I have always been fascinated and horrified by the events of The Salem Witch Trials so it should come as no surprise that I wanted to read Puritan Witch by Peni Jo Renner. It is based on the true story of Rebecca Eames, who in 1692 in Salem, found herself falsely accused of witchcraft after throwing a curse out against someone who was insulting her family. Puritan Witch is a well researched and highly emotional telling of one woman’s plight in a time where fear ran rampant.
Once Rebecca is accused of witchcraft she appears before the magistrates and is thrown in jail. The author describes the jail and the horrific conditions so vividly that it was hard to imagine anyone being able to live through something like that. These women weren’t even allowed the basics of human necessity. Even more disturbing was that there was a young child accused of witchcraft. People allowed their fear to turn them against their friends and neighbours – people they had known for years. I found it very hard to read of the brutality and starvation these women suffered through for no just reason and many ended up dead. Others descended into madness and lived within the confines of their minds to escape the harshness of their situation.
I came to really care about Rebecca. She was just a typical woman – one that we could find ourselves friends with. In those days though saying what was on your mind wasn’t always a good idea as in Rebecca’s case. Yet Rebecca was strong and compassionate especially in taking the young girl in the jail under her wing when no one else would. Always in her mind was her faith and how much she loved her family.
This book held my interest from the first page to the last and even while I found myself horrified at how these people were treated I stopped to think of those who had actually had to live through it. For those readers who enjoy novels about the Salem Witch Trials and historical fiction Puritan Witch is one that should be added to your reading list!
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Lisa Brown says
Thank you for the chance to win 🙂
wall-to-wall books-wendy says
Oooooooo I LOVE Salem Witch Trial books!
I entered to win but it is still going on my wish list!
So do I Wendy. This one is a lot more emotional than some I’ve read though.
Literary Feline says
This sounds wonderful, Darlene. I think Rebecca would be someone I wouldn’t mind getting to know.
Wendy, it was a good book. Rebecca was an incredibly strong woman. Much stronger I’m sure than I could have been.
Maxie Anderson says
Sounds like a good read tho was a sad thing. No telling how many were just regular people. Very sad. But hope to win. Maxie
Maxie, I think the majority of those accused were just normal people. It’s terrible how fear just took over everything. Good luck on the giveaway!
I find the Salem Witch Trials a fascinating occurrence, we studied them in one of my history courses. The book sounds good!
Naida, I bet studying the Witch Trials would have been a really interesting class. I wish I could find some classes on stuff like that.
Patricia N says
I read another book last year set during this time and it was fascinating! I’d love to read this one as well.
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Melanie Backus says
I am intrigued!
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I enjoy historical, fiction and non fiction. Sometimes the fiction can have even more of an impact than the nonfiction. I haven’t read much about the trials but this story sounds like it gets in depth about the daily costs to a woman, esp. in jail.
I would be happy to win a copy!
Carla, I don’t read a lot of non fiction unless it has to do with history in some way but I do love historical fiction and The Salem Witch Trials have always fascinated me. I’ve read a few novels about them but this one really focused on how the women felt and I found it really good.
I, too, have always been intrigued by the Salem witch trials. I am adding this to my TBR! Thanks for the chance to win!
Lisa Garrett says
I too, have always been interested in the Salem Witch Trials.
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Teddy Rose says
I am so facinated with the Salem Witch trials. This sounds like a fantastic book!