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Louisa Morgan

Louise Marley/ Toby Bishop/Louisa Morgan(1952- )
Louisa Morgan is a pseudonym used by author Louise Marley. She used to be a concert and opera singer, but now indulges her taste for the dramatic by writing fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction with a dash of the fantastic under her own name and the pseudonyms Toby Bishop and Louisa Morgan. She also teaches young adult and adult writer’s workshops, and teaches for the Long Ridge Writers Group. Learn more at Louise Marley’s website.

A Secret History of Witches: Mothers and daughters across five generations

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

At nearly 500 pages, Louisa Morgan’s A Secret History of Witches (2017) might seem daunting, but it’s partitioned into five sections, individually focusing on a subsequent member of the Orchiére family as they flee persecution in France, set up roots in England, and eventually become involved in World War II. I zipped through this book in an afternoon, and while romance does have its own part to play, the interactions between mothers and their daughters is the most significant aspect of the novel.

Throughout centuries, Orchiére women have cultivated magical gifts, ranging from basic charms or talismans to complex spell-crafting and scrying, assisted by their animal familiars. Naturally, such behavior is poorly received by surrounding townsfolk and their own husbands from time to time, with reactions tending toward the murderous. But wheth... Read More