This book was a real treat to read. I have always been interested in witchcraft and in its social and economic implications, so when I read that this novel was in part about the Salem witch trials, I immediately placed a hold. The narration alternates between 1992 and 1692 and the story gets more and more intriguing. Connie Goodwin is a grad students who needs an original source for her dissertation and she unexpectedly finds it when she starts taking care of her grandmother's abandoned house. The house itself is a character in the story, with its furniture, its garden, its secrets. The book of the title, who once belonged to a wise woman in Puritan New England, is object of a strenuous search not only on Connie's side. The end is ... magic, yes, and rewarding for its inherent justice. I am now in line for the sequel, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, a descendant of Deliverance Dane, of course. Katherine Howe, herself a descendant of one of the Salem "witches", writes beautifully, bringing her characters to life and giving us descriptions so accurate that we really believe we are in the story with Connie. It is also obvious that she put a lot of research in this book and that every detail is accurate. Happy reading!

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