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- Print Length: 284 pages
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- Publisher: TCK Publishing (August 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0735GCHQS
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The book is unique in that the chapters features different people in the small seaside village. Most of it is told through Clara. She is the daughter of a pastor and is returning to the village after her father died. The town held happy, precious memories for her, so she is hoping she will find some peace and spend time with her best friend, Bess. Bess has a special talent. She uses herbs and plants to help heal ailing townspeople and has presided over many births. The more time Clara spends there she realizes something mysterious is going on. Weird questions are being asked about the women of town from the innkeeper. Things become quite clear with the arrival of a witch hunter is has come to rid the town of evil. Clara cannot believe what she is witnessing…the persecution of innocent women. She realizes she must do what she can to stop this evil, not from the supernatural but from a very human source, before it’s too late.
Even though the book takes place hundreds of years ago, readers can still learn very important lessons. It questions why seemingly intelligent, rational people can follow a leader like sheep to a slaughter. Most people, not all, in this seaside town are good people who want the best for each other. When the witch hunter comes to town, they begin turning on one another despite the fact that they have known each other for years. We face those same things today. We are quick to judge others and follow without finding out the facts ourselves. We sometimes don’t realize the road we are going down could be quite dangerous.
The author also highlights what it was like to be a woman at that time. They weren’t valued for their intelligence and were treated as property. Clara was a woman way before her time. She was educated and intelligent, not putting stock in superstitions that were common at that time. She was brave and courageous in her defense of the innocent women accused of witchcraft.
This was a fast-paced historical novel that is well worth reading. The characters were well-developed and complex, and that became evident with each chapter I read. Even though most of the book is told through Clara’s eyes, the other chapters give insight into other people in town. Through their POVs, readers will see what motivates each one. Some people I thought would not be helpful turned out to be great allies to Clara. Heidi Eljarbo’s writing is phenomenal. She wrote in a way that made me feel like I was an active participant in the story. I could clearly see each character and the setting vividly in my mind. Wonderful book! 5 ++++ stars for me!!!
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Sometimes all it takes is one person and what they say, right, wrong or indifferent, to spread like wild fire. The story of witches spread like that wild fire. What could possibly cause everything to go wrong? Witches and their powers must have caused people's lives to go downhill, their livelihoods dissolve, and their animals to die. IT had to be witches. Someone or something had to be causing these things to happen. It doesn't take but a couple of words and those words spread farther and farther. It wasn't what some thought. It wasn't witchcraft. It was sometimes just simple herb remedies and all of a sudden that person was a witch. Does anyone want to stand up and voice what they believe to be the truth? No. They may be seen as a witch themselves so they stayed quiet. But in a quiet little place lives a woman, Clara, who isn't afraid to speak out. She knew those women who were often proclaimed as being witches and sent to trial, were not witches. SO she spoke against these trials of innocent people.
I found the historical aspects of the book to be in detail. It told of so many who were completely innocent being sent to the gallows. Why, because there are those who want to believe in the bad in people. The hysteria took hold and it caused others to be blinded by that hysteria. All because the town leaders decided to rid the town of evil and evil doers. People of the town who had known each other for years turned on each other.. Neighbors turned on neighbors, friends turned on friends and family turned on family. Much like today. So many are turning on each other, only believing the gossip they hear and not taking time to find the truth. So they decide to have a witch hunter come and do away with the witches and their evil. That would certainly make their town perfect, without any bad left.
These kind of things, accusations, persecutions are not just a thing of the past. It could and does happen today. Some don't want to stand up and say, yes I did that. Everyone else is to blame. They didn't do anything wrong. Some don't want to have anything to do with people who are different, but aren't we all different? Often times it's because of a lack of understanding, or should I say, a lack of trying to understand others. So it happened then, it happens now. Just as in this book, everyone has their good point and everyone has their bad points. The characters in this book each have points that were proud points about them.
IT brought forth emotions and a lot of thinking. We need to stand up for what is right. Not go with the flow simply because of fear. Is it not better to know you're doing the right thing instead of following the cries of the weak. Whatever happened to, "innocent until proven guilty"? I did find something I didn't know. The sign of a witch is a mole. I had never read that before. I enjoyed the part at the end of the book where the author told of the different parts of the book that were historically correct. Interesting! If you like the stories of witchcraft and the Salem witch trials then read this one and do a little thinking, but do enjoy also.
I received a copy of this book from the author and decided to review it.
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