Word Shakers On Line Book Club December Pick

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HI everyone!  With my recent trip and life stuff I am a bit behind on this post.  I want to thank everyone who participated in last months Word Shaker book discussion of The Help by Katherine Stockett.  I had a lot of fun with that book and it was great to discuss it with all of you!


Our next read is going to be:  The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent


aaMartha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.


If you have reviewed (or read) this book and want to join in the discussion please leave a comment below so I know to include you.  If you would like to pick up the book and share in this discussion, please also let me know by leaving a comment below.

This On Line Book Club is open to bloggers and non bloggers alike – by leaving a comment here I will be able to email you a list of questions that as you finish up the book, answer and email back to me.  Our discussion will go live the last Monday of December.  That gives you a good 5+ weeks to read the book.  Please invite others to join in by blogging of twittering about this!

*All active participants in the discussion will go into a drawing for a copy of our January read.

18 thoughts on “Word Shakers On Line Book Club December Pick

  1. I’ve really wanted to read this one but have made entirely too many commits to be able to do it this month. Hope to catch back up with you next month!

  2. I just finished the Heretic’s Daughter and Kathleen did a wonderful job of building the period around the characters and then fleshing out the principals I always knew that Martha Carrier was considered a woman who didn’t mince her words or keep her opinions to herself, but I didn’t fully appreciate how tough retaining her integrity would have been in such degrading conditions as the early prisons. For Martha, a confession would have been so much simpler and she, with little personal cost, would have remained alive. It also does make sense that she might have told her children to save themselves.

    1. Sue, this book sounds so wonderful…. I have delayed reading it so it is fresh in my mind for our Word Shaker review – but when I read things like what you just wrote I just want to start right away! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your comments here!

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