Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Heretic's Daughter (3/81)

This is a very well written book about the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. The story is centered around young Sarah Carrier, her brothers, sister, father, and most importantly, her mother Martha. It is easy to perceive Martha as cold and unfeeling toward her daughter and other children, but it becomes evident just how much a mother will endure for the sake of her children. Martha and Sarah's relationship is strained, and it set against the backdrop of Puritan community beliefs, plagues, and Indian raids. This book is more a story of family relationships than of descriptive accounts of the Salem Witch Trials.

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book.

1 comment:

SandDancer said...

I was quite interested in reading this book as I'm interested in the Salem Witch Trials, so I'm a bit disappointed to hear that it is more about families than the trials.