New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe returns to the world of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane with a bewitching story of a New England history professor who must race against time to free her family from a curse
Connie Goodwin is an expert on America’s fractured past with witchcraft. A young, tenure-track professor in Boston, she’s earned career success by studying the history of magic in colonial America—especially women’s home recipes and medicines—and by exposing society’s threats against women fluent in those skills. But beyond her studies, Connie harbors a secret: She is the direct descendant of a woman tried as a witch in Salem, an ancestor whose abilities were far more magical than the historical record shows.
When a hint from her mother and clues from her research lead Connie to the shocking realization that her partner’s life is in danger, she must race to solve the mystery behind a hundreds’-years-long deadly curse.
Flashing back through American history to the lives of certain supernaturally gifted women, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs affectingly reveals not only the special bond that unites one particular matriarchal line, but also explores the many challenges to women’s survival across the decades—and the risks some women are forced to take to protect what they love most.
Connie is working hard toward tenure. She is struggling between that and her life in general. She has a wonderful boyfriend but she tends to put him on the back burner. Then, she realizes a “curse” from her past ancestors may be a threat to his life. Did I mention Connie is descended from witches?
Connie is an absent minded professor. She is a little scatter brained until it is time to protect her loved ones. Then her intellect really shows out. She is one determined young woman when her family is involved. And she has to be! Her ancestors are nothing to laugh at. There are so many mysteries, spells and curses to uncover to find the answers she needs.
I love how the author sprinkled historical references throughout this book. This added so much to the mystery and excitement. I did think the ending was tied up nicely in a neat bow. I wanted more drama and umph!
I read The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane years ago. I remember enjoying it but I do not remember much about it. So, it is not necessary for you to read that one first. It may help you to understand Connie’s history but not vital for you to enjoy this one. And for the record…I liked this one more than the first one. Just kept me intrigued all the way through!
I received this novel from Henry Holt company for a honest review