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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history the Salem witch trialsHarvard 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 within 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 knowledgeAs 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 tied to Salem s dark past then she could have ever imaginedWritten with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the s and a modern woman s story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation katherinehowe


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  1. says:

    I VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK ALREADY Only a few chapters into the book I am shocked at the following glaring error and I hope there aren t anyof this magnitude before I m done On page 35 when Liz asks Connie, Did you ever meet her Granna , Connie answers that her mother told her that she met her grandmother when she came to visit them in Concord When Liz asks, Do you remember any of this , Connie says, Not really I think maybe I remember her dying..I must have been abo I VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK ALREADY Only a few chapters into the book I am shocked at the following glaring error and I hope there aren t anyof this magnitude before I m done On page 35 when Liz asks Connie, Did you ever meet her Granna , Connie answers that her mother told her that she met her grandmother when she came to visit them in Concord When Liz asks, Do you remember any of this , Connie says, Not really I think maybe I remember her dying..I must have been about three or four Then on page 44 it describes the only Christmas with Granna that Connie could remember when her grandmother brought hand knit sweaters that didn t fit right and Connie chuckled with affection at the memory Besides the fact that Connie already said she didn t remember her Granna, I also don t think a 3 or 4 year old child would comprehend the situation well enough to chuckle at the memory 20 years later.Seriously, this is a real problem for me Even if the author was this careless in the continuity of the story, its hard to believe that it was never caught in editing UPDATEthan half way through the book Connie is flat out dumb She supposedly has a masters degree in Colonial History yet she didn t know that receipt means recipe in that time period She acts as though she never heard names like Patience and Prudence, which were common in the time period that she has supposedly studied for years The moment when she figures out that Mercy and Marcy are the same name just add the Brahmin accent and spell it like it sounds is nothing short of DUHHHHH She reads Prudence s journal which talks about going to deliver the neighbors babies A few hours later she has a eureka moment when she realizes that, hey, Prudence was a midwife Puzzling over directions to put something in a witch bottel , Connie scratches her head in bewilderment until she figures out that bottel must be the phonetic spelling of bottle therefore it must be witch bottle Good thing the author spelled it out for those of us who might not have made that connection These are just a few examples of what a dim bulb Connie is although she is supposedly a PhD candidate It is difficult to warm up to a main character who is such a poseur in this case as an intellectual.UPDATE finished I wanted to like it, if only because of the subject matter and the great cover art This is a book I might have read when I was 14 and loved it But I take a huge exception with the review excerpt that compares this book to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova This book is written on a 7th grade reading level compared to Kostova s rich, layered, deeply woven tapestry of vampire lore It is like comparing a Harlequin Romance to Gone With the Wind because they both take place in the South The best parts of the book were the finely detailed scenes of daily life in the flashback chapters The author has done a great job illustrating the speech patterns, behaviors, beliefs and habits of 18th century New Englanders The book would have been so much better if she had focusedon that part of the story where she really shines The modern day story was so trite and repetitious how many times does Connie say, Mom in an exasperated tone of voice that it diluted the impact of the riveting historical narrative.The over the top ending did nothing to redeem the story It had a cartoonish quality that, again, would have been muchsuitable in a book for young readers than a novel that aspires to be taken the least bit seriously


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    If you re eagerly looking forward to reading this book, avoid my scathing review Sorry folks, if this review seems unkind, but I ve got major hater tots for this book I m not averse to great detail if it s germane to the story or at least interesting, amusing, or informative But must Ms Howe describe for us each and every slant of light that passes through every window, and the piece of furniture or floor on which that slant of light falls And the facial expression of every character in the If you re eagerly looking forward to reading this book, avoid my scathing review Sorry folks, if this review seems unkind, but I ve got major hater tots for this book I m not averse to great detail if it s germane to the story or at least interesting, amusing, or informative But must Ms Howe describe for us each and every slant of light that passes through every window, and the piece of furniture or floor on which that slant of light falls And the facial expression of every character in the room and precisely how they sit or fold their hands Trying to read this book was like having Katherine Howe jumping up and down in front of me waving her arms and saying, SEE See how GOOD I am at describing stuff SEE Yes, I see that you possess descriptive abilities, abilities much better suited to technical writing than to novels.Remember that old story about the optimist digging through a pile of manure saying, There s got to be a pony in here somewhere Well, there may be a story somewhere in this book, but I wasn t interested in digging through all the manure to uncover it


