The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane Author:Katherine Howe Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key wit... more »hin a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest—to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.
As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined.« less
Connie Goodwin, like many young women, has issues with her mother. So when Grace asks her daughter to interrupt her doctoral research at Harvard to go to Marblehead for the summer and ready her grandmother's house to be sold, Connie wonders why she agreed.
And that was before she walked into the ancient cottage that has no electricity.
Connie's knowledge of Colonial history, her chosen field of study, comes in handy as she learns the secrets of the past occupants of the house, one of whom was tried in the Salem witch trials. As Connie digs deeper into the past, she finds herself being catapulted into a world of witchery and magic, the very things her own mother has made her run far and fast from.
THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE has it all: believable characters, a love story, friendship, and family connections as well as curses. It is a well-written first novel that weaves the author's personal ties with the era into an incredibly convincing story.
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I put off buying this book because I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the reviews and advertisements. It did live up to them. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Just enough history to make you think, action to keep things moving, and emotion to keep you involved. I agree with one reviewer who compared it to the Da Vinci Code. The theme brought together how a population was treated in our history and presented the same situations and people in a new light. Good book!
I really wanted to read this book - it sounded absolutely fascinating. Then I read it - or at least tried to. I was so disappointed in how slow moving the plot was, how unattached to the characters I was, and how unrealistic the entire storyline became. I was completely uninterested in Connie and what she was doing in 1991, but really enjoyed reading about the witches from the 1600's - there was not enough story about the Salem Witch Trials like I expected there to be. I'm sorry to say, I could not finish this one (made it about 1/2 way) - and it takes a lot for me to quit a book.
Although this book started out as a wonderful story about researching a historical mystery and became more of a supernatural thriller in the end, I really enjoyed it. Despite, it's minor identity problems, it was still fascinating and entertaining.