New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe returns to the world of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane with a bewitching story of a New England history professor who must race against time to free her fiancé from a curse.
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 domestic healing arts — 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 startling realization that her beloved fiancé’s life is in danger, she must hurry to solve the mystery behind a hundreds’-years-long deadly cycle to save him.
Using flashbacks through American history to gather learnings from supernaturally gifted women, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs affectingly captures not only the special bond that links one particular matriarchal line, but also makes plain the many challenges to women’s survival across the decades — and the risks some must take to keep their families alive.
Katherine Howe is completing a PhD in American and New England Studies, and is a descendant of Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the Salem witch trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not. The idea for The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane developed while Howe was studying for her doctoral qualifying exams and walking her dog through the woods between Marblehead and Salem. She lives in Massachusetts, with her husband.