Friday, April 24, 2009

review: the physick book of deliverance dane by katherine howe

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I absolutely fell in love with this book the moment I started reading it. Of course, it helps that it deals with one of my favorite topics, the Salem witch trials. Without giving too much away, Connie is a grad student working on her dissertation while trying to get her deceased grandmother’s house ready for sale. As she sorts through her grandmother’s things, she comes across a slip of paper with “Deliverance Dane” written on it. Connie does some research and finds out that Deliverance was one of the accused during the witch trials. This discovery leads to her dissertation topic. Much more involving witchcraft, her dissertation, and the house occurs and Connie must fight to save a loved one.

Although there were times towards the end where I really wanted to strangle Connie for being so incredibly unmotivated about her two responsibilities (her dissertation and the house), I was still very wrapped up in the story. Katherine Howe indicated the possibility of a sequel during the discussion on Barnes and Noble’s First Look site and I hope she writes one. The story is definitely not over.

ARC Review
Review copy provided by Barnes and Noble First Look.

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