Word On The Street
Jacob Norbdy - Author of The Divine Arsonist
I love being surprised by a book which bends my own expectations of it and seduces me into believing that the story might be more than just possible--it might be real. This is what Lenora Henson has done with her debut novel. Now I have read the first two books in this series and can't wait for more. I'm glad there is a lot more to come because this tale weaves psychology, spirituality, mythology, romance and suspense into a modern story with ancient roots. The incantation repeated by many of the witchy characters sends pleasantly ominous shivers through me every time - "whit's fur ye'll no go by ye."
Joanna DeVoe - KickAss Witch
I am always on the lookout for a great piece of witchy fiction. It must have some romance, a bit of intrigue, and, of course, plenty of magic. The Wicked Garden meets all of these requirements and more. It has depth and built-in suspense, thanks to the author's knack for creating characters who feel authentic. These are characters to invest in and root for, which is fantastic, considering this book is the first in an ongoing series. I am definitely hooked and looking forward to reading more! - Joanna DeVoe
Dawn Champine - The Goddess Diaries
The Wicked Garden Series is an epic tale for the modern mystic. A story of grit and soul, Lenora Henson explores grand themes of ancestral healing and sexual shame with a twist of magical realism.
Gretchel, the main protagonist, is haunted by the ghosts of her past and struggles throughout this story to heal herself of the shame and inherited guilt passed down from generations of "loose" women in her family.
Henson's cast of characters (Gretchel, Eli, Ame, Ms. Poni, Diana and Peter Stewart and the rest!) each serve a very specific role in a mysterious curse that has plagued them for centuries. We witness each character's challenges and triumphs play out through multiple generations and all over the globe, but Henson has woven this grand story together in a way that is both believable and truly remarkable. Each book in the series reveals another piece of the puzzle, leaving the reader salivating for what is to come next... I've read all five books in the series so far and highly anticipate how the tale ends with Book Six. Will Gretchel ever be able to forgive herself and save her family? Will she be able to save herself? I can't wait to find out!
Thank you, Lenora, for crafting this wild tale!
This book is brilliantly and beautifully written! I highly recommend it for all readers looking to add something new and unexpected to their collections. I love the author's ability to weave a convincing and engaging tale full of vivid symbolism and deep Jungian concepts. Bravo!
Wow... what a glorious, magical, tumultuous read! I can't quite believe this is a first novel. Lenora Henson seems to have an intrinsic understanding of angst and personal demons that resounds again and again in The Wicked Garden. So frequently, I found myself alternating between wanting to embrace and wanting to bitch-slap the main character, Gretchel, but somehow, through all the turmoil, it's clear that her past and her ghosts are so damaging that her resultant instability and search for redemption is the only thing keeping her upright. Really engrossing, and I cannot wait to see what the other books in the series bring for these characters... clearly, The Wicked Garden was a setup for much bigger doings to come. SO worth the read... especially if you're constantly on the lookout for 'deeper' paranormal books with adult relationships and emotion. I'm officially a huge fan of Lenora Henson.
Fantastic story! Ms Henson's characters immediately drew me into the story. I was captivated by Gretchel, her family at Snyder Farms, and the path she was destined for. I wasn't expecting a love story and was pleasantly surprised to find The Wicked Garden is one, as Gretchel learns to love again after escaping an abusive marriage with help from the power of her ancestors. Henson seamlessly connects multiple characters from multiple story lines into one cohesive masterpiece. Recommend to anyone looking for a complex read that will have you spellbound from beginning to end.