Title: The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs
Author: Katherine Howe
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Page Count: 352
My rating: 1 1/2 stars
About the book:
A magical bloodline. A family curse. Can Connie break the spell before it shatters her future?
A bewitching novel of a New England history professor who must race against time to free her family from a curse, by Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.
Connie Goodwin is an expert on America’s fractured past with witchcraft. A young, tenure-track professor in Boston, she’s earned career success by studying the history of magic in colonial America―especially women’s home recipes and medicines―and by exposing society’s threats against women fluent in those skills. But beyond her studies, Connie harbors a secret: She is the direct descendant of a woman tried as a witch in Salem, an ancestor whose abilities were far more magical than the historical record shows.
When a hint from her mother and clues from her research lead Connie to the shocking realization that her partner’s life is in danger, she must race to solve the mystery behind a hundreds’-years-long deadly curse.
Flashing back through American history to the lives of certain supernaturally gifted women, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs affectingly reveals not only the special bond that unites one particular matriarchal line, but also explores the many challenges to women’s survival across the decades―and the risks some women are forced to take to protect what they love most.
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe is the second book in the paranormal historical fantasy The Physick Book series. At the time of picking this one up I did not realize the book belonged to a series so I definitely had not read the first book. I’m guessing that it probably would have been better to have done so in the fact that I just could not connect to this one at all when reading it.
The story followed a young woman, Connie Goodwin, who is studying the women of the past during the Salem Witch Trials. The same character seemed to be in the first book so I probably missed some things there that might have helped bring my one and half star rating up or perhaps it was just the style of the back and forth story and I may not have liked the first. Other’s have enjoyed this so I’m chalking this one up to being the wrong reader for the story and would suggest giving it a chance if this series sounds like one you’d enjoy.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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