The season of witches, pumpkins, and black cats is looming. Katherine Howe puts together a story rich with history, witches, paranormal, romance, and thriller.
As a Harvard graduate, Connie Goodwin has the summer to create a dissertation for her doctorate. The hard part is coming up with a topic. Another hard part is created when her mother insists Connie clean up her grandmother's abandoned house near Salem, Massachusetts in order to sell it.
Connie is overwhelmed with the work at the house, which she chooses to live at for the summer. The topic of her dissertation, well, that is found among the old books and papers her grandmother collected.
A centuries old Bible with a key and scrap of paper with the name Deliverance Dane enacts Connie's curiosity. She finds out Deliverance was a witch from 1691, and her story is astounding. Deliverance created the Physick Book of remedies. All Connie needs to do is find the book and her dissertation is complete.
Many hours of consideration and wondering with a mind in need of information to fill the blanks, Connie meets Sam who's high up on a steeple. Turns out he repairs steeples for historical buildings. They become close friends, both interested in the history of Salem.
One other person with great interest in Connie's thesis, is Professor Chilton Manning. his interest is exaggerated, and he pressures Connie to find the Physick Book. He has ulterior motives, and the friendship and love from Sam is a great help in Connie's multiple projects, some of which are unknown dangers.
Actual history of the Salem witch trials, a little magic, and intertwined romance produce an exciting read for the Autumn.