BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge: The Witch House of Persimmon Point

It’s that time of the year! The leaves are changing colors. Everything is pumpkin flavored. And, there are new books to snuggle up with next to the fireplace. It’s time for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! Continuing with the university theme, we are in our junior year and will be covering a variety of topics. Make yourself a Pumpkin Pecan Pie Smoothie, and let’s get started!

Join me for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! Fans of Southern Gothic literature won't want to miss The Witch House of Persimmon Point!

Book: The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri

Course Title: Southern Witchcraft 401

Department: Gothic Literature

Description: When Byrd Whalen returns to her family’s ancestral home to uncover secrets threatening to destroy a legacy she holds dear, the dark haunted histories of the Amore women reveal themselves, leading Byrd to question everything she’s ever believed about herself in Palmieri’s fourth novel.

My thoughts on The Witch House of Persimmon Point

Last year I read Suzanne Palmieri’s The Witch of Bourbon Street for BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge, so I was excited to get the chance to read another one of her books. However, her latest novel takes a darker and more personal turn, delving into child abuse, teen pregnancy, and generations of bad choices.

When a book opens with a trigger warning, you know you are in for a ride, and while Palmieri mostly avoids graphic material, the Amore women experience many disturbing situations with consequences that trickle down the generations. Palmieri’s lyrical writing spins a tale of women held hostage to the past and a house haunted by the crimes that everyone looked past.

The Witch House of Persimmon Point is a sad, angry, moving novel that can best be summed up by this quote from one of its characters: “It’s a book of spells. Dark magic, Mama. Deep dark loss magic. It’s a book of loss and shadow and secrets…”

You can find out more about Suzanne Palmieri by visiting her website.

Join me for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! From historical fiction to action packed thrillers, this university themed reading challenge is not to be missed.

This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge.

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14 comments

  1. Again, so nice to be at Links a la Mode! And this book seems to be OK – I like things with witches! The witch house at Persimmon place sounds a nice title and the “dark spell” triggers us to read the book! Atfirst I thought it was about spells 🙂 But now I see it’s more than that – many emotions involved, I like deep readings. Hope you have a very nice week!
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  2. The premise of the book sounds intriguing, but I don’t know if I’d want to read it after what you said about it. I have so little time to really read a complete book these days that I prefer to read ones that are a little less dark.

  3. Growing up I was an avid reader; I would leave my family while they were watching TV and read books by myself. I enjoy expanding my horizons and using my imagination. I recently joined a book club and I looking a join a few more, being around book lovers can be addicting.