August, 1896. When Hazel Linwood abandons her French lesson and runs away with Johnny, the stable-boy, in search of an adventure, she gets much more than she had bargained for. When Hazel shatters a window of an old cottage whispered to have once belonged to a witch, she discovers that the witch is still in residence and finds herself cursed into servitude – until she speaks the witch’s one True Name.
Soon, Hazel is milking the cow, fetching water, scrubbing floors, and utterly ruining her fine lady’s hands. And as she works, the witch recounts the stories of her centuries upon the earth, tales of her otherworldly father, of the only mortal man she ever loved, of witch hunts and fairy revels. After a time, Hazel begins to see the witch not as a fiend, but as a stern, aged woman possessed of a human heart.
When Johnny returns and tells Hazel her father is ill and likely to die, Hazel pleads with the witch for leave to see him – and the witch refuses. And so Hazel, desperate for the Name that will set her free, goes to the Folk Under the Hill . . . and steps directly into the snare
laid by the Fairy Queen herself – the witch’s vengeful half-sister.
oh please everyone knows the witch is named Miss Snark! Sheesh.
This is pretty much a retelling of a bunch of usual fairy tales. You're going to have to come up with something a lot more compelling than finding the witche's name and sisterly menace.
You've gotten sidetracked in minutiae here. Focus on the big picture. Why does she run away? Is her mother forcing her to read the slush pile? Learn Latin? Cook??? "search for adventure" is too generic to be compelling.
And leave out all the time stamps (when, soon).