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The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs

(The Physick Book #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,610 ratings  ·  361 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe returns to the world of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane with a bewitching story of a New England history professor who must race against time to free her family from a curse

Connie Goodwin is an expert on America’s fractured past with witchcraft. A young, tenure-track professor in Boston, she’s earned career success by s
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Katherine Howe It has many of the same characters, but is a completely self-contained story. My hope is it will be a fun witchy read even for people with zero…moreIt has many of the same characters, but is a completely self-contained story. My hope is it will be a fun witchy read even for people with zero recollection or awareness of the story in Physick Book.

However, if you do remember some elements of Physick Book, I've included a few Easter eggs just for you, including the answer to what is opened by the key Connie finds in Physick Book, and why Deliverance Dane and her family had to flee England in the 1660s.(less)
Katherine Howe Neither can I!

*stares at calendar*

*drumming fingers on desk*

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Katherine Howe
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I mean. I'm biased.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The daughters or Temperance Hobbs picks up several years after the book The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane ends. Connie and Sam are still together and living in Boston while Connie is a young tenure track professor writing a book. Her area of expertise - the history of magic in Colonial America, focusing on home medicines and recipes and the threats against women who had these skills. Connie is also the descendant of a woman who was tried as a witch in Salem. Through her studies and research, ...more
Stephanie Nicholas
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a surprisingly good book, with plenty for scholars, historians, and academics alike. I took my time with The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, savored every page.

This is not necessarily a story about witchcraft per se, it is a story about a professor who has family ties to those who made a study of weather work, a particular kind of witchcraft. Mostly it is a book about esoteric academia, and family ties. It is about the things we are willing to do to preserve family lineages, and help th
4 Stars. Review to follow. This one was so good; almost the perfect witchy read.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Howe writes the exact type of book I like to read. It’s a bit historical with elements of romance, mystery, and the supernatural all rolled into one beautiful, witchy story. As a fan of the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, I was excited to jump back into the world of Connie Goodwin. I love that Howe wrote this is as a self-contained novel instead of an outright sequel to the first book. She does a good job of summarizing events here and there so new readers won’t be lost but also answ ...more
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read

Many thanks to Henry Holt for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. (Special thanks to the publicist at Henry Holt for being so generous with ARCs and Galleys!

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Rating: 3.0 Witchy Stars

This is the second installment of Katherine Howe’s ‘Physick Book’ series. The first book in the series is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane which is on my reading list, but I have not actually read it yet. After finishing her new book, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, I'm here to let you know that you don’t have to read the first book in order to follow along with the new plot and storyline in this book. Reading the first book probably adds some color and background,
I was very excited to see there was a new book by Katherine Howe featuring Constance Goodwin once again! The second book in the series is set in the year 2000 and Connie is now an assistant professor at Northeastern University. She is super busy working towards tenure while writing a book, grading papers and mentoring grad students. She is under so much stress and it doesn't help that her personal life is in a bit of disarray. Her mother Grace keeps warning her to end her affair with Sam if she ...more
Lisa Wolf
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs is a sequel ten years in the making, following the author's 2009 debut novel The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, and the story itself picks up 10 years later too. Former graduate student Connie Goodwin is now a history professor at Northeastern University, under consideration for tenure and living happily with her boyfriend Sam Hartley, whom she met during the events of the first book.

Sam's feelings are hurt by Connie's continuing refusal to discuss marriage.
Mellie Antoinette
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
***#earc thanks to #NetGalley for a fair review***

Just a girl ... looking at a cauldron ... asking it for a life-saving polyjuice potion! 🧙🏻♀🧙🏻♀🧙🏻♀

This wasn’t what I was expecting! I have not read the source material, so I found myself a little confused and missing all of the magic readers seem to connect with this world. Overall, I’d vote:

✅ Lovely magical interludes of ancestral past (would’ve loved more of this!)
✅ A race to the potion finish.
✅ Very well researched - ✋ To the point of feeling
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s really hard for me to corral all my thoughts into a sensible review this time. I liked some things about this book but hated others. A few parts would get 4 stars from me, but several would get 1 star, so I guess I’ll settle for 2.75 stars, rounded up. Somewhere between it was okay and I liked it.

I was beyond excited to read this when I first got it. I loved The Physick Book of Deliverance Danewhen it first came out a decade ago—witches, lots of cool history, a compelling plot with love and
Susan Graves
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For lack of a better term this book was magical. This book was filled with incredible fantasy and vivid scenery. Perhaps what I loved the most was that you can visit some of the places mentioned most aptly Salem. It may be just me but when fantasy books are placed in real locations you can visit it makes the world come alive a little bit more.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Katherine Howe can certainly write good books featuring witches. That's why I feel compelled to read her works. This book picks up 10 years after the book Deliverance Dane and features Connie and Sam living together in Boston. Connie is working to achieve tenure at her university position. Sam is working on restoration of historical buildings. Connie makes a discovery and with the help of her mother, Grace, realizes the Dane women carry a curse. Together, these women need to find a way to
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs is my first book by Katherine Howe. Some things were a bit confusing, but some backstory was provided here and there, so I wasn't completely lost. I liked Connie. She's a strong intelligent character. I learned so much about witches from this book. The story is lively and engaging. It's a good read, and it's informative. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Darcia Helle
Well, okay then. That sums up how I feel.

