I have always been drawn to books that told the stories of witch trials. In this one, you see how it easy for a woman to be blamed (or framed), merely because someone else didn't like her. It makes me wonder how many women (and some men as well) lost their lives due to ignorance, jealousy and altogether unholy behaviour by people pretending to be pious.
This story is supposedly based on a collection of papers, in the form of a journal, made by a young woman named Mary Newbury. Termed 'The Mary Papers', it gives an interesting account of life for the first few settlers in New England. Reading this book made me want to find out more about the woman who was more intelligent than most of her clan, and almost paid for it with her life. Unfortunately, information about her seems to be lacking - If you do have any info about this remarkable woman, I would be grateful if you could pass it on.
One of my favourite quotes from the book:
"To be a midwife, to be a healer, brings danger. If everything goes well, then all are grateful, but when things go wrong, as they do often enough, well, that is a different matter."
How difficult it must have been knowing that the very same people whom you helped in their time of need could turn on you, sometimes for no reason at all.
There seems to be a never-ending list of books I'm dying to read. Here are a few more.
The first book in this series, XVI, was suspenseful to say the least.
I'm really keen to find out what's in store for Nina in this one.
While I was reading Katie Kacvinsky's book Awaken, there were times I felt she was speaking directly to me; her quotes were that spot on. I put this book on my to-read list the second I found out about it.
It can't be easy coming home after a long time only to find that while you were away, life has moved on for everyone else. There's something about this book that keeps drawing me back to it. June seems awfully far away right about now.