A Witch in Time

Constance Sayers

Hachette, 2020

A young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist, in this haunting debut novel.

In 1895, sixteen-year-old Juliet LaCompte has a passionate, doomed romance with the married Parisian painter Auguste Marchant. When her mother -- a witch -- attempts to cast a curse on Marchant, she unwittingly summons a demon, binding her daughter to both Auguste and this supernatural being for all time.

Born and re-born, Juliet is fated to live her affair and die tragically young across continents and lifetimes.

But finally, in present-day Washington D.C., something shifts. In this life, Juliet starts to remember her tragic past. And this time, she begins to develop powers of her own that might finally break the spell...

A Witch in Time is perfect for fans of A Secret History of WitchesOutlander, and The Time Traveler's Wife.


"Offer this fascinating magical fusion of movies Groundhog Day and Somewhere in Time with the television series Quantum Leap to readers who enjoy stories that mix fictional characters with real historical figures."

"Sayers cleverly twists the loves-lost-through-time motif... A smart, engrossing debut from a writer to watch."
Kirkus Reviews

"Sayers traverses time periods effortlessly with lush, graceful descriptions of each era... This spiraling narrative will appeal to fans of historical fiction and complicated love stories."
—Publishers Weekly

"A sweeping story of magical, star-crossed love, as glamorous as it is romantic. Prepare to be dazzled."
Alma Katsu, author of The Deep, The Hunger and The Taker trilogy 

"A captivating tapestry of a tale, A WITCH IN TIME weaves together the supernatural, historical fiction, and a humorous present day heroine, while traveling the macabre brambles of a dark curse—through lifetimes—with a compass to the heart."
Gwendolyn Womack, bestselling author of The Fortune Teller & The Time Collector
"With lush historical details and a wicked sense of humor, A Witch in Time fully immerses the reader in the story of Helen and her fated demon, unpacked like nesting dolls across time and lives, fortune and chance. From Belle Epoque France to modern-day D.C., from worlds pastoral, decadent, flashy to commercial, Sayers weaves a spell of love, lust and magic to create a page-turner like no other. All the thrill of a Discovery of Witches, with all the mystery and epic romance of Richard Matheson's classic Somewhere in Time."
Steph Post, author of Miraculum
“I fell in love with Sayers’ perfectly plotted debut. There’s history and romance, humor and heartache, Paris and Hollywood, and a protagonist who’s bewitching no matter the decade. It’s time travel with a fresh twist!”
Karin Tanabe, author of A Hundred Suns

"Fresh and original... a narrative rich in historical detail, brightened by flashes of humor, and filled with colorful characters and fascinating settings. A most rewarding read!"
Louisa Morgan