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The Heretic’s Daughter, Kathleen Kent

Sarah Carrier, a young girl living in 17th century Massachusetts, has always had a hard time relating to her mother Martha.  She’s much happier while living with her aunt and cousin, but when the witch hunt comes to her small town, Sarah learns the strength of her mother and the true power of the bond they share.

At first, I found it difficult to relate to Sarah, and I had an extremely hard time imagining that the author was actually going to pull off the type of mother-daughter plot promised in the description of the book.  There just didn’t seem much there to work with.  To my surprise, she did a creditable job.  The bond grew as the story did, and I found myself very much moved by the end.

I wouldn’t call this an absorbing book.  I found it fairly easy to put down – it isn’t precisely a gripping story.  I appreciated it more for the depth of emotion that it achieved by the end, and for its character relations.  I liked how Sarah grew as the book progressed.  I would recommend this, especially for historical fiction readers and those interested in the Salem witch trials. Check this book out on Amazon.

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