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Book Review: The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais


A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby–one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years–will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.

Funny, tender, and uplifting, the novel explores the formidable power that can be discovered in aging, found family, and unlikely friendships. Marais’ clever prose offers as much laughter as insight, delving deeply into feminism, identity and power dynamics while stirring up intrigue and drama through secrets, lies and sex. Heartbreaking and heart-mending, it will make you grateful for the amazing women in your life.


An amazing, entertaining, and original book from start to finish!

I absolutely loved this! I wasn’t sure exactly how this scenario was going to play out but I loved every moment. Bianca’s writing is so beautiful. The diction was nearly pedantic but wasn’t over done or too pretentious. It definitely characterized the witches as witty, intelligent, and funny.

I thought that I would get confused with all of the witches but I grew to love and adore each one! I was able to easily distinguish them.

The plot: race against time to save their home at the same time revealing secrets

This plot could have been fast-paced, however, I feel that Ms. Marais slowed it down a bit to really hone in and focus on the characters
More so, the witches. This is not your typical witch story. These are some fiery and funny witches! So the pacing did not negatively affect the story, it allowed readers to learn more about them and to connect with them.

I enjoyed this experience. Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for my free copy.

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