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The Witchfinder's Sister
The Witchfinder's Sister | Beth Underdown
A thrilling debut novel, a literary historical thriller based on the devastating witch hunts in 1640s England conducted by Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins for readers of Sarah Waters and Katherine Howe."
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Pageturner1
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Found an interesting book at the dollar tree. It‘s based on a true story. Hope its good. 😁

Caroline2 I really enjoyed this but it is really sad. 2y
Pageturner1 thats good to know. @Caroline2 i wondered how dollar tree books were. 2y
OrangeMooseReads This one was ok for me. ... Love a good Dollar Tree book find. 2y
Pageturner1 @OrangeMooseReads if i like it i sure will be looking for more. 2y
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Tamra
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Chilling what people are willing to believe, past & present. 🥺

LeahBergen I enjoyed this one. 👍🏻 2y
Tamra @LeahBergen the author‘s note at the end brought the account to life. The injustices make my heart heavy to think about. 2y
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Birdsong28
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Good. An excellent atmospheric book that will keep you turning the pages. It shows the horror of the witch trials in rich detail and how people were deceived into believing what was being done was actually for the greater good.

#Penquin
@PenguinPublishing
@penguinrandomhouse

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2y
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Magslhalliday
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Telling the story of the infamous English Witchfinder General from the imagined view of his sister. Fast-paced, and with some very neat reveals at the right points.

Also, #LitsyAtoZ letter U!

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Did you finish the challenge? Remember to update your form by 1/1/2021 for a chance at a $25 Amazon Gift card (link on my wall!) 2y
Magslhalliday @BookishMarginalia I only just updated the form! I'm not in it for the prizes. Just happy to have done it without a single double in 2020 (so not counting a book for two letters)!
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BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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Magslhalliday
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Library is reopen for browsing so I have a fresh stack. I‘ve got stuck in to The Witchfinder‘s Sister as it get me my U for #LitsyAtoZ, then some light crime. I only realised afterwards that picking the Christie with the quote about witches I primed myself to spot the witch finder novel.

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MsMelissa
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Today‘s #bookmail from Book Outlet 😊

LeahBergen I enjoyed The Witchfinder‘s Sister. 2y
MsMelissa @LeahBergen you‘ve already read it? It‘s not that old though 😂🤣😂 2y
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theladygreer
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‪Today on my blog: this intriguing #read99women recommendation from Erin Lindsay McCabe, plus an aside on how some of my characters come by their last names: http://www.greermacallister.com/blog/2020/2/8/read99women-erin-lindsay-mccabe‬

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Roxy26
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Such an interesting book! I had never given any thought to witchcraft or heard of Mathew Hopkins before, so I learned a lot - particularly as it was only partly fictitious.

Easy to read, fast paced and harrowing. Thumbs up from me!

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3y
Roxy26 It was really gripping! 3y
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squirrelbrain
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I enjoyed this ‘based on a real person‘ novel about witch hunts in Essex, just prior to the Salem witch trials in the US and I learned a lot about how the witch hunts were actually carried out.

It is rather a dark book though, so don‘t read if you‘re looking for a bit of light relief!

aprilpohren This looks and sounds very intriguing!! 3y
rockpools Oh interesting! I‘m listening to this atm, based around the time of the Pendle witch trials - a bit earlier maybe. A young woman employs a local midwife, who she suspects may be or know wise women, as she‘s desperate to carry a child to term. Her husband and his friends, meanwhile, are involved in the prosecutions. 3y
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3y
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squirrelbrain @RachelO - I have The Familiars on my TBR shelf. I have it down for #booked2020 for ‘animal on cover‘, so it will be interesting to compare the two books.... 3y
Cinfhen I thought this was a pretty good HF novel and an interesting period of time 3y
Caroline2 I enjoyed this one too. 👍 3y
LeahBergen I was pleasantly surprised by this book. 👍🏻 3y
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squirrelbrain
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Thanks so much Vicki @TobyBon for my amazing #jolabokaflod gift. The book looks wonderful and I can‘t wait to try the new chocolate - I‘ve tried some ‘dark milk‘ before and loved it. (I did move it away from the fire pretty quickly once I‘d taken the pic!)

Have a great Christmas!

Thanks for hosting @MaleficentBookDragon 😘

MaleficentBookDragon Dark milk? Now that is intriguing. ♥it! Happy #Jolabokaflod! 3y
TobyBon I'm glad you like the book and it got to you in time 😁 3y
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this book! 3y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Mehso-so

Not terrible, but not fantastic either. It‘s written well and the story has interest. It may perhaps be me but this just felt ok. I would recommend it for someone looking for an easy read about witch hunting and family. The author tried to put too many background factors into the story and it complicates the story too much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MumWhoLovesToRead
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Mehso-so

Good read

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LeahBergen
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My current read (and it‘s starting out well 👍🏻).

