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"A well-researched, riveting tale of witchcraft and hysteria. This novel skillfully brings history to life." Kirkus Reviews
"Falling For the Devil is a book fans of dark historical fiction will find worth reading." ForeWord Reviews

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With historical accuracy and evocative prose, Falling For the Devil follows the spellbinding story of Elspeth Finnie and Enoch Gibb until 1649 when Charles I is executed and the rabid rule of the Covenanters encourages an onset of exhaustive, savage witch hunts. This time the small parish of Sauchiedale does not go unscathed. The devil has come to visit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477693459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477693452
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,873,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heather G. Hodgson on July 31, 2015
Format: Paperback
This novel pulls you in early and doesn't let you go. As with her novel "Claudia" (which I couldn't put down!), Holmström reveals her gift for developing distinctive and unforgettable characters, in this case Elspeth & Enoch whose stories enliven this very well-researched period in Scotland's history during the time of the persecution and burning of "witches". And while the novel clearly mocks the beliefs and functions of the church and clergy during this time, Holmström mocks with a light touch. The book got better and better so chalk it up as another novel by Holmström that I and likely all who read it will find hard to put down! The last chapter blew me away with a conclusion I did not anticipate. Fantastic story. I'm eager to read another novel by Britt Holmström and already have two lined up: "The Wrong Madonna," and "The Man Next Door."
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This historical novel is set in early 17th century Scotland. We are introduced to the world of women struggling mightily to keep body and soul together against famine, harsh weather, poverty, heavy-handed religion and superstition. In various ways, the three women depicted are heroines, and Britt Holmstrom's story-telling skills are superb. I really am in awe of her mastery of the language and her ability to put together stunning word images. She manages to convey the hardships of these three women with humor and compassion. It is difficult for us today to imagine what daily life was like for common people 400 years ago, but Britt snaps us to full attention on that front; she describes their circumstances vividly, especially when she writes about the congestion and ugliness of Edinburgh. A constant reality for these folks was that they lived under theocracy, which meant that the church was all-invasive in their lives, and it was obsessed with the conviction that the Devil roamed the countryside. One of the women had been taught to read--unheard of at the time, and was given a Bible charred in a fire. She managed to learn vast swaths of the Bible by heart, which undermined her faith as much as enforced it. One of the great tensions in the book is her relationship with the village priest, whom she had known from childhood, and whose mind was locked unforgivingly in the theological certainty that smothered society. "Falling for the Devil" is a fascinating book, and I recommend it highly for those who are students of history and the human condition.
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Britt Holmstrom's novel depicts a high standard of research with an accurate portrayal of culture and history of the mid-17th century in Scotland. Her writing style is superb with a richness in detail. Characters are very interesting and well developed. The story is fascinating as is the use of the old Scottish dialect.

A must read! Once you've read one of this author's books you'll want to read them all!

Lyall Moore
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Britt Holmstrom has made her mark on the Canadian literary scene with her highly skilled and polished prose. She writes with lucid grace, regardless of the subject matter and, thus, I was intrigued to learn she has released a work of historical fiction.

FALLING FOR THE DEVIL is vintage Holmstrom: the history is well-researched, the settings impeccably described but it is the characters and their predicaments that draw readers in, the devotion the author lavishes on constructing sentences of grace and consummate artistry. A writer of historical fiction must serve two masters, history and literature, and Ms. Holmstrom accomplishes this balancing act with admirable skill and dexterity.

One of the finest writers in Canada, Britt Holmstrom has consistently refused to conform to the marketplace or pander to the poobahs of Can-Lit. She has stubbornly gone her own way and, in the process, created a body of work that is the envy of her fellow scribes.
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Having read all of Holmstrom's books and enjoyed them immensely, I
was delighted to find this one as an e-book! A departure from her usual
genre and style, "Falling for the Devil" is immensely rich and satisfying
in a completely new way. The author evokes the atmosphere of early 17th C
Scotland through historical events and authentic dialogue and descriptions
of period life among the classes. Simultaneously, she weaves a story of
relationships and family that draws the reader into the lives of the characters.
I found myself holding my breath at points, weeping at others, and waiting anxiously
for resolution,if not redemption, by the end. Holmstrom possesses her own inimitable style,
and I look forward to her next book. Read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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