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    I only rated this as high as I did because I thought the idea was really interesting but honestly the execution was terrible The main character was so boring and flat and every time she had a thought I wanted to smash my head into the wall The professor over seeing her dissertation was a creep, and her mother didn t appeal to me at all either The writing was so slow and I really had to force myself to finish this one Also it really stretched my suspension of disbelief especially believing th I only rated this as high as I did because I thought the idea was really interesting but honestly the execution was terrible The main character was so boring and flat and every time she had a thought I wanted to smash my head into the wall The professor over seeing her dissertation was a creep, and her mother didn t appeal to me at all either The writing was so slow and I really had to force myself to finish this one Also it really stretched my suspension of disbelief especially believing that the main character is supposed to be intelligent like yeah okay I m so bored of skinny attractive smart girls who are insecure but still persevere It was also pretty convenient how she met that hot guy who just happens to ends up helping her out with her mystery I really wish I could get a refund for the time I spent making myself finish reading this


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    WitchcraftI loved the concept of a spellbook being uncovered in modern times with flashbacks to the Salem Witch trials of 1692 There is intrigue Add a little bit of a thriller that othersinister people want the book and you ve got a cracker of a plot and an adventure story Finally, add a great main character that you can trust to deliver the story, and surely a winner.The problem is that the character, Connie, and the logic she applies doesn t match the supposed intelligence and qualifi WitchcraftI loved the concept of a spellbook being uncovered in modern times with flashbacks to the Salem Witch trials of 1692 There is intrigue Add a little bit of a thriller that othersinister people want the book and you ve got a cracker of a plot and an adventure story Finally, add a great main character that you can trust to deliver the story, and surely a winner.The problem is that the character, Connie, and the logic she applies doesn t match the supposed intelligence and qualifications she has from Harvard She s a bit dumb actually she s frustratingly dumb It was also difficult to develop any empathy for Connie, which should have been a given, considering she should have been dealing with a personal historical weight on her shoulders There is an interesting link, however, through the 2 time periods not only to add intrigue to the narrative but on another level to suggest what constrained social thinking between 1692 and nowadays, is completely different from a spiritual, social, moral and legal perspective.There are lots of plot holes and it lacked passion It s a bit difficult when as a reader you re urging the author to do things to the story to make itbelievable and entertaining, and they don t happen.It s difficult to heartily recommend this book as I would rate it 2.5 stars


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    Rating 3.9 of fiveThe Publisher Says A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history the Salem witch trials.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 fa Rating 3.9 of fiveThe Publisher Says A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history the Salem witch trials.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 within 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 istied to Salem s dark past then she could have ever imagined.Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman s story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.My Review This pretty looking book was urged upon me by a fellow bookaholic whose previous urged reading, The Hummingbird s Daughter, was so ghastly and generally unpleasant to read that I was worried this book would be a stinker too After all, hype feminism supernatural goins on groan for the typical Y chromosome bearer.I was completely wrong I m sorry I waited to read it.Don t mistake me, it s a first novel with first novel flaws, but it s a very good read and it s a promising debut The basic story, a grad student in American History s discovery of a previously unknown primary source for data on the Salem witch trials, is built to excite the historian in me The book itself, being a recipes and remedies book written by multiple generations of gifted women, also hooks my attention immediately.The author, who is descended from an accused witch from Salem and who counts another, who died there, among her connections, is uniquely placed to make this story exciting She is also a grad student, and she s made of storytelling stuff No one who comes from such a lineage could escape the desire to make use of such great material Considering the number of books, fiction and non, published about Salem, not many have tried But Howe makes us invest in so muchthan just the Salem ness of the tale She brings her creations to a simmer early in the book, and then lets em fly on the boil with a finely adjusted sense of pacing that I wish she d teach to other novelists.The first novel blues come when Howe writes about her male characters They re not well drawn, and their actions aren t very believeable She also has some data withheld from her main character that I simply can t believe a mother would fail to mention to a daughter So as to avoid spoilers, I can t say what, but it s a pretty big omission IMHO Hey, pobody s nerfect, right I forgive these flaws because the story is so tightly paced, and so much of the time is spent with delightful characters, that it s an overall joy to read Buy it new, in paperback, and you ll a love the object itself since the publisher made a beautiful book, and b support an author whose future work bids fair to make your dollars well spent Very much recommended This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License


