'The Witch of Tessingham Hall' by Sinéad Spearing
Updated: Nov 17
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Alison, a folk- healer, stands falsely accused of murder by witchcraft, an allegation that sets in motion a powerful curse — "May your women forever wane!" — the spell haunting generations of her accuser's family, sending their women early to their graves.
Eden Flynn – an anxiety-ridden academic of Old English magic is invited for a job interview in the crypt of Southwark Cathedral, where her interviewer, the dashingly handsome geneticist Lord James Fabian, pulls her into the midst of his family secret: his sister is sick, and his daughter is showing signs of the same mental affliction.
Science has failed to find a cure, so with Eden's help he hopes to pursue a different methodology — magic!
Together they re-enact an ancient Old English healing ritual that transports Eden back through time where she meets Alison, who reveals her destiny: only Eden can break the blood curse, curing James's daughter and sending the true witch back to Hell.
Can Eden fulfil her part in the web which has been woven stronger and stronger over hundreds of years? Can she find the strength to break the bonds that bind her and Lord Fabian to the past? And can she live with the changes she will unleash?
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Sinéad Spearing is a writer and historian of psychology specialising in the research of obscure beliefs. She worked as a professional classical musician and teacher before returning to university to study psychology, achieving first-class honors.
She is the author of Old English Medical Remedies, A History of Women in Medicine, and her first novel, The Witch of Tessingham Hall.
When not delving into the supernatural aspects of religion and medicine Sinéad enjoys playing the cello and spending time with her husband and cat in Kent.