Author: Ruth Warburton
Release Date: July 5, 2012 (paperback)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Source: Copy provided by publisher
Overall: 4 Stars
Anna still finds it hard to believe that Seth loves her and has vowed to suppress her powers, no matter what. But magic - like love - is uncontrollable and soon, Anna is being hunted. Abe wants Anna to embrace her power, while Seth is pushing Anna to accept that his feelings are real. She finally does ... a moment too late. Suddenly, it's like the Salem witch trials all over again: burnings, torture and faceless judgements. In the face of the ultimate betrayal, who will save her?The second novel in the Winter trilogy, this follows the critically acclaimed debut A Witch in Winter.
Several months have passed since the events in the first novel, A Witch in Winter, and Anna is happily in love with Seth, although a part of herself still secretly doubts his feelings are true because of the enchantment she accidentally cast when they first met. Trying to forget the Ealdwitan's attack on the coastal town of Winter, Anna tries her best to act normal and represses her magic. Emmaline and Abe know Anna is capable of becoming a powerful witch, but she'll never learn how to properly control her powers if she's too afraid to practice using them. Despite Anna's best efforts though, danger still finds its way back into her life...
Emmaline continued to be a supportive best friend who stood by Anna's side, and also tried to help Anna be more confident in her abilities. She's the only person Anna can trust to confide in when she learns more about her mother's mysterious disappearance years ago and how it's connected to why it took her so long to discover she was a witch. I also have very affectionate feelings for Abe! He has a stronger role to play this time around and Abe really pulls through for Anna when she needs it the most!
One of the issues I had with A Witch in Winter was the the strength of Anna and Seth's feelings for each other and how suddenly they came about. However, I found the romance to be much more believable in A Witch in Love because of the passage of time between the two novels. I still don't think there's anything particularly special about Seth which leaves me swooning, but if he makes Anna happy, then I guess I'm glad for her. I think I'm still a bit more partial to Abe though!
A Witch in Love is a spellbinding sequel that will leave readers desperately wishing for the final novel in the trilogy! It's a good thing there's only a few more months until the release of A Witch Alone because I cannot wait to see how Ruth Warburton will conclude Anna's story. A Witch in Love combines mystery, romance, and the magic of witchcraft to deliver an addicting read you won't want to put down!
Thanks so much to Hachette Children's Books UK for sending this review copy!