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    There was so much that led me to believe I would thoroughly love this book The topic is of interest to me on lots of levels I too am related to many of the individuals on both sides of the Salem trials , I ve visited the area before, the author has great credentials and has been educated at outstanding schools, the cover is beautiful, the publisher is pouring out a great deal of money into hype, and I enjoy historical fiction as well as looking at something from a different angle I so looked There was so much that led me to believe I would thoroughly love this book The topic is of interest to me on lots of levels I too am related to many of the individuals on both sides of the Salem trials , I ve visited the area before, the author has great credentials and has been educated at outstanding schools, the cover is beautiful, the publisher is pouring out a great deal of money into hype, and I enjoy historical fiction as well as looking at something from a different angle I so looked forward to receiving my copy and when it arrived, I was delighted with the beautiful cover and feel of the book I began to read it right away.Yet it fell totally flat and I was very disappointed The story is stretched beyond the breaking point into silliness This pseudo memoir of the author s journey through the education system was full of stereotypes galore In my opinion, the author perpetuates misconceptions and misinformation, not only about those innocent victims of hysteria but about the education system, Wicca, abilities that transcend current science, and people in general In many ways, I was disappointed and vaguely offended with what felt like disrespect to my own intelligence as a reader This book s hype probably contributed a great deal to my disappointment If all I expected was a light read after a long day, this probably would have been ok But I expected a lot better Fortunately for the author, others like this book and will encourage others to buy it In compliance with FTC guidelines, received the book for free through Barnes Noble s First Reads


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    Usually I m not the type of person to just randomly go out to Barnes and Noble and buy a book that I m not sure I ll enjoy Something about this book pulled me in, though, and it didn t let go of me until I finished it just now I loved this book Katherine Howe weaves her story with the finesse of a practiced writer, not someone who s just published her first novel There was something about her writing style that I just couldn t get enough of It wasn t too simple, but it wasn t too difficult Usually I m not the type of person to just randomly go out to Barnes and Noble and buy a book that I m not sure I ll enjoy Something about this book pulled me in, though, and it didn t let go of me until I finished it just now I loved this book Katherine Howe weaves her story with the finesse of a practiced writer, not someone who s just published her first novel There was something about her writing style that I just couldn t get enough of It wasn t too simple, but it wasn t too difficult either just balanced enough so that I was sucked into the story Her switch between Massachusetts in the early 1990s and Massachusetts in the 1690s was smooth and effortless I enjoyed that it didn t feel like there were two separate stories going on they were both so entwined that it seemed that each was affecting and influencing each other Her characters were all very well developed, and the history was clearly well researched and accurate There weren t any hanging plot lines, so it was nice to see a story nicely wrapped up while still allowing the reader to speculate on the future of the characters I also loved how Katherine Howe wrote the character of Connie, as a fact driven, meticulous grad student, because if she hadn t done Connie that way, the second part of the book would have been too unbelievable That being said, I thought she wrote that wisely and believably Like I mentioned earlier, I found that the historical parts of the book seemed very accurate, so I d recommend this book to fans of historical fiction The only minor thing that got to me about this book was that some of her vocabulary choices and some of the dialect of the 1600s were a little jarring That being said, I suppose the dialect was true to its time and would only naturally come a little awkwardly to me It was nice to be able to delve into the lives of some of those accused in Salem I found this to be one of the most unique takes on the period, as well, i.e what if we didn t have the hindsight that modern America does What if witchcraft is as real a problem as the flu, especially in the days when modern medical answers weren t available What if there were real witches and not just women who fell victim to being low on the social ladder or young girls who ate moldy bread Overall, very nicely done Added to my list of favorites


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    First, I did like this book It is a great summer beach book BUT it was much, much lighter than I thought it was going to be and given the hype I had been hoping for muchThe juxtaposition of the historical story and the modern story were very well done and the characters were likable and well thought out The relationships between the characters in each time period were very real and believable and the descriptions of historical Salem and Marblehead and the Salem Witch Trials were intere First, I did like this book It is a great summer beach book BUT it was much, much lighter than I thought it was going to be and given the hype I had been hoping for muchThe juxtaposition of the historical story and the modern story were very well done and the characters were likable and well thought out The relationships between the characters in each time period were very real and believable and the descriptions of historical Salem and Marblehead and the Salem Witch Trials were interesting and added a necessary richness to the tale Now, that said, perhaps I have read way too many mysteries and I m just getting really, really good at figuring things out, but I d figured out pretty much the entire story for the most part, before I hit the middle of the book I thought that the main character of Connie Goodwin seemed a little dim witted for a graduate student in history, missing many many obvious answers in materials she was researching for clues to her mystery So many that I found this small piece highly irritating and it did detract from my enjoyment of the story While it was a fun read, I think that overall this book would appealto younger readers high school college rather than rabid fans of historical fiction mysteries in the vein of David Liss, Iain Pears, Ariana Franklin, Margaret Lawrence and even the lighter stories by Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn


