By Kate Brian
The 12 months is 1915 whilst sixteen-year-old Eliza Williams arrives on the Billings tuition for ladies in Easton, Connecticut. Her mom and dad count on her to benefit the features of a sleek, dutiful spouse. yet Eliza and her housemates have a deadly mystery: They’re witches. After discovering a dusty, leather-bound spell ebook, the Billings ladies shape a mystery coven. Bonded in sisterhood, they forged spells—cursing their headmistress with laryngitis, brewing potions to strengthen their braveness earlier than dances, and conjuring appealing clothes out of previous rags. the ladies flavor freedom and gear for the 1st time, yet what starts off out as blameless enjoyable turns sinister whilst one of many spells has an unexpected—and deadly—consequence. Magic might convey Eliza every thing she’s ever wanted…but it might additionally spoil every little thing she holds expensive.
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She hoped they contained al the books she had never been al owed to read inside her mother’s house. “That long, rectangular building is Prescott,” Catherine continued as the coach drove on. ” Alice wrinkled her nose. “Gymnasium? ” “Physical fitness, I believe,” Catherine joked. “But I hate exercise,” Alice pouted. “Real y? I love it,” Eliza said. ” “Ugh,” Alice groaned, rol ing her eyes as she leaned into Eliza from behind. “But don’t you hate to perspire? ” “A necessary evil, I’m afraid,” Eliza said, pleased when Catherine laughed.
My father’s currently on a steamer bound for Portugal,” Theresa said, holding her lantern aloft. ” Lavender asked. She had insisted on bringing up the rear so she could keep an eye on everyone. “I say a lot of things,” Theresa replied under her breath. Suddenly Eliza heard a scrabbling sound, as if claws were scraping against the stone floor. She froze. “Turn back,” a voice whispered in her ear, so close that a shiver raced down her spine. “We can’t turn back now, Viola,” Eliza said. ” Viola said with a confused look.
Theresa paused. She turned around and raised her eyebrows. ” “Yes, real y,” Eliza said firmly. “I am not my sister. ” “We’l see about that,” Theresa said. Agreed Runaway slaves walked these steps, Eliza thought excitedly. They touched these walls. Of course, the runaway slaves probably didn’t have Petit Peu barking nonstop behind them, his high-pitched yap echoing off the wal s. Genevieve and Marilyn had final y agreed to meet the boys, while Clarissa had stayed behind, listlessly promising to tel Helen that the others had gone to bed.