“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692
USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings
the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North
Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem
Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah
finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and
readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah
faces the magistrates in Salem.
woman was on of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this
world; and she did now throughout her whole trail discover herself to
such a one."
If you want a personal, beautiful and haunting look into the Salem Witch Trials, this is your book!
is the story of the author's 10th great-grandmother, Susannah North
Martin, who was hanged during the trials. Even though it was really hard
and frustrating to reading the chapters about the time of the trials
and Susannah's depraving time in jail, there were chapters of love and
hope as Susannah and George meet and court and marry. Heather knows how
to write romance so the "love" chapters were sweet.
What I liked too
was the quotes and dialogue from the actual accusers. Heather put a lot
of time and research into this book and it reads smoothly with the
history interweaving with the storytelling.
The story is disturbing
in that humans could treat other humans so badly. Just straight up lie
and someone would die. With that said, if it made me uncomfortable (in
the sense of lack of human kindness), it was well-written.
I'd recommend this book to anyone older reader (older teens and up).
are scenes where the victims are stripped to nothing and scrutinized
and abused; death; kissing; intimate touching; martial relationships
Thanks for the early read! I loved it! And I LOVE the cover!