I picked this book up based on a recommendation I read on Amazon. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane looked interesting and had some really good reviews. I really enjoyed this book!
The book starts outin 1600’s Massachusetts. A little girl who is sick is being attended to by a local woman. Then there is a trial – the father accuses the woman of casting a spell on his sick daughter. Enter Connie Goodwin, a Harvard grad student in search of a primary source for her dissertation thesis, who is asked by her mom to go close up her grandmothers house in Salem. The house is old, overgrown, hand-built, and has been in the family for many years. Connie explores and finds a key with a piece of paper tightly rolled and slid inside that reads “Deliverance Dane.” And so Connie begins to search out just who is Deliverance Dane.
This book is a little intense but the climax is beautifully built. Rather than slam the witch trials right into the beginning, they are interwoven through Connie’s search for the book. The trials are described through the eyes of the women on trial and the daughter of Deliverance so very poignant, rich with emotion and ripe with understanding. I was a little concerned that the trials would be the focus of the book an intense, decidedly off-putting but that wasnt the case. Connie’s does find the book, she cures her sick boyfriend with it and the story comes full circle when she realizes she is the great great (many more ) great granddaughter of Deliverance.
One of the things I thought most interesting was that the book is placed in the 90’s before cell phones and google were common to research. It was a time before and it was set in a different pace than the one we live in 20 years later. I would recommend this one highly to other readers. I have never been to Boston and I would like to travel there and visit Salem and some of the coast towns especially after reading this book.
See you at the finish line!