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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
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Oct 26, 2009

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bookshelves: fiction, historic-fiction, paranormal

When I first started to read this book I fell into a bit of a trap. It felt magical - in a different sense then it ended up feeling.

Who wouldn't love the romance of an old home, complete with no electricity, an overgrown garden and the mysteries that it contained. Connie's story was an interesting one - and it tied in well with the flashbacks through history. Both stories had their moments of suspense and intrique. The bad guy in the modern day story, unfortunately, could be spotted very easily and it took some of the fun out of it for me.

Here is what kept this book from getting 5 stars from me:

About halfway through the book - maybe a bit further, the story went from an interesting fiction novel to more of a paranormal/science-fiction type story. Now, normally I love these stories, but I dislike having it sprung on me after I'd already become fairly entrenched in the historic aspect of the novel. But, this is personal preference.

I've mentioned the "bad guy" aspect. Honestly, I think the book could have done without the villain. There were enough bad guys.

The writing is musical and easy to read. However, I grew annoyed with the attempts made by the author to input the accent of the upper east into the conversations being held. It was great to read the old way of speaking in the historic story, not so great to read the "r's" constantly replaced by "ah's" in the newer story.

Overall, it was a fun read and not quite what I expected. I did get reasonably spooked out and it gave me some pretty funny dreams last night. It wasn't, however, one of those books I'll be reading again and again.

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Reading Progress

October 26, 2009 – Shelved
October 26, 2009 –
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Started Reading
October 27, 2009 – Shelved as: fiction
October 27, 2009 – Shelved as: historic-fiction
October 27, 2009 – Shelved as: paranormal
October 27, 2009 – Finished Reading

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