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October 3, 2022

The White Hare by Jane Johnson ~ a Review

by MK French


In 1954, Magda and Mila buy a new home in White Vally, Cornwall for cheap because of its bloody history. Magda wants to restore the house, and Mila just wants to start over with her daughter Janey. Janey has a vivid imagination, especially toward her rabbit, but stories of an enchanted white hare are frequently told. They don't know if the Hare is a good or evil omen. Or what would happen if it's seen. 

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book cover of gothic romance novel The White Hare by Jane Johnson
October 2022; Simon & Schuster; 978-1982140939
audio, ebook, print (400 pages); historical romance

I really don't like Magda. She's a brittle woman, cutting down Mila and Janey, and blaming Mila for everything that went wrong. Mila accepts that kind of blame, saying she made poor choices and excusing the man that strung her along; it's easy for Magda to declare she would've seen through him after the fact. Magda might say she's not maternal, but the narcissistic traits are downright cruel. I feel so uncomfortable whenever she's on the page. That feeling softens a touch when we discover why she is that way, but I never really warm to her. Janey is a cute five-year-old, and I do love the way the house's history is slowly hinted at, giving a gloomy air over the renovation and introduction to the neighborhood. 

The locals have an established rhythm with nature in the valley, and many hold the Cornish superstitions dear. Once people start being honest about the past, whether it's the history of the house, individuals and their personal history, or even the myths inherent in the Cornish countryside, everything starts falling into place. Mila and Janey are integral to the area getting a makeover, and for healing to begin. The book ends on a hopeful note, and I wish them all well.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 



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