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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book. 1 Aug 2014
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Connie (Constance) Goodwin is a PhD Graduate at Harvard having just sat through a rigourous oral exam to get her Professorship. First though she must find something to write her Post Doctoral thesis about. She settles on American Colonial History.

It is the end of the Semester so now she has a lot of time to carry out her research but she is constantly pushed by her Mentor, Manning Chilton. When she gets a phone call from her "new age" Mother she finds herself being shoved in another direction that of renovating her dead Grandmother's old cottage and garden. Much to her dismay the cottage is really run down so she has to set her Thesis to one side for the time being and concentrate on cleaning the cottage up. Whilst she is looking through an old Bible, a hollow key falls out of it. Inside the key is a tightly rolled piece of paper bearing the words Deliverance Dane.

She finally pieces together a sad story that takes us the reader back to 1692 to the Salem Witch Trials.

She also meets a young man called Sam who she falls in love with. As she delves deeper into her research she finds that her family had connections to Deliverance Dane who was hung as a Witch. Chilton Manning keeps bothering her and it's only when Sam has a serious accident that everything falls into place. Someone has cursed Sam and it is up to Connie to lift the curse and find out who put it on him. Will the book of 'Receipts'help her?

This was such a good book I read it all in one sitting. It was well researched and you could feel empathy and sympathy with the characters. Incidentally all the so called Witches in 17th century Salem were real people but I don't believe they consorted with the Devil.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief... 6 Sep 2009
By Allhug
This book is absolutely amazing - I wish I could give it more stars!

The story of modern Harvard PHD student Connie researching her thesis on American Colonial History is interwoven with the story of Deliverance Dane, a 'cunning woman' caught up in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Throw in a family legacy of accidents befalling the men in the line, a latin scholar room mate, a bohemian puzzle of a mother, a delicious steeplejack boyfriend and a nutty professor and the story is complete.

The story is at once an historical mystery weaving it's tantalising way through a family secret and also a spellbinding, unbelievable, wonderous story of magic, good, evil and misunderstanding. The worry and superstition of the pre-scientific era is dealt with sensitively, illumiating both the perceived and the very real threats facing the God fearing Salem Villagers of that time period. In addition, the level of detail in terms of the modes of dress, the furniture and the inticacies of the daily life in 1692 is absolutely fascinating.

I started it yesterday and could not put it down - I've wasted all wekend reading it in long sittings, stopping only for lunch and the odd cup of tea! - The writing was beautiful and the pacing of the novel was extraordinary, adding to the suspense. You were more than willing to suspend your disbelief when reading this novel through the skill of the author Katherine Howe.

Well worth reading. Wow!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ 15 Jun 2011
This is one of the best books I have ever read; the story is fascinating and very original, the characters excellently developed and real, and the historical background great.

Connie Goodwin, a graduate student of Colonial American history at Harvard, is looking for an original subject for her research, when her unconventional, new age mother asks her to renovate and sell her grandmother's house near Salem. Connie is amazed by the old colonial house and its magical garden, but her academic interest is captured by an old key with the unusual name of Deliverance Dane inside an old Bible, so she begins to research this strange and yet very familiar woman from the past. Her research takes her to the famous witch trials of 1692 and as Connie investigates her subject and traces a mysterious book, she learns more about herself and her family than she could ever imagine. The story takes place in present time 1991, but as Connie unfolds the story of Deliverance's book, short interludes take us back to the past and we get glimpses of the reality of these amazing women whose lives were linked with this special book.

Katherine Howe has created a fascinating and gripping plot enriched with vivid details, probably drawn from her own academic knowledge of colonial history and also her heritage as she is a descendant of two accused Salem witches; Elizabeth Proctor and Elizabeth Howe. The main character, Connie, is one of the best developed, complete and believable characters in literature I have ever come across and her interactions with all the other characters of the novel, as well as the way she deals with her academic research and her growing understanding of herself are excellently presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read... Brilliant! 16 Oct 2009
By KittyR
I came across this book by chance at a book store and don't regret buying this at all!

The book is based on the Salem witch trials and a modern day doctoral candidate in American History, Connie Goodwin.

Connie, at the request of her mother, spends the summer clearing out her grandmothers cottage on Milk Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts and finds interesting treasures, amongst them a parchment with the name Deliverance Dane enscribed on it. From then on, you could say her life takes a huge leap in to a mystery which will change Connie. Her studies interlink with her discoveries in the cottage and Connie goes in search of a book, The Physick Book, which dates back to Salem, not yet realising that another party has a hidden interest in this very book. She also begins to experience haunting visions of the Salem witch trials, and you begin to wonder whilst reading this, whether Connie has more ties to Salem than she even realises.

To mention any more would give too much away, but should you choose to read this book, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salem
This book has kept me guessing as to what or who is the bad guys and good guys it has been interesting to read and I will follow up to read more about the Salem witches.
Published 18 days ago by ELIZABETH ANNE DAVIES
3.0 out of 5 stars Hocus Pocus
Connie [Constance] Goodwin comes from a line of witches though she doesn't know it. Her historical research at Harvard leads her back to the witch trials in late 17th century Salem... Read more
Published 16 months ago by gerardpeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I read this book ages ago and decided I wanted it again,bought a used copy,it came in lovely condition,with speedy delivery,more than worth it and a cracking read!!
Published 18 months ago by glynis jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Book of Salem
Oh now I did enjoy this. I picked it up in our charity shop, read a couple of pages while waiting in the carpark and what do you know? Couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wendy McFarlane
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Magic
I would describe this as an nice little read. It is not an great thinkers novel but an enjoyable light adventure, flicking between the main characters ancestor Deliverance Dane in... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2012 by Mrs. Helen Skelton
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible novel
The novel isn't even worth me wasting any more of my time over than I already have through reading it. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Moondog
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, well written, but heroine is annoying
The book is very well written, good use of description without going overboard, compelling, well structured. I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by … Kasper
1.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting
I found this book quite dull and hard to get through, I had gotten through half the book before getting to the actual plot. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Zenz
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed by this book
The Lost Book of Salem is a dual time-frame novel, with part of the story set during the Salem witch trials in the 17th century and the rest of the story taking place in 1991. Read more
Published on 24 April 2011 by Helen S
2.0 out of 5 stars lost in boredom
The book literally fell off my hand at page 39. Howe's writing is wordy, detailed to the extreme (even the way the dog's tail waves is described) and the story hardly engaging... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by Roger Jay
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