Monday, March 29, 2010

Mailbox Monday 03.29.10

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Upon the death of her demonic husband, Hester Prynne is left a widow, and her daughter Pearl, a wealthy heiress. Hester takes her daughter to live a quiet life in England--only to find herself drawn into the circle of the most powerful Puritan of all time, Oliver Cromwell.
From the moment Hester donned the famous scarlet letter, it instilled in her the power to see the sins and hypocrisy of others, an ability not lost on the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. To Cromwell, Hester’s sight is either a sign of sorcery or a divine gift that Hester must use to assist the divinely chosen in his scheming to control England.  Since sorcery carries a death sentence, Hester is compelled against her will to use her sight to assist Cromwell. She soon finds herself entangled in a web of political intrigue, espionage, and forbidden love.

Won from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Set in Lancashire, England, during the infamous witch trials of 1612, Daughters of the Witching Hill reveals the true story of Bess Southerns, aka Old Demdike, cunning woman, healer and the most notorious of the Pendle Witches, and of Alizon Device, her granddaughter, struggling to come to terms with her family’s troubling legacy. Though the name of the Pendle Witches lives on, few know the hard-hitting details of the witch-hunt which tore apart a community. Set in an era of religious intolerance, political strife, suspicion and social inequality, this haunting story of strong women and family love and betrayal is more relevant than ever.

From NetGalley.


Bekah said...

Both sound really good, although as a not fan of the Scarlet Letter, i will wait and see what others think of Hester.

Christy B said...

I didn't enjoy The Scarlet Letter much, either. I figure, since I won it, might as well give Hester a try. :)

Passages to the Past said...

Oh, I really want to read Hester. Can't wait for your review.

YEAH for Daughters of the Witching Hill! I just finished it the other day and it's FABULOUS! I'll be starting off the book tour on April 7th at PTTP with a guest post with Mary Sharratt. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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