Friday, April 24, 2009

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane has to be one of the best novels I have read!
Katherine Howe's first book, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, is a soon-to-be bestseller! I am priviledged to have read it as part of Barnes & Noble First Look. I must say that this is a wonderfully written page-turner, that allows the reader to have the feel of the era and the area. The cover of the book is very unique (especially as a paperback). The plot moves along nicely, and the transitions between two very different setting, are smooth and without distraction.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is a novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating times in American history -- the Salem witch trials. Connie Goodwin is a Harvard graduate student that needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. Her mother asks her to handle the sale of her grandmother's abandoned home near Salem. As she delves into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an old key hidden in a seventeenth-century Bible. The key has a name attchedd to it, Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest to find out who this woman was, and why was this key hidden in this house?

I highly recommend this book for relaxed reading, book clubs, and for anyone that enjoys historical fiction. A terrific first novel! Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on this novel.