The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

byKatherine Howe

Kobo ebook | June 9, 2009

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A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history--the Salem witch trials.
Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.

As the pieces of Deliverance's harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem's dark past then she could have ever imagined.

Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman's story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.
Title:The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 9, 2009Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1401394434

ISBN - 13:9781401394431

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witches oh my! I had this book for quite some time before picking it up. I was easily drawn into the world of Connie in 1991 and the parallel story of Salem in the 1690's. I was very interested in this story as I'm quite intrigues by the Salem Witch Trials and witches in general. Great story, great pace. I wouldn't say this book is "spooky" but it is a bit...witchy. Recommended.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not intriguing The author had good intentions trying to weave the Salem Witch Trials into the modern day. It fell flat which is sad because this book had very good potential to be a thrill seeker. Instead I felt as if I was pushing myself to finish it for some big payoff up until the last chapter.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the time... Boy, if I had to read one more time that the lead character wiped her hands on her denim cut-offs...sheesh. It was slow, very predictable, and kind of embarrassing sometimes. Halfway through, I realized why it sounded familiar - it smacked of the Nancy Drew books I gobbled up as a pre-teen. Sadly, the author's postscript explaining her connection to the Salem Witch trials was more interesting than the whole book. I suffer from needing to finish everything I read - this book made me want to overcome that affliction.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This I agree with Lorraine, even though the 'mystery' wasn't that mysterious it was an enjoyable read. I did struggle to get into the first chapter but after that it was good, it made me really want to visit New England now. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I bought this book a few years ago and it was just sitting on my shelf until a few weeks ago I decided to actually read it and oh boy do I regret not reading it earlier! I love the mystery, the spookiness, the searching, the witches! I loved this book so much it has prompted me to do a trip next year to Salem! Love it!!
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy and captivating read This was a very interesting read, even though some of the "mystery" wasn't very mysterious.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secrets from the past A young grad student, Connie, spends the summer readying her grandmonther's house for sale and finds a strange clue in an old Bible - an old key with a scrap of paper inside it saying two words - Deliverance Dane. What this means to Connie only becomes clear after she follows the clues to the mysterious events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is the story of a a PHD candidate , Connie Goodwin. Connie is studying history in New England, including the Salem Witch Trials. During the summer of 1991, her mother asks her to go to fix up and prepare Connie' late Grandmother's house for sale. Connie reluctantly does as her mother asks, and finds a very old crumbling house built pre 1700's in Marblehead Massachusetts. The story goes back and forth between Connie's story in 1991 and that of Deliverance Dane . Deliverance Dane's story takes place in Marblehead Massachusetts in the late 1680s. Deliverance Dane is accused of being of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trial Days. The book is about 85 % the story of Connie and 15% that of the Salem Witch Trial Days. I found myself very interested in the Salem Witch Trials of Deliverance Dane - but far less interested in Connie's story. Connie's story was quite predictable, slow , plodding and I never felt attached to Connie as a character. There was little if any character development. I would not describe The Physick of Deliverance Dane as a mystery, spooky, or a tale of the supernatural. I'm at a loss as to what genre to fit this book into. Pro's - All in all, it's an okay read . Easy to read Deliverance Dane's story was fascinating and clearly the author has really done her research in the area of witches in the days of the Salem Witches. I learned quite a bit about the Salem witch trials - and some of the up to date thinking on what really happened at that time in history. Cons - Connie's 1991 story, which makes up 80 % - 85% of the book is plodding, predictable, not enough plot tension to be called a mystery, nor spooky. Conversly, those that like cozy mysteries might find this too " spooky" - but really it's not. I'd say if you don't mind a bit of plodder of a book, a mild mystery with some interesting bits about the Salem Witch Trial and a wee bit of the supernatural - this is for you. Overall - it was a diversion and an easy read. Maybe a good beach read? Though I was not keen on it , I think the The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane will find a wide audience among casual readers. . I did not mind reading it -but I found myself wanting to just skip ahead and hurry up with the ending
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful read!! I Loved this book! I was interested in Salem and the witch trials to begin with but this book piqued my interest even more. I could not put it down. If you liked the Davinci Code, you'll love this one too. It went back and forth between the trials and 1991 and it was just great. Read it!
Date published: 2010-12-20