Friday, April 18, 2014

A - Z Challenge: (The) Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.

As the pieces of Deliverance's harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem's dark past then she could have ever imagined.

I cringe when I see or read anything on the Salem Witch Trials. What a time to have lived through; living in utter fear of being accused a witch for no reason, for it often meant a death sentence. This book was pretty interesting as the author takes us between worlds, a modern woman's world and the woman's world in Salem. She comes across odd things in her grandmother's house, some things which excite her graduate advisor. The author uses truth in history and weaves it with a fictional main character and story. Pretty well done and kept me entertained. Another book I recommend.  

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