#Review The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs: A Novel
by Katherine Howe

About the Book


The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs: A Novel
Occult Fiction
Henry Holt and Co. (June 25, 2019)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1250304865
ISBN-13: 978-1250304865
Kindle ASIN: B07HF3MDDH

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 family 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 magic in colonial America—especially 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 shocking realization that her partner’s life is in danger, she must race to solve the mystery behind a hundreds’-years-long deadly curse.

Flashing back through American history to the lives of certain supernaturally gifted women, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs affectingly reveals not only the special bond that unites one particular matriarchal line, but also explores the many challenges to women’s survival across the decades—and the risks some women are forced to take to protect what they love most.

 

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REVIEW

I really really wanted to love this book, but the first half of the book for me was completely boring and nothing really happens, the book does redeem itself eventually. I loved the alternative timelines but found myself wanting more on Temperance and less of Connie and her constant academia. It was too concentrated on her gearing up to get tenure and she spent a lot of time in the library or her office whilst her boyfriend of 10 years Sam sat twiddling his thumbs at home. I found Connie to be utterly self absorbed – yes I can imagine the amount of pressure she was under to write her book and secure tenure but to ignore her boyfriend, not know she was pregnant – was she that out of touch with everything but her work!?

This just made a 4 star read for me and that was only because of the Temperance Hobb timeline. Witches, Witchcraft and Salem have always held my interest, and that is what drew me to this book in the first place. If half of the academia was culled from this book it would make it a more enjoyable read, I have to admit I got bored hearing about the in and out of what is required for tenure, doctrine and all that rest – it really wasn’t needed.

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About the Author

Katherine Howe is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and The House of Velvet and Glass, as well as the young adult novels, Conversion and The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen. She served as editor of The Penguin Book of Witches and her fiction has been translated into over twenty languages. Descended from three women who were tried for witchcraft in Salem, she and her family live in New England and New York City, where she is at work on her next novel.

Twitter: @katherinebhowe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherinebhowe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katherinebhowe/

 

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I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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