Book Review: Cider Mill Coven, Vanessa Abigail Lambert


Cider Mill Coven by Vanessa Abigail Lambert
Publisher Coven of One Publishing
Published August 1, 2022
Format: Hardcover and Paperback

Back in March, we attended the 2nd annual 90sCon in Hartford, CT. In a Facebook group for the event, I saw a post from another person, named Vanessa, mentioning that she would be in attendance at a booth. 

When I was growing up, Vanessa was a rare name in my area. To this day, whenever I come across someone with my name, I sort of geek out and feel a form of kinship. It was a no-brainer that I would stop by her booth during the event. Sadly, I did leave without scooping up a copy of her book, but I was able to order an autographed copy online, a day later. 

What I liked...

* The story centers around family members that clearly care deeply for one another, but are also capable of hiding pretty big secrets from each other. 

* Grandma Lydia is one tough lady who loves her grandkids and would protect them with every ounce of her being. I could not help but draw parallels to my own Gram!

* The main characters were easy to be drawn to and root for. My personal favorite, aside from Lydia, was Raven- strong-willed & not afraid to ask questions and not just go with the flow. Some of her actions did get on my nerves though. 

* The description of events, especially those at Spell Cast, were written in such a way that it feels more like a friend sharing stories from a trip they took- where you almost feel like you went along too.

* This book takes place in the 90s and there are so many references that trigger happy memories from my teen years! 

*There is a Spotify Playlist to help "set the scene with a more immersive experience". It is pretty magical. 

I really enjoyed this book. I hope you'll take an opportunity to check it out too!