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Condemn Me Not Paperback – March 14, 2017
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About the Author
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.
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Heather does a wonderful job describing each of the women who share a cell with Susannah. I can't believe this actually happened in our history--that people could accuse others of witchcraft just because they didn't like them, their animals died or they couldn't explain how something happened. I found it hard to believe that a 4 year old child could've been accused of witchcraft.
Even though Susannah is found guilty and is put to death at the end, I love how Heather wrote the ending and included Susannah's husband George.
I would highly recommend this book .
Update*** - I haven't finished a book this fast in a long time. I couldn't put it down. I LOVED how she structured the story with going back and forth through time, from when she was first falling in love with her husband and back to the jail where she was with the other accused. It played with your emotions, but didn't keep you depressed the whole time.
Because this is also my 10th great grandmother it touched me deeply on what she might have gone through at the time of her trial. Heartbreaking and so reprehensible that this can happen to innocent people. Hopefully history will never repeat itself in this way.
Intermixed with the misery of the prison is the beautiful love story of George and Susannah Martin. It was wonderful to watch them fall in love. It brought much needed joy and hope to the book. Their love and devotion to each other was inspiring.
Condemn Me Not is based on the life of Heather B. Moore’s tenth great-grandmother, Susannah North Martin, who was hanged during the Salem witch trials. It is written so well, with such heart and emotion. What a great tribute to her ancestor and all those that suffered during that time.
I received a complimentary copy of the book. I have given my honest opinion.
The author takes the reader on a beautiful journey and remembrance of the life, joys and love of Susannah Martin. We start sometime around the beginning of June, after Susannah and several other ladies have been in Jail for a month or so and continue on through late July. Susannah describes for us readers what is happening at the present for her, and interspersed with her jail and trial moments we read about her life when she meets George Martin. I loved both parts of her story and how although 50 years of time separates these two storylines, they flowed together very smoothly.
The author also includes in between the chapters, quotes and dialogue from the accusers/accused and their trials. It was very interesting reading those, and seeing how the author used that research and history to create this novel. I remember when I first started learning about The Salem Witch Trials. Oh I was so furious. How could anyone do what they did. The group of girls who acted afflicted every time they saw one of the accused witches. These women and the horrific events they were forced through, most likely all because of someone hurt, offended or jealous of the accused women. It's heartbreaking to think about the craze of accusing someone and the lies and what people would come up with to accuse someone of witchcraft. For example: My cow died, it was because so and so was mad at me. I had a health problem but it was because of a curse or hex from that person.
I loved how the author portrayed each woman that was in jail accused of witchcraft. Their hope, their sorrow, the many emotions they probably experienced as they sat awaiting false judgement. It was heartbreaking, it was beautiful. I admit that I did tear up, especially at the end. There were some real hard moments to think about. Family who accused family, wives, daughters, babies, mothers, siblings, probably all as a way to escape a perceived burden.
I loved the beauty of the women gathering around each other, supporting, opening up to and knowing the pain that each was feeling. What they went through had to have been horrific and makes you wonder how they survived the day to day treatment, examinations, constant lies of loved ones. It was definitely an interesting part of history that brings much speculation and questioning of their hardships causing their lashing out at each other.
On a happier note...the love story of Susannah and George was written very beautifully as well. After the despair and sorrow of the jail and trials(yes there was beauty in the women's actions and words but sorrow with the knowledge of what awaited them), the love story brought light and hope and joy back into the novel. The balance between the two really made this novel what it is. It's hard and emotionally taxing on a reader when all we read about it is sorrow and despair. But the addition of light and hope and beauty created a beautiful blend that pulled me into this novel. I was hooked and didn't want to set it down once I started. I kept hoping(even knowing Susannah's fate) that she would survive. I connected with her emotionally that I wanted a change to her story. But even her acceptance of what was to happen was written beautifully. (I'm sorry if I keep using that word over and over but for me, that is truly what I feel describes it best)
George, oh he is wonderful. He comes in and saves the day. Not at the end, but at the beginning of her life. What a sweet love story and commitment these two have for each other. Susannah has several doubts about herself but finding a love that is beyond anything she could have hoped, even dreamed of, lets her see herself in a different light. Her love for her family and willingness to help them in anyway was a great trait to see in her character. Her husband, George, was one of my favorite characters throughout the book. Especially at the end, it was beautiful.
I'm sure I could go on for quite a bit more about my thoughts but this is already a pretty long review so I'll put a stopper on my rambling thoughts and tell you that I loved this book and highly recommend it for anyone who loves historical fiction, a beautiful romance, a great storyline, or just a very well written novel.
Content: a few sweet kisses, a few steamy kisses. There are a few scenes with Susannah and George after their wedding but they are clean and sweet and fade to black. The book deals with prisoners in jail and some of the effects of that. The examinations of a couple prisoners where they would have them strip down to nothing, showing the reader what the accused went through, but it was done well. The death of a couple people but not overly graphic especially going into this novel knowing the subject matter and the ending to those accused as witches. I would recommend this book for older YA and up. I would say it's a clean read and very well done!
I received an ARC from the author, all thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
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