Magic Cookbook

The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneThe Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe entwined the challenges of a modern Harvard doctoral student with the savage past of the 1690’s Salem witch trials.

Connie Goodwin spends her summer researching for her  dissertation and putting her late grandmother’s house in order. She discovers a key hidden in the family bible with a scrap of paper with the name Deliverance Dane.

This find leads her on a path to learning about this woman accused of witch craft, and the historic records surrounding her story including a physick book, a collection of stories and information so rare it may be the linchpin she needs for her dissertation. Things seem to be falling in place for her until she begins to have dreams and visions of this long dead woman.

I enjoyed moving between the two time periods and feeling Connie’s building dread and fear that she was too connected to her work. The imagery is lovely with a gothic vibe. A handsome stranger lightens the dark moments and the plot kept me turning each page to find out a new clue.

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