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    This has gotten a lot of buzz lately in the library world Four librarians including myself had holds on it before it even arrived at the building Apparently we d all been hooked by the same intriguing blurb Don t make the same mistake A historical mystery that is slow to no purpose, containing flat, unexceptional writing and an utterly predictable and unoriginal plot Whatever, I guess it was fine Just, am annoyed from having to be reminded once again that one must read reviews with great b This has gotten a lot of buzz lately in the library world Four librarians including myself had holds on it before it even arrived at the building Apparently we d all been hooked by the same intriguing blurb Don t make the same mistake A historical mystery that is slow to no purpose, containing flat, unexceptional writing and an utterly predictable and unoriginal plot Whatever, I guess it was fine Just, am annoyed from having to be reminded once again that one must read reviews with great big handfuls of salt


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsAuthor Katherine Howe s take on the Salem Witch trials of the 1690 s features a little twist her story imagines that one of the accused really had supernatural talents.The story begins in 1681 when young healer Deliverance Dane visits the home of Peter Petford and attempts to help his ailing 5 year old daughter Martha.Fast forward to 1991 Harvard University, where our main character Connie Goodwin is getting ready to answer some final questions in her qualifyi Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsAuthor Katherine Howe s take on the Salem Witch trials of the 1690 s features a little twist her story imagines that one of the accused really had supernatural talents.The story begins in 1681 when young healer Deliverance Dane visits the home of Peter Petford and attempts to help his ailing 5 year old daughter Martha.Fast forward to 1991 Harvard University, where our main character Connie Goodwin is getting ready to answer some final questions in her qualifying exam for PhD candidacy She is hoping to pass the orals, and spend the upcoming summer preparing her thesis on some aspect of American colonial history A detour in her well laid plans occurs when her hippy, new agey mother asks her to travel to Marblehead, Mass and prepare her deceased grandmother s old house for sale The house hasn t been lived in for 20 years, and is filled to the brim with the accumlated trash treasure of centuries What Connie discovers when cleaning out her granna s house is the basis for this lackluster tale of magic, superstition, prejudice and greed.This book had all the potential to be a clear favorite with me You ve got your Salem Witch trials, you ve got your old house filled with secrets, you ve got a story imbued with hints of real magic and supernatural elements, you ve got a young woman with links and connections to other women centuries past, and you ve got your wee canny canine What s not to love Well, almost everything.I will say that I did enjoy Howe s story featuring Deliverance Dane and her life These snippets occured sporatically throughout the book, and were interesting and entertaining Had the entire book been about Deliverance, I would probably have given this book 4 stars orUnfortunately, the majority of the book focused on modern day Connie, surely one of the stupidest candidates for PhD candidacy that Harvard has ever considered Connie, while touted by the writer as a brilliant and clever young mind destined for BIG things in the world of colonial academia, displayes mind boggling idiocy when it comes to the most simple observations on colonial life She is amazed and stunned by phonetic spellings of colonial first names i.e Marcy Mercy SHAAAZAM, who d have guessed Although she is a born and Massachusetts native, she continually marvels over the speach patterns displayed by Boston Brahmins and similar citizens of her native state WTH Umm, people generally notice variations in speech when they are NOT native to the area, but Connie apparently finds the style of speech of her people extraordinary In fact, Connie is so incredibly dense view spoiler that her very own full name, Constance , completely floors her with it s colonial associations In point of fact, she even seems to forget that her name is Constance Will somebody please explain to me how this is possible without amnesia or a full frontal lobotomy hide spoiler.Connie is, IMO, so stupid, so uninspiring, so vapid a creature that it boggles the mind to think view spoiler she could ever share one atom of genetic material with the interesting Deliverance hide spoiler And as Connie s story makes up 90% of the book s plot, it makes for a very tedious and boring story The wonder of it all is that I gave it 2.5 stars, but I did find parts of it very moving and page turning.This is one of those books, like The Tenth Gift, that had great potential, but lacked skillful execution There were flashes of it here and there, but not enough consistency to make it a winner in my mind


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