This is a very engaging and electrifiying novel. It will keep the reader at the edge of his/her seat throughout the whole book until she reaches the end.
This book became an instant bestseller in the UK, is award-winning Jeanette Winterson’s singular vision of a dark period of complicated morality, sex, and tragic plays for power in a time when politics and religion were closely intertwined. I always love to read about these times because they are like show us how life was before our times.
After the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, every Catholic conspirator in England fled to a wild, untamed place far from the reach of London law.
On Good Friday in 2612, deep in the woods of Pendle Hill, amid baptismal pools and low, thick fog, a gathering of thirteen is interrupted by the local magistrate. two of their coven have already been in prison for witchcraft and are awaiting trial. But those who remain are vouched for by the wealthy and respected Alice Nutter.
Shrouded in mystery and gifted with eternally youthful beauty, Alice is established in Lancashire society and insulated by her fortune. Yet she is also plagued by questionable allegiances and rumors of a dark and torrid love affair with another woman.
This book is quite an amazing story. I don’t usually like witchcraft stories. But this one won me over, I must say. I read this novella within a few hours, and then decided to read a few of Jeanette Winterson’s other books.
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth