Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Description: “This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692
USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.
My thoughts: I don't not know if there are adequate words to express how I feel about the victims of the Salem Witch Trials. It is unimaginable to me what those people went through. I found Condemn Me Not to be a touching and thoughtful look at the life of Susannah North Martin. The author, Heather B Moore, is Susannah's 10th Great Granddaughter. Not only does it depict Susannah's life, it also touches on the life of several women who were imprisoned and hung as witches.
This story vacillates between Susannah's time in prison and her courtship and early marriage with her husband. I loved knowing that she was a real person in history and she lived a full life of love and happiness. Unfortunately, her life ended in tragedy. I love that the victims are looked on more kindly through history than the accusers. It still boggles my mind that they would accuse a four year old child. (I have to get off of this vein of thought, or there may be a rant in this review.)
This is a beautiful story. It shows horrendous living conditions in jail, but it celebrates life. The book does have kissing and innuendo between a married couple.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author, with a dozen historical written under the pen name H.B. Moore. Latest is Slave Queen (Thomas & Mercer). Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction and inspirational non-fiction, latest is Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft. Her various author names can be confusing so her kids just call her Mom.
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