TheGardenofMagicThe Garden of Magic is a prequel novella set in the world of The Language of Spells. It’s out now from Carina UK and is (currently!) just 99p! 

Here’s a lovely review from AlexaP on

‘Whether you’ve read the other books in the series or not, I thoroughly recommend getting a copy of this one. For existing readers of the series, it’s an interesting look into the life of Iris, the Great-Aunt whose passing away led Gwen back to Pendleford, the little village in which her story, ‘The Language of Spells’, takes place. For newcomers, it’s a great place to start and sets up the events of the following books perfectly…

Sarah Painter is one of those authors who can create a world you can lose yourself in, with vivid descriptions and imagery that jump off the page/screen. I’ve already recommended her work to friends and family and wouldn’t hesitate to do so again with this story or those that follow it.’

the-secrets-of-ghosts-cover-e1392196138254.jpgThe Secrets of Ghosts is the follow up to The Language of Spells and is out now from Carina UK.

Here are some nice things people have said about it:

‘I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret of Ghosts. It was just as magical and just as enjoyable as The Language of Spells and I am soooooo glad Sarah Painter decided to go back to Pendleford… I really do love magical fiction and I think Sarah Painter is one of the best at giving you a realistic look at magic and all that comes with it.’ Leah at Chick Lit Reviews and News.

‘An enjoyable, escapist read, light hearted romance and a bit of paranormal who dunnit.’ Zeannie Zelos Book Reviews

‘Another first class read from Sarah, who effortlessly paints a picture of a slightly magical, perfectly romantic and in this case rather creepy world, where a young witch’s powers aren’t quite what she hoped for.’ 5* from D.Wood on

Available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, and Nook.


My debut novel, The Language of Spells, is funny, romantic fiction with a touch of magic. It came out in May 2013 and became an Amazon bestseller.

Here’s the blurb:

When you are ready, seek, and you shall find. It is your gift.

Gwen Harper left Pendleford thirteen years ago and hasn’t looked back. Until an inheritance throws her into the mystical world she thought she’d escaped. Confronted with her great-aunt’s legacy Gwen must finally face up to her past.

The magic she has long tried to suppress is back with a vengeance but gift or burden, for Gwen, it always spells trouble. She has to stay – she has nowhere else to go – but how can she find her place in the town that drove her out after branding her a witch…?

To buy from Amazon UK click here.

To buy from Amazon US click here.


‘Sarah Painter is a talented new writer, and her debut is a charming, romantic and intriguing story, with a little touch of magic. It had me enchanted.’ Clodagh Murphy, author of Frisky Business and Girl in a Spin.

‘This really was a fantastic debut novel…I honestly could not put it down.’ 9/10 from Laura’s little book blog

‘utterly enchanting’ The Madwoman in the Attic review

‘This is a little gem of a book, and every time I had to put it down I was sad because I just wanted to continue reading and get it finished because it was that enjoyable! The Language of Spells is a really great novel so do pick it up, it’s well worth your time!’ 4/5 Chick Lit Reviews

The plot had great twists and turns and when I thought I had the story figured out, the story would go in a different direction and surprise me. I didn’t want to put it down and the further I got into the book, the harder it was to stop reading… A wonderful debut novel and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.’  Novel Kicks

‘I adored this book.’ 5* from S. Atkin on

‘an egaging and enthralling holiday read’ 5* from D Wood on

‘A very well-rounded story with herbs, magic, romance and humour. Hooked straight away!’ 5* from Cloudspotter on

‘I have completely failed as a housewife and mother this weekend thanks to this debut novel by Sarah Painter… – perfection.’ 5* from Frenchykate on

‘Charming, witty and intriguing.’ 5* from R Moorhouse on