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Friday, June 3, 2011

Review of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
By Katherine Howe
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
 The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written on it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest – to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.
As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined.

This book was referred to me by a bookseller in Seaside, OR. The shop is called Beach Books and was situated in this little town by the Sea. As you walk by there is this beautiful, lazy cat hanging out on the couch in the window. She of course drew us in to check out this little store. I love B&N but I completely adore small, comfy book shops! I was recommending that she read A Discovery of Witches and she said I would love this book and she was right!

So you know that I love a good witch story and again this one did not disappoint. Ms. Howe was able to flow smoothly from the witch trials of 1692 to 1991 and relate the family history of Connie with mystery and intrigue. She made the story come full circle of not just Connie and her relationship with her mother but with all of her ancestors throughout Salem’s history. Of course she finds love along the way! I love a good love story but it is so much better when a fantastic story is woven into that so it gives it depth and emotion that would otherwise have made it seem cheap.

Ms. Howe is a first time author and she was flawless! She should have been writing books long ago! This is a 5 star book for me! If you love witches then you will love this book. Very cleanly written with exquisite grace and conviction.


Melissa said...

What is up with blogger lately and the comments posting issue? Anyways the lovely Jennifer at Serendipity's Library emailed me this comment:

I loved this book too. I read it last summer and I really enjoyed it. There is something about witches that I cannot resist. Also I have long dreamed of owning my own bookshop just like the one you described. It would of course be called Serendipity's Library!

Thanks Jennifer for the great comment and for letting me know my blogger also had issues. Hopefully I fixed it with your recommendations.

I have also wanted to own a bookshop. One of my favorite movies is You've Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks just because of the little bookshop she owned. So sad when she closed it but I would love to have someone have memories of a great bookstore like she did.

stacey said...

I haven't read this book, but I will now. :-) Thanks for the rec.

I also loved your description of the bookstore. I would LOVE to own a bookstore like that, too. Not for new books, but all second hand... that have been read and loved and enjoyed and are just waiting to be enjoyed again.

I picture my secondhand book store either in the middle of a not too busy street in a larger city or on the main 'strip' of a small beach town.


Back to reality now. :-)

Julie said...

Hi Melissa! I just discovered your blog thanks to stacey at nail polish, I'm looking forward to following. This review made me want to check out this book, sounds great to me as I love witch stories. And I loved your description of the book shop as well, I adore those little stores and can spend hours in them. Love the cat in the window too!

Nice to meet you!

Melissa said...

Stacey - I love second hand books too! There is something about handling and reading a used book. I feel that books are timeless and when you come across a well worn book that has been read so many times it just settles a nice little 'sigh' over my heart.

I would love to go on a vacation to just small little bookshops like this one. So when you and Jenn open up yours let me know and I will put it on my vacation list:)

Melissa said...

Julie - THANK YOU for coming over to my blog! Nice to meet you. I am now a follower of your blog - Love it! Also, I noticed that you write for the Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. I live in Utah! I am near Salt Lake City so not very close but I have driven by the Sanctuary and my niece just took her kids there a few weeks ago and they loved it. How did you get involved with that living in Ohio? Look forward to reading your blog each week and getting to know you more.