The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

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This was an okay weekend read. I think I was most turned off by the fact that Connie herself winds up having these magical powers – if it had stayed away from that angle, I would have enjoyed it more. The premise was really interesting – grad student stumbles upon undiscovered Salem witch (all the more interesting to me, being from MA), and has to hunt down her ancient book of spells, etc., and discover her story. But then it’s – “Oh, by the way, she’s your ancestor and you’re a witch. Your mom is too, but she never bothered to tell you any of this. AND every time a woman in your family falls in love, hubby dies in a terrible freak accident.” I guess it was just a little too much.

Not bad if you’re looking for something to entertain you, or if you’re super interested in the Salem trials. It could be pretty predictable, and Connie wasn’t too smart herself sometimes – I mean, reading the journal, it’s only after five entries that mention delivering babies that she catches on the girl is a midwife. Really? I thought it was a given right off the bat with the first entry, and then two pages later this comes to her as some kind of an epiphany.

I also wish a bit more time was spent on Deliverance’s side of the story, and on the book itself – she finally finds it, and we really don’t get much about it. Overall, just an okay read.

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One Response

  1. I’m glad to see a review that offers something besides the highlights of the book.

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