The Language of Spells

TheGardenofMagicThe Language of Spells is a magical, romantic novel. It’s set in the fictional town of Pendleford and features Gwen Harper, a woman with an uncanny knack for finding lost things…

For more from the Harper family, try the prequel novella The Garden of Magic or the standalone sequel, The Secrets of Ghosts.

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…?

It was published by Carina UK in May 2013 and became an Amazon best-seller.

The Language of Spells is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, iBooks and Nook.


‘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