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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
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Read from February 23 to 26, 2010 — I own a copy

Really should get 3 and 1/2 stars. ::shakes fist at goodreads::

A pleasant book and a solid debut novel for Katherine Howe.

Neither the Salem Witch Trials nor the "Grandma was a witch, and I've found out I am too!" theme is new but it didn't feel worn out in the story.

The characters were a little wooden to me. The most interesting characters, Connie’s mother, Grace, and the books namesake Deliverance Dane, have very limited roles in the story. Connie felt like a cookie cutter “boring” person. The romance between her and the “steeplejack” left something to be desired. And I was a little annoyed with the phonetically spelled Boston accent.

However, I really enjoyed the flashbacks to Connie’s predecessors, the fact that magic wasn’t the overwhelming theme of the plot, and the flow of the story.

Definitely worth the read.
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