Housewitch: A Novel by Katie Schickel

By Katie Schickel

Allison Darling, former foster baby, now a stay-at-home mother of 3, desperately desires to slot in with the natural latte ingesting, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants-wearing mothers who run Monrovia, her fascinating seashore village. continually feeling like an interloper, Allison desires of extra for her children.

When the Glamour ladies, a soap-selling corporation run by means of the main charismatic and strong girls on the town, recruits Allison, she jumps on the invitation. The Glamor women have a hand in every thing in Monrovia, from bake revenues to enterprise bargains. this can be what Allison's sought after her entire life—to be loved. To be well known. To belong.

After Allison's estranged mom passes away, she learns her family's heartbreaking legacy and the key Allison's been battling to suppress all her existence emerges: she's a witch. What's extra, she's now not the one one on the town. There's extra to the Glamour women then it seems... and as soon as you're a Glamour lady, there's no going back.

Allison needs to use her rediscovered magic to safeguard Monrovia, safeguard her marriage and her kids, and reclaim her legacy. scuffling with teeth and nail for her relations is straightforward, yet what approximately for herself? Is it too past due to confront her personal demons and turn into the girl she desires of being? [/i]
"Katie Schickel's debut entertains whereas delightfully skewering our culture's obsession with household perfection. within the spirit of John Updike's [i]Witches of Eastwick and Alice Hoffman's useful Magic, Schickel casts a spell all her personal. Housewitch takes us deep contained in the darkish arts of twenty first century motherhood and flickers with unforeseen magic." —Amber Dermont, manhattan occasions bestselling writer of The Starboard Sea

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The heads were forwarded to Otomo Sorin in Usuki, who was much encouraged thereby. The heroic Myorin-ni was clearly in the thick of the fighting because during one assault she sustained a deep arrow wound and was captured. The Shimazu general Nomura treated her with the greatest respect and took her to the castle of Takashiro. Ironically this was the castle where a siege in 1578 had led to the battle of Mimigawa and the death of Myorin-ni's husband. She did not recover from the wound, and died there in the same place as her husband.

One of these was Anotsu in Ise Province (modern Tsu in Mie Prefecture). Tomita Nobutaka held it for Ieyasu, and when he was called away to serve the Tokugawa Anotsu came under attack from Ishida Mitsunari's army under Nabeshima Katsushige (1580-1657). As in other similar cases, Tomita's wife Yuki no kata took charge of the situation and defended the castle successfully for the Tokugawa. The samurai woman who became associated with Veda Castle was Komatsu-dono (1573-1620), the daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu's famous retainer Honda Tadakatsu (1548-1610).

Among the dead at Mimigawa lay the 30-year-old Yoshioka Shigeoki, the keeper of Tsurusaki Castle that lay between two rivers a little to the east of Funai. His son Yoshioka Munemasu was only ten years old, and so great had been the swathes cut into the Otomo leadership that there was no alternative but to leave Tsurusaki Castle for the meantime in the capable hands of Shigeoki's widow Myorin-ni. Over the next few years Myorin-ni did indeed prove to be highly capable in the peacetime administration of the castle while Otomo Sorin consolidated his position now that any hopes of expansion had been curtailed.

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