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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
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Nov 22, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction, drama
Read in October, 2010

Possibly 2.5 or 2.8
This book started out really well - a graduate student/PhD candidate in early American History stumbles upon a mystery in her grandmother's house that leads her on a quest to locate an old book that belonged to a woman - Deliverance Dane - accused of witchcraft during the Salem witchcraft trials. The book moves between the present and the past, revealing details of the lives of Deliverance and her progeny as well as the student's search for the Physick Book.
It all starts to go downhill when the student discovers that she has some magical powers and things start to get really weird with her adviser and others in her life. I don't mind magic in the real world, but this seemed a bit forced and unbelievable.
I really enjoyed the historical portions of the book, but I was disappointed with the final third.

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