Connie Goodwin has far too much on her plate, and Sam just doesn’t understand. When he is at work, he is at work, when he is at home he is not at work. It isn’t that way with Connie, a young tenure-track professor in Boston. She is an expert in the history of magic in Colonial America, mainly women’s home remedies. She is always at work, thinking about her writing, her students, deadlines, always deadlines. And now she has a personal issue she needs to address. She needs to find a “recipe” from one of her ancestors, a recipe that might protect her beloved Sam. The scene moves between Connie’s life in 2000 and the lives of women in the early Colonial era. I enjoyed the book and found the history of witchcraft in America very interesting. The characters are well defined, locales beautifully described. The plot moves slowly, but that’s ok. I’m not sure how to classify this book. It’s historical, but contemporary. There is some mystery and a bit of supernatural. This is a sequel to Howe’s earlier book The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. I did not read that book, but there was enough back story to keep me informed.
eGalley review Publication date 6.25.19