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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Trouble with Becoming a Witch by Amy Edwards is an emotional journey about breaking free and finding yourself. Veronica feels stifled in her marriage. Every conversation between them turns into a fight and she knows something needs to change. As she explores new avenues in her life, she finds a whole other side of herself through learning more about spirituality and having fun casting spells, even if she must keep it secret from her husband. Everyone has a breaking point and Veronica has found hers. She knows she needs to do what’s best for herself and for her daughter, but something is holding her back.
The story focuses on Veronica’s journey of self-discovery which is rooted in her exploration of spirituality and the confinement caused by her estranged marriage. Spirituality plays a large role in her discovery as it represents her striving to gain the freedom to be herself while her marriage represents what stifles her and keeps her from being herself. She’s not able to think differently or explore new aspects of spirituality such as even looking up witches. A deep appreciation for the movie The Craft drives Veronica’s curiosity about witches and sparks her desire to explore other aspects of herself to find what makes her happy. She’s spent so long living a life that’s expected of her and seemingly playing a part in this image of what her husband has in mind for how their family should look. It’s easy to relate to her struggles as she goes through her daily routine on autopilot and the confinement of her marriage is a constant presence throughout the story keeping her from breaking free.
Amy Edwards delves into relationships through the eyes of someone that isn’t happy in her life by focusing specifically on the moments right at the end of a marriage. The voice is honest and genuine which allows Veronica to feel like a normal person that you can connect to. Edwards includes moments of freedom that Veronica finds by being with her daughter or being with her friends. The story has a clear contrast between her friends who support her to be herself and the in-laws that want her to stay in this idealistic image. The Trouble with Becoming a Witch is an emotional journey that will resonate with you through a realistic voice that follows the journey of a woman that strives to find herself.