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A Buzzfeed Best Gift Book of the YearA dark atmospheric and feminist story of three women in New York City's Gilded Age each determined to thrive in a society hell bent on keeping them down and using their coven to do so BuzzfeedINTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERRespectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl Those averse to magic need not apply New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity Determined to learn the truth about the world its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits Sances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles and many enterprising womensome possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performancefind work as mediumsEnter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St Clair At their humble teashop Tea and Sympathy they provide a place for whispered confessions secret cures and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies who speak the right words and ask the right uestions But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice DunnWhen seventeen year old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl Those averse to magic need not apply she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her Beatrice doesn't know it yet but she is no ordinary small town girl; she has great spiritual giftsones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them There's something about this novel which reminds me of Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet which is not at all a bad thing  Both books are roughly set in Gilded Age New York and both deal with outsiders people who are not like everyone else about how the outcast must find hisher own niche in the world and defend it against foes from all sidesIn the case of The Witches of New York the outsiders are a trio of witches who operate a tea shop where fortunes are told and women who need help with female problems such as clearing the womb receive herbal remediesThe shop is owned by Eleanor St Clair a hereditary witch and keeper of spells and Adelaide Thom who is the fortune teller  Thom whose hard luck life includes being disfigured in an attack by a rival is a difficult and defensive woman St Clair when we meet her is suffering the effects of an unhappy love affair with one of the shop's patrons The third member of the trio Beatrice Dunn is a young woman who wants desperately to make her own way in the world  She's clever and resourceful and when she sees an ad for an assistant to the owners of Tea & Sympathy she feels it's her chance to strike out on her own It's a serendipitous choice because Adelaide and Eleanor are uniuely ualified to deal with Beatrice's newly discovered power to communicate with ghostsAlong the way we meet a handsome doctor who is researching the paranormal a group of religious fanatics who are trying to chase the witches away the vengeful husband of Eleanor's former lover and some fairly mysterious gentlemen who seem to have a deep investment in the three one seemingly for good the others for ill  There's also Perdu a raven who is than just a ravenWhat delights and intrigues me most about this book is the underlying theme of how the company of women is a positive energizing thing Women gather at Tea & Sympathy and its later incarnation to talk about women's issues  They draw power from the association  Men are by no means slighted they are important in the scheme of things but the focus here is on women and it's refreshing and upliftingI have the sense that Witches is the first of a series  So much is left unresolved at the end of the book that I can't see McKay just dropping the threads or the characters And in fact Adelaide is a character from one of McKay's other books  I want and I'm pretty certain that most of the people who read it will feel the same

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The Witches of New York A NovelA Buzzfeed Best Gift Book of the YearA dark atmospheric and feminist story of three women in New York City's Gilded Age each determined to thrive in a society hell bent on keeping them down and using their coven to do so BuzzfeedINTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERRespectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl Those averse to magic need not apply New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity Determined to learn the truth about the world its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits Sances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles and many enterprising womensome possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performancefind work as mediumsEnter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St Clair At their humble teashop Tea and Sympathy they provide a place for whispered confessions secret cures and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies who speak the right words and ask the right uestions But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice DunnWhen seventeen year old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl Those averse to magic need not apply she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her Beatrice doesn't know it yet but she is no ordinary small town girl; she has great spiritual giftsones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them The idea for the story intrigued me but goodness the plot really took time to get going There seemed to be too much time spent on descriptions of everything and the pace of the story suffered You really don't get a sense of where the story is going till almost half way in the book and then sadly the ending chapters feel rushed plus some things are not explained Perdu for example ??? I have no doubt this story would make a great tv mini series such as the likes of Penny Dreadful ect but as a book it could have done with uping the pace in the start and then giving to the story at the end

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mobi Ú The Witches of New York ò read ¹ join or create book clubs ´ ❮BOOKS❯ ✮ The Witches of New York: A Novel Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A Buzzfeed Best Gift Book of the YearA dark atmospheric and feminist story of three women in NA Buzzfeed Best Gift Book of the YearA dark atmospheric and feminist story of three women in New York City's Gilded Age each determined to thrive in a society hell bent on keeping them down and using their coven to do so BuzzfeedINTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERRespectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl Those averse to magic need not apply New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity Determined to learn the truth about the world its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits Sances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles and many enterprising womensome possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performancefind work as mediumsEnter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St Clair At their humble teashop Tea and Sympathy they provide a place for whispered confessions secret cures and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies who speak the right words and ask the right uestions But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice DunnWhen seventeen year old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl Those averse to magic need not apply she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her Beatrice doesn't know it yet but she is no ordinary small town girl; she has great spiritual giftsones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them This book was so well written I loved the characters so much they were diverse in personalities but you could see how they would become close friends I loved the Perdu character so much The descriptives in the story were really good but still left enough to the readers' own imagination Visually the book design was lovely and enjoyed all the advertspicturesclippingsdrawings great for those of us who enjoy having an actual book not sure how this would be for kindle readers History was cleverly interlaced throughout the story some of which I hadn't known about and enjoyed finding out through internet searches I hope these characters are in some future books or perhaps revisited in some way This was one of those books you want toget to the end of to find out what happens but you're a bit sad when it's finished