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Susannah Morrow

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  597 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Only fifteen years of age, Charity Fowler has lost too much; her mother in childbirth and her illusions about love to a young man who broke her heart. Her stern Puritan father has withdrawn from his family; and her aunt, Susannah Morrow, who has just arrived from London, is struggling to find her place in the family.

But it quickly becomes clear that Susannah has chosen the
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 28th 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2002)
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was okay. Not as good as I had hoped. Started slow and by the time I got really into it, it ended.
Too sleepy for a full review, but here's the short version:

Flat plot (i.e., no highs or lows) + flat characters + repetitive Puritan emoz + confusing Puritan politics = 3 stars. However, the writing itself was good & the setting was vividly described with strong details woven throughout. It feels like Chance was trying too hard to make Serious Lit-Fic(tm) after getting her start in romance novels -- the overcompensation was strong in this one -- but I'll not be afraid to try her later novels
Pretty decent take on the Salem witch trials of the 1690's. Chance breaks this book up into 3 parts, and each part is told through the voice of the 3 main characters in the novel: Charity, Lucas and Susannah.

Part 1 (Charity's section): 2 stars
Part 2 (Lucas' section): 4 stars
Part 3 (Susannah's section): 3 stars
Kathleen Valentine
Aug 30, 2010 Kathleen Valentine rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story told with style and lyricism. The story shifts among three viewpoints but that adds to the fascination. It is a somewhat different perspective on the oft-told story of the Salem witch trials. Since I lived in Salem for several years I was a little afraid this would be yet another collection of misinformation but the author chose instead to focus on the love story at its core. It delivers a strong message about hate and intolerance and also on the difficulty of resisting ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
I SAW GOODY PROCTOR WITH THE DEVIL! I really enjoyed this – there was a great palpable sense of dread, especially in Charity's section and, well, knowing history and all that GREAT tension between Super Puritan Lucas and Susannah – though I did find the ending to be rather anticlimactic (and frustrating? character motivations read as super muddied by the end).
Aug 10, 2016 Monique rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witchcraft
Susannah Morrow did not exist in the cursed Massachusetts Bay Colony, but she captures the essence of all the women falsely accused & imprisoned for bewitching the children of Salem Village. Susannah, who arrives at her sister's home on the eve of her death in childbirth, quickly becomes a target because of her beauty and mystery. Blinded by grief and lust, members of her own extended family delude themselves into thinking that Susannah has made a pact with the Devil that will bring ruin to ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Good, not great. Very good and interesting picture of day to day life at that time. I thought the Susannah character was unconvincing and too contemporary.
Aug 06, 2008 Brandi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: females interested in history
This was an interesting portrayal of life for women during the Salem trials. I had a hard time getting into it, but it improved later on.
Oct 07, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
It was a great book! To me I feel it had an unfinished ending and I don't like that.
Aug 28, 2016 Cathy rated it liked it
Told through three different characters, Susannah Morrow was a fictional take depicting the realities of the Salem Witch trials. The bummer part was that each time a character's section was finally getting interesting, they switched to another character as narrator. More than anything, I was really looking forward to hearing Charity's reasons for accusing townsfolk, but they switched to her dad just as the girls started to fall ill. I realize that is was never fully proven that the girls were al ...more
Irma Fox
Aug 16, 2014 Irma Fox rated it really liked it
This book is about the witch trials of Salem, and at the same time its about so much more. The most complicated relationship in the book is between father and daughter. I loved reading this book, it didn't take long to finish at all. I kept thinking "I just know something really bad is going to happen". The writer did a great job using research she did on Salem in the 1600s to capture realistic enough emotions from the characters. My only complaint and reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is beca ...more
Tiffany Day
Oct 27, 2011 Tiffany Day rated it liked it
Recommended to Tiffany by: Amazon reader via message boards
Susannah Morrow is a tale of the Salem witch trials, told at times from the viewpoint of an accuser, the accused, and the parent of an accuser. It also has a bit of a love story mixed in, too. The first half of the book sets the psychological tone... but it sloooow. The latter - especially the last third - has a much quicker pace and was far more compelling of a read. While the author is a good writer (no trite cliches here), she never seemed to fully develop the characters or the story. The rea ...more
Dana Burgess
Mar 02, 2015 Dana Burgess rated it really liked it
Megan Chance really brought the Salem witch trials to life. With a mix of historical fact and well written fiction woven together the madness of the times comes to life with intensity. I have read many portrayals of this time in history but never have I been so moved or involved. It astounds me that an entire state could be caught up in something so insane. I wanted to shake some sense into them all. If I have any criticism, it would be that the ending was not as satisfying as I had hoped. Still ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
This novel is not for everyone but if you are intrigued in the ideology,speech,rhythm of life of the puritans and the Salem witch trials then this book is for you. The author gave a fresh perspective and story line of what led to the famous trials. Women and children were property and had no voice or rights. These young ladies through a mixture of true fear of sin and the devil which their puritan environment raised them in, darkness and fear,gave themselves a voice in the community.people and e ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Marilyn rated it liked it
A pretty good treatment of the Salem witch trials. Good, but not great. The author had clearly done her homework on the historical facts. But then she pasted a fictional story on top of it. The story has some false notes. Motivation, for one, seems inexplicable. And contemporary attitudes, phrases and situations took me out of the main story occasionally.
Amanda Klich
May 27, 2014 Amanda Klich rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, but the ending seemed lazily written, or at least it wasn't fair that after so much of Susannah was in the story but she didn't get a grand end like she deserved. Did she live or didn't she? If she did live as I assume she did, how was it she came to be pardoned? Who knows... It doesn't say, really. You kind of have to draw your own conclusions and I wasn't crazy about that part of the book. But I still enjoyed it!
Apr 11, 2011 Aviva rated it liked it
I enjoy Megan Chance's books. Apparently (according to amazon) she has a history of writing romance novels before she got into general historical fiction with The Inconvenient Wife which was my introduction to her, which I loved. Susannah Morrow is Chance tackling the Salem Witch Trials. She invents the character of Susannah Morrow and the Fowler family and sortof sticks them in the middle of the action. The book is about the witch trails, but really, they're secondary. They're a foil for what h ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
This is a good book, and well written. Human stupidity and fear partnered with religion, seriously, worst combination ever. It happens ALL the time...I guess if anything, humans are at least consistent...
Alaina Patterson
For the full review - including a comparison of this novel to Redwall (though obliquely) and a discussion on how suspense should work in a novel (and this novel does well), follow the link to That's What She Read.
May 31, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
I became curious about the stories of the Salem witch trials. This book follows a family who lives in this small town. I can totally understand how the insanity was spread, and I was glad to see that the father found out his own guilt. Preaching about the evil men do and their punishment made their children afraid, instead of loving God and each other they pointed fingers and were able to manipulate an entire town.
Very nice story but I expected more burning at the stake instead of inner turmoi
Sarah Lincourt
Feb 16, 2014 Sarah Lincourt rated it really liked it
Interesting read for people who like historical fiction based around the Salem Witch Trials.
Did not finish.

