The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
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Only a few chapters into the book I am shocked at the following glaring error (and I hope there aren't any more of this magnitude before I'm done):
On page 35 when Liz asks Connie, "Did you ever meet her (Granna)?", Connie answers that her mother told her that she met her grandmother when she came to visit them in Concord. When Liz asks, "Do you remember any of this?", Connie says, "Not really. I think maybe I remember her dying.....I must have been abo ...more
Sorry folks, if this review seems unkind, but I've got major hater tots for this book. I'm not averse to great detail if it's germane to the story or at least interesting, amusing, or informative. But must Ms. Howe describe for us each and every slant of light that passes through every window, and the piece of furniture or floor on which that slant of light falls? And the facial expression of every character in the ...more
The Publisher Says: A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history-the Salem witch trials.
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 fa ...more
I loved this book. Katherine Howe weaves her story with the finesse of a practiced writer, not someone who's just published her first novel. There was something about her writing style that I just couldn't get enough of. It wasn't too simple, but it wasn't too difficult ...more
Whatever, I guess it was fine. Just, am annoyed from having to be reminded once again that one must read reviews with great b ...more
While browsing through her grandmother’s old books, Connie stumbles upon a very old key in a bible. Attached to this key is an equally old slip of paper with t ...more
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the Salem witch hunts. Even as a young girl in elementary school, I read books, watched movies and loved listening to stories about the witch trials and the events leading up to them. So when I saw The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, it goes without saying that I just had to have it.
We first meet our heroine, Connie Goodwin, as she’s about to answer the final question in her qualifying exam at Harvard; “Would you please provide the co ...more
I felt much like Connie; searching for a book. The characters (living and dead) were void of dimension, making it difficult for me to feel vested in her quest for Deliverance Dane. Th ...more
First of all fun fact about me, I love witch related stories like a lot
I grew up watching Charmed and Sabrina the teenage witch , they were my life. So going into this book was solely based on the fact that it’s about witches and the history behind the famous *Salem Witch trials* . I have to say that this book receives a lot of bad reviews on goodreads but I enjoyed it, the writing-style was excellent a ...more
As several other reviewers have pointed out, the heroine doesn't seem to possess enough brain m ...more
Connie is contradictory and rather dim. One minute she barely remembers her grandmother, the next she vividly recalls a holiday with her. I could have overlooked that, if the story had been more convincing.
I am beyond baffled by Connie's inexperience with the library at the college she attends. ...more
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The plot: Harvard grad student Connie is assigned by her mother to clear out her grandmother's house, and discovers her connection to the Salem Witches.
I was, on the whole, underwhelmed, which is what happens when you pick up a book that's touted as a Brilliant Bestseller! Spooky! Bedeviling! and find that the writing's that of a newbie writer, good on the important points of grammar and generally stringing words toge ...more
Connie Goodwin, like many young women, has issues with her mother. So when Grace asks her daughter to interrupt her doctoral research at Harvard to go to Marblehead for the summer and ready her grandmother's house to be sold, Connie wonders why she agreed.
And that was before she walked into the ancient cottage that has no electricity.
Connie's knowledge of Colonial history, her chosen field of study, comes in handy as she learns the secrets of the past ...more
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The foreshadowing in the first few chapters was so very blatant and heavy-handed that I kept thinking surely these had to be red herrings. Sadly, they weren't. Anyone who has read more than three fantasy novels could have mapped out the rest of the book from there.
The main character is such a Mary S ...more
I think I might have enjoyed this book more as a "beach read," where I just read and don't think. Maybe not. Maybe I'm not even capable of that.
Or maybe it's just that as I get older, I get crankier, and less tolerant of stupidity, and women in f ...more