‘The Cherry Of Her Lips’ By Ann Wuehler

Joan, a secret witch, and Rosmaria have become allies, in an uneasy world where both are expected to play certain parts. Joan plots the death of her aging, scheming husband, Rosmaria’s father, rather than let him plan she has an accident so he can marry a young local widow. Rosmaria longs to be free to live life as she wants to, her appetites quite monstrous, bloody and consuming. With her target, the local prince, announcing he will marry some foreign princess, Rosmaria urges Joan to repeat the ritual Rosmaria’s mother went through to get a child. Joan cannot have a child, and cannot ensure her place at Wulfhall much longer. This goes badly, but it might also be the answer the two women seek.

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