tale of a "Christian" witch whose father moved them from Salem to Boston, after the death of his wife.
Mildred is one of a line of witches who use their powers to help people>> They never use the power for harm to anyone. Although the "Salem witch trials" are past and illegal now, Mildred only allows a few trusted individuals to know of her witchery. Her father is a barber so she discretely gather's a lock of hair of the individuals ho are in need of help.
Theodore O'Brian is a prominent Irish Catholic resident who she is madly in love with but he is promised to another and is beyond her "class' in society. He does not know she is a witch. She is faced with a dilemma when one day a woman come to her door with a death wish for the O'Brian men. How can Mildred Theodore without disclosing the reason why this woman came to her to have the men killed. Havoc "breaks loose" and the events that follow is devastating!
This is a really interesting story and is a great controversial object for discussion by Book Clubs. Te characters are very realistic and easily connected to. The scenes are graphic and very vividly visualized.
Narrator, Melanie Huesz, was a perfect fit for this tale. She narrated with energy and "voices" which fit each character perfectly. She never faltered and kept the reader's interest from the beginning until the very end.
I offer a Five Stars rating for the overall story and performance.
This audio was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Rose Pritchett's writing career started in kindergarten when she daydreamed about being a fairy princess instead of learning subtraction. Her childhood obsession with American Girl turned her into an avid history lover.
At seventeen, she moved from her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, where she earned her BA in writing with a history minor from Georgia Southern University. She continues to live in Savannah, still daydreaming about princesses wearing gorgeous dresses. A LOCK OF HAIR is her debut novel.
ABOUT the NARRATOR:
Melanie Huesz is new to audiobook production and narration, but not new to performing. She has an MFA in acting and was a graduate fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger. Before moving from the stage to the classroom, her acting roles included ingenues, leading ladies, and character roles.
As a middle school teacher and an avid audiobook listener with more than 300 books in her audio library, Melanie has seen the power of bringing books to life in her classroom and was inspired to return to performing through narration. Drawn to the world of YA, she has spent the summer recording three new novels aimed at young adults.
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