This book was a joy to read. I had no expectations other than to be transported to another time and place – a pretty big expectation actually – and Howe’s book definitely did that.
The story revolves around a girl who has great academic career aspirations, she succeeds in her trials and gains a world-famous and respected mentor. Things are looking up until the day she discovers an old scrap of parchment and a key in an antique bible within her deceased grandmothers house. The quest to understand its meaning turns into a quest to understand herself and her roots, as well as the nature of the world around us, and a race to save the life of her new-found boyfriend.
A great book set in Salem present and the Salem of old. I loved that the book really told the tale of a whole Salem bloodline. The way the story jumps between times, bringing Deliverance and her descendants to life really vividly, whilst showing us that human nature has its inherent evil, and its redeemable good qualities, makes it a very involving plot line.
Great atmosphere and well worth a read. I finished The Physick Book if Deliverance Dane it in two evenings I got so involved in it.