The Heretic's Daughter Author:Kathleen Kent In 1752, Sarah Carrier Chapman, confined to her home and weak with infirmity, writes a letter to her granddaughter, revealing the secret she has guarded closely for six decades. It is a haunting account of the horrors that enveloped a New England town called Salem, and compelled Sarah, then just a young girl to make a decision that would change... more » her life forever.
A little more than a year before the witch trials will begin, Sarah and her family arrive in nearby Andover to face a community gripped by superstittion and fear. With the increase in Indian raids and the spread of the plague, the Puritans come to believe that heretics in their midst are responsible for their misfortune. Based on the accusations of a dozen young girls, neighbor is pitted against neighbor, friends against friend, and the hysteria escalates, sweeping more than two hundred men, women and children into prison on charges of witchcraft--Sarah's mother, Martha Carrier, among them. Often at odds with each other, mother and daughter must now stand defiantly together in the face of imprisonment, torture, and even death. Out of love for her children, Martha asks Sarah to commit an act of heresy -- a lie that will most surely condemn Martha even as it will save her daughter.« less