Condemn Me Not by Heather B. Moore

Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft was an eye-opening book for me. I found Condemn Me Not an intense book to read for several reasons. Having no intimate knowledge about the Salem witch trials, reading such a thought-provoking account of the people accused of the witchcraft was shocking. From the squalor of the jails to the false accusations family, friends, and neighbors made out of fear, to the absurdly that a handful of young women could destroy the lives of so many people, Condemn Me Not is a story worth reading.

Well written and full of historical details that augment but don’t overwhelm the story, Condemn Me Not is a historical novel based on Moore’s 10th great-grandmother Susannah North Martin. I like how the present story of the women confined to jail awaiting their trials was told with the flashbacks of Susannah North Martin’s love story and marriage. Reading about Susannah Martin’s ageless love story and learning about the backgrounds of the other women made Condemn Me Not a poignant and tragic story. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Condemn Me Not for my candid review.

 

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

I loved it! An Uncommon Courtship is the third book of the Hawthorne House series and first novel I have read by author Kristi Ann Hunter. I am delighted to have found another great author to enjoy. Well written and full of complex, yet compelling characters, An Uncommon Courtship pulls us into an nontraditional marriage that perplexes two ordinary people.

I really like the character of Adelaide and how she interacts, learns from, and struggles in her relationships. She has depth and a quirky authenticity that draws us quickly into her story. Even the supporting characters have a complexity that makes the novel fun to read. I was especially taken with Trent’s family and how they rally around him and Adelaide.

Great characters and intriguing plot. I look forward to reading the other books in the Hawthorne House series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter for my candid review.

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

As the first book in the Tales from Ivy Hill series, author Julie Klassen delivers a compelling novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill introduces us to Jane, the reluctant new owner of the local inn. A recent widow and a gentlewoman by birth, Jane was not involved in the daily operations of The Bell while her husband lived. Faced with making changes to secure the future of the inn, Jane has a lot of learn and plenty of people offering advice.

With a full range of memorable characters, Klassen’s novel is reminiscent of the best of Charles Dicken’s storytelling where characters find themselves intertwined with each other for better or for worse. I loved the range of strong female characters we follow throughout the novel, and the unexpected plot twists that kept creeping up throughout the novel which kept us guessing about characters’ motives. This was a poignant story of loss and love, loneliness and strength of community.

I look forward to reading future books in this series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen for my candid review.