I loved The Physick Book of Delivery Dane, which came out a decade ago, and so I was excited to get an early copy of this followup. And then I started reading, and my excitement turned to annoyance.

What we have with this book is a mind-numbing journey into academia. Connie is stressed going for tenure. This is drilled into us, over and over. Connie is grading papers. Connie is talking to students, helping them navigate their doctoral program or whatever e
Chris Conley
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, the follow up to The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was terrific!! I didn’t even realize I was waiting for it until I started reading it. A wonderful book.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fans of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane will surely love slipping back into the world of Connie Goodwin. Since the book is not set to be released until next year I wont comment on the storyline but, again, its nice to be back among the fictional world of my many times great grandmother.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am, without pause, a fan of Katherine Howe. I’ve read her adult and young adult novels, and enjoyed each of them. As such, it will come as little surprise that I also quite liked The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, her latest endeavor, a book featuring many of the same characters as The Physick book of Deliverance Dane. This book, like Physick is a story about women taking power for themselves, presented in the form of a family saga which features a number of different women among Constance Goo ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Iryna KL
May 31, 2019 marked it as dnf
I rarely DNF a book, but I had to with this one. I tried, but it’s 36% and NOTHING and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has happened. This reads like a journal of post grad students complaining about how hard post grad is, fighting for primary sources and living on ramen noodles. I am very disappointed - I really enjoyed the previous book but this one, it’s repeating what we already know from book one 10 years later - that is it.
Cattie Whaley
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was fun to return to the physick world again!
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe has readers traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2000. Professor Connie Goodwin is up for tenure and working on a book which leaves little time to spend with Sam. Things have been tense between Sam and Connie since he mentioned marriage and Connie told him that she does not believe it is the right time. After a visit to her mother and a chat with Liz, Connie is gobsmacked with unexpected news. When Connie’s research reveals that Sam’s life ...more
Erin Cataldi
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This book was the perfect witchy summer read that I didn't know I needed. I have never read the first book in this series, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment or understanding of this at all. Connie thought she just had to worry about finishing her book, getting her tenure packet in, and grading her student' papers; but on top of that her boyfriend just proposed, she might be pregnant, and she found an old family heirloom that could turn her research and life around. Her mother has convinced Con ...more
This one was ok for me. I found Connie drove me nuts with how self involved she was. I hated how she treated Sam for most of the book. It wasn't until she realized she could do something to "keep" him that she started to actually talk to him and let him know what was going on.
Justin Longino
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the fortunate chance to read an advance readers copy. Wow! I was immediately pulled back into the world of Connie Goodwin. Howe does not disappoint with this thrilling chase to solve a centuries long curse.

The novel starts out 10 years later with Connie approaching tenure at a university while completing her book. The story interweaves the present day and interludes in the 1800s. Connie has a secret she is holding back from Sam. This secret could be detrimental to Sam's well being. We see
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the first book, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, and was excited to get my hands on this second installment. The story picks up a decade later with Connie and Sam, who are still together, as Connie is finishing up her book and applying for tenure at her university.

The women in Connie’s family seem to be cursed, as their husband’s die once a daughter is born. When Connie finds herself with child, she fears losing Sam, but she knows she cannot live without him, so she is determ
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Katherine Howe novel. I adored Connie Goodwin and her imperfect life that is rooted in a line of witches dating back to the late 1600s. This is not a light read. It has a great deal of historical information with terminology that can be hard to follow if you do not have exposure to her former works about witchcraft.

If this is a topic the reader enjoys while being intellectually stimulated, this book is perfect.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
#Edeweiss #TheDaughtersofTemperanceHobbs
The novel is a bit historical, romantic, and familial all rolled up into a wonderful story. I thoroughly enjoyed the female relationships in the novel. The generations of family and history of Connie Goodwin's family are one of the best pieces of the novel. Great read!
Kelly Akemann
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy I received a copy of this to review. I love this author so much and she did not disappoint with her new story. Such an amazing story written so well by an amazing author.
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Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer of historical fiction. Her adult novels are The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009 and was named one of USA Today’s top tend books of the year, and The House of Velvet and Glass, which was a USA Today bestseller in 2011. For young adults, Katherine has written Co ...more

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