Monday, July 26, 2010

book Review: Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Title The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Author Katherine Howe
Rating ****
Tags fiction, historical, salem, witchcraft, book of shadows, spellcasting 

Story alternates between that of Connie Goodwin, doctoral student in history at Harvard in 1991, and that of Deliverance Dane in late 17th century Salem and her descendants. Connie needs to find a primary source for her dissertation, and while trying to clean up her grandmother's long-abandoned house, finds clues that Deliverance Dane might have had a spell book and be an unknown witch killed at Salem.

I had seen this book highly recommended, and so my expectations were high. It lived up to them. Connie is a good character, and the past stories are told well with a strong sense of place and time.

Publication BOOKDEPO (2010), Paperback, 480 pages
Publication date 2010
ISBN 0141047550 / 9780141047553

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