ARC Review – Salt and Broom, by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Salt & Broom by Sharon Lynn Fisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sharon Lynn Fisher has created an absolute page turner recency romance with a witchy twist, high stakes mystery, and all the magic of the autumn season one needs for a cozy weekend.

Huge thanks to Sharon Lynn Fisher for sharing an ARC with me in exchange for an honest review. I first became acquainted with her writing in 2020 when I read an ARC of The Warrior Poet, which I also immensely enjoyed.

Fisher’s writing draws you in, creates a world with the details you need without being overly purple or wordy, but still with a sophisticated flare that I can’t stop reading.

It’s been awhile since I started a book I just didn’t want to put down and this one was definitely hard to pause. It starts us right off in the adventure and doesn’t slow down for a second.

I love Jane’s inner monologue, it just added such a spunky layer of complexity to her character that connected me to her, like we were best friends sharing intimate thoughts about the sticky situation of the scene.

I thought the romance and tension between Jane and Mr. Rochester was lovely and well-developed. It wasn’t eye-rolley or cringy. Not too in your face for the story, and it was very much in line with the classics like Pride and Prejudice and the OG Jane Eyre. I was pleasantly satisfied by how well the romance arc complimented the overarching story. Neither was too overpowering for the other in the slightest.

I adored the witchy spellwork and herbology woven in. It reminded me just a little of Once and Future Witches, and I would say if you enjoyed that book then this one is definitely a must read. Like OaFW, the magic was ingrained in the storyline and the character and it was not inserted as an afterthought. Fisher handled this brilliantly.

I particularly loved reading this in October, since the story takes place in October as well, and it just made the scenes that much more sensory to me as I read, which I also loved. It also has some creepy/haunting themes which makes it a lovely cross-over for spooky reads/Halloween season.

I enjoyed all the characters. They each had unique voices and all were well written into the story. There were quite a few of them, but every one had a unique role that revealed clues to the mystery surrounding Thornfield. Several times I was caught by surprise. Though I will say, some of the revelations weren’t completely shocking (and I was fine with this), but a couple of them were, and I was so delighted how neatly Fisher had set everything up.

This wasn’t a long book, 266 pages, and that was the perfect length, and the perfect pace for this story. A very fun, quick read, perfect for Jane Austen/Charlotte Bronte lovers who love rejency slow burn romances and also enjoy stories with well threaded magical twists.

This would be the perfect read for a rainy weekend curled up with a pumpkin spice cappuccino.

Salt and Broom officially publishes on 1 December and is currently available for pre-order in multiple formats and everywhere you buy books! Click here for the listing on and support your favorite indie bookstore with your pre-order 🙂

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Author: MJ Pankey

MJ is a writer and writing consultant devoted to her muse and to helping other writers gain confidence, overcome obstacles, and unleash the story within. She offers multiple services on her platform,, and creates helpful content for writers on her youtube channel.

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