Hello, fellow audiobook fans. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about We Witch You A Merry Christmas by Louisa West read by Johanna Parker. The second audiobook in Louisa’s paranormal women’s fiction series, Midlife in Mosswood.
My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Media, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.
What’s We Witch You A Merry Christmas about?
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Title: We Witch You A Merry Christmas by Louisa West
Series: Midlife in Mosswood #3
Published by Tantor Audio on 8 June, 2021
Genres: Later in Life, Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF), Witchcraft
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Length: 4 hours 43 minutes
All she wants for Christmas is some peace and quiet. But Santa - and the local sheriff's office - might just have her on the naughty list.
Rosemary Bell's got a brand new bag. She has a great circle of friends, a sexy Irish boyfriend, and a daughter following in her witchy footsteps. But when she becomes the prime suspect in her grinch husband's disappearance, the halls she'll be decking might be behind bars.
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook
Listened To: 4th – 6th December 2021
Louisa has already written and published 6 titles in this series as ebooks and paperbacks with a couple more planned for 2022. However, she’s now teamed up with Tantor Media to create the whole series on audiobook!
What did I think about it?
A Festive Tale of Family Secrets Unveiled and The Value of True Friendship.
Louisa West is still a relatively new-to-me author. However, this third story in the Midlife in Mosswood series has cemented Louisa as an author I want to fill my library with.
Louisa has created a wealth of characters for this series.
Our protagonist, Rosie, is surrounded by great characters. Her daughter, Maggie, boyfriend Declan, best friend Tammy, and good friend Ben. The Mosswood townsfolk are a diverse group, showcasing lots of different characteristics.
This series is my only experience of Johanna Parker’s narration.
Once again, I really enjoyed the pace at which Johanna read this story. The emotions and inflexions she used for the different scenes felt natural and brought them to life. I loved her lilting southern accent for Rosie, her daughter Maggie and the townsfolk of Mosswood. Unfortunately, what lets her down is the Irish accent she uses for Declan. It still jars on me and I don’t think the tone fits his character. Think Dick Van Dyke trying to capture the Londoner’s accent – just no – stop! Declan continues to play a major role in this series and I had to try very VERY hard to ignore Johanna’s portrayal of him. However, it didn’t distract me enough to stop me from enjoying the story as a whole.
I love the host of characters in this story.
Our protagonist, Rosie continues to grow in my estimations, exhibiting all the personality traits that I love. She’s intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has oodles of gumption. I love Rosie’s relationship with her daughter, Maddie, and enjoyed watching the two as Maddie grows in confidence too. Declan and Tammy have become strong supporting characters. They both had their own issues to deal with in this story, but I liked how the dynamics of the friendships changed and evolved. I loved listening to how Rosie, Maggie, Declan and Tammy dealt with the challenges in this story.
We Witch You A Merry Christmas is a wonderful story about family and friendship.
We Witch You A Merry Christmas has a great balance of magical stuff and the mundane pros and cons of small-town idiosyncrasies. I loved the mix of humour, suspense and romance, plus, there’s no life-or-death perilous cliffhanger at the end! WoopWoop! But most of all, I loved the feeling of empowerment I was left with after listening to Rosie and Tammy’s struggles and how they both rose to the challenges their lives threw at them. It was inspirational!
I’ve already got the next audiobook – Get Witch Quick – waiting in my library. I’m looking forward to finding out what adventures Rosie, Declan and Maggie get caught up in next!
Keep reading to find out more about Louisa West. But first I want to share the Midlife in Mosswood series with you.
Midlife in Mosswood by Louisa West
Starting over is never easy.
Midlife in Mosswood is a paranormal women’s fiction (PWF) series about second chances. Rosemary (Rosie) Bell is a woman in her forties who musters the strength to escape with her daughter from her toxic husband and his MC life to start anew in the small town of Mosswood.
Titles in the Series
- New Witch on the Block (Midlife in Mosswood #1) (2020)
- Jealousy’s a Witch (Midlife in Mosswood #2) (2020)
- We Witch You A Merry Christmas (Midlife in Mosswood #3) (2020)
- Get Witch Quick (Midlife in Mosswood #4)
- Son Of A Witch (Midlife in Mosswood #5)
- Witch Way To Salem (Midlife in Mosswood #6)
- How The Witch Saved Christmas (Midlife in Mosswood #7)
- A Nice Day For A Witch Wedding (Midlife in Mosswood #8)
- Can’t Witch This (Midlife in Mosswood #9)
- You Look Familiar (Midlife in Mosswood Novella)
Now, as promised here’s some information about Louisa and her social media links.
And because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s the narrator’s bio.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about We Witch You A Merry Christmas. Have you read this one or any others by Louisa West? Have you listened to any of Johanna Parker’s narrations? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you. We can chat audiobooks! 😉
Before you go, find out why I love stories with an older female protagonist. Check out my Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF) page!
Bye for now,