One of my favorite books as a teen and young adult was the Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare. I haven't read many other books in that setting, so I am really looking forward to revisiting the era and history of the early settlers. Heather B. Moore is amazing at incorporating fascinating aspects of real history in her stories in such a natural way, I know that I will be learning much more about the Salem witch trials and the tragedies that occurred. The fact that this story was inspired by and is based on the life of her own ancestor will make reading the book even more meaningful!
“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692
USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.