Charity is a 15/16 year old who just lost her mother who died in childbirth. Charity's beautiful aunt Susannah comes from London just in time to help the family with their loss. Unfortunately for the aunt Susannah, Charity's family lives in Salem Village, Massachusetts in 1691. Susannah sticks out like a sore thumb with her beauty, bright clothing, and forward nature.

I had to stop after 150 pages of Charity's teenage issues, insecurities, peer pressure, etc.... I just wasn't inte
Dorothy Fleming
Dec 21, 2015 Dorothy Fleming rated it liked it
Rather a dark read, but some good insight into the Salem life and whitch hunts.
Karen Hogan
Jan 27, 2015 Karen Hogan rated it it was ok
Started, but just couldn't get into. Characters weren't likeable.
2.5* This took a long time to get to the real action and the main characters were all unlikeable. I also was very annoyed by the over-use of 'tis and 'twill and 'twould and so on. Points for showing the atmosphere of fear and doubt and superstition that the villagers lived under, though.
Oct 27, 2015 electrise rated it really liked it
megan chance was a less confident prose writer at time of writing than she is now, and i feel like i've read this book at least ten times in my life—all salem stories are so samey!—but my god the puritan anguish boner on display is HIGHEST GRADE
Feb 03, 2011 Peggy rated it liked it
I don't believe that I've finally done what our library patrons often do. I had forgotten that I'd read this book a long time ago. After I realized that I'd read it before, I continued since I didn't remember the ending.

The setting is Salem, Massachusetts during the witch trial era. The author provides an excellent overview of what life was like in those long early days of our country. I found the teenage girls who were the accusers to be very annoying. This book is partly historical romance.
Rachael Levy
Reasonably well written but just didn't hit home. Slogged through it more than enjoyed it.
Dec 26, 2012 Ancamna rated it it was ok
It was a good book, although a lot of it was fairly depressing. It's about the Salem Witch Trials, though, so that's not really surprising. But each chapter is the POV of a different character, and I wanted to smack upside the head the character of the first chapter. Not all the time, but fairly often. I wanted to do that to the character of the third chapter too, though not as often. It had drama, though, which added to the otherwise slow flow.
Sep 08, 2014 Paula rated it did not like it
I am fascinated by this period in history, and I understand the strict religious rules and fervor that was at the heart of it all. Hellfire and brimstone. I get it - enough is enough. I just couldn't make my way past the one-quarter mark.
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