overtheedge Looks really good! 3y
Susannah I‘ve seen this a couple of times and been intrigued. I look forward to your review. (Wonderful cover art!) (edited) 3y
Cinfhen I read this as an ARC. I enjoyed it 3y
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ferskner That cover is so lovely! I like the US edition too but I think your's is better. 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds good Leah ! Stacking 3y
Mdargusch So pretty. And love the 🍷 3y
LeahBergen @overtheedge @Susannah @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @Mdargusch It was a fast 4-star read for me with some really interesting history and an appealing narrator. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3y
LeahBergen @ferskner I like both covers, too, but there‘s just something so appealing about that floral border. 😀 3y
Centique I‘m in love with that border 😍 3y
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AprilMae
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Here is my #SpookyTBR for Day 1 of #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge Can't wait to dive in!!! 🎃🎃🎃
@4thhouseontheleft

Sleepswithbooks Your spiders are great!! 3y
alisiakae Those spiders are seriously creepy!
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Linsy Those spiders actually really creeped me out as I was scrolling through! 🕷 3y
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Arkrayder
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I honestly believe that something like this novel could happen today. Just look what‘s happening in our world today. Matthew Hopkins took it upon himself to ostracize and condemn women, many of them old women, who didn‘t conform to “society” standards. History repeats itself. Just under a different name.

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Tashreads
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So now I am fired up! And angry! I'm angry that for centuries our patriarchal system has been oppressing and undermining women. And I'm angry that when said women did not conform to societal expectations, they were labelled as 'delicate', 'mad' or in this case 'WITCH!' This is a deeply unsettling and atmospheric read, made all the more appalling because it is based on true events in Essex and Sussex in the 1600's. More in comments ⬇️ rant not over

Tashreads Matthew Hopkins is a true psychopath and misogynist and is one of the most detestable characters I have had the displeasure to meet in years. 4y
Tashreads The hypocrisy and injustice of this world just made me once again recognise the continued and continuous 'witch hunts' that go in today's society. *Drops mic* *smashes everything* 4y
sprainedbrain Love this review! Stacking 4y
Lauraandherbooks I love to read true history books- the good and the bad , I remember a brief study of this period and look forward to reading this 4y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Found this at The Dollar Tree today. If it‘s not good I‘m only out a $1.06. #dollartreereads

BridgetteM I enjoyed it. Hope you do, too! 4y
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SaraHasClass
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Mehso-so

Superstition, fear, mistrust & power intertwine in this brother vs sister tale set in the 1600s. While a well written book, I don't particularly like the topic or the era. Nevertheless, I slogged through the book & was glad because I really liked the ending.

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Caroline2
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This is a good book but it was a harrowing read. What those poor women went through... 😔 Thanks @TrishB for getting it for me, it‘s historical fiction at its best! 👍🏻

Bookladylinda I loved this one too!!!! 4y
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 4y
Libby1 I need to read this soon! The lovely @ScorpioBookDreams sent my a beautiful copy. @Caroline2 - I‘ll FINALLY be sending November‘s book to you today. So sorry for the delay. 4y
Caroline2 @Libby1 no worries! I‘m drowning under my mount tbr at the mo any way! 😆 4y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book112
I will read absolutely anything about the Salem Witch Trials, but I'm not as familiar with the trials in England. So when I found a book loosely based on the actions of a real witchfinder from 1645, I had to read it. And this book did not disappoint. The characters are so complex that it's not always clear whether you should root for or against them, and the author clearly did her research regarding the way people lived at that time.

Cinfhen This was surprisingly really good. Informative and gripping 4y
Texreader Sounds so good! It‘s been on my tbr list for a while. Hopefully I can get a copy soon 4y
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Caroline2
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That‘s the holiday reads chosen and packed! 👍🏻 Although I‘m going away with a 7 & 5yr old so I‘m kidding myself that I‘m gonna get much time to read!! 😆

Mitch Good luck! 4y
Libby1 Have fun! Where are you going? 4y
Caroline2 @Libby1 Thanks! Just down to the New Forest for half term! 👍🏻 4y
LeahBergen Have fun! 4y
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Fridayfilms
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I love a witchy book, and thought this was a refreshing take on a time, place and perspective - not least of which (witch?) because these events happened in locations that I can picture perfectly, as I‘ve lived near and/or travelled through them.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Mehso-so

This could have been great historical fiction. The imagined life of the sister of one of the English 17 century witchfinders offered lots of insights into community distrust particularly of single and widowed women and the silencing of those women. However for me the characters were one dimensional and there were was a rush to finish the story leaving some unanswered questions. Writing style was also a tad stilted.

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JennAndrew
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Mehso-so

One I finished a couple of weeks back and didn‘t post- again! I wanted to love this, but never felt fully satisfied by it. I get really frustrated by characters who don‘t speak up/ out (no doubt reflecting frustration with my own lack of confidence, but that‘s by the bye) & there was a lot of that. I know it was based on fact , but I‘d have loved it to have been subverted. Let them have been powerful witches & hexed the hell out of him! 🧙🏻‍♀️😄

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RedLeaves
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Absorbing mix of historical fact & poetic licence. Superstition & religion saw families turning each other over to the witch finder for the slightest word which could be connected however coincidentally to an incident of misfortune. Told from the point of view Alice who is, it would seem, born into a family of misogynistic, power hungry men with questionable moral compass'. Enjoyed very much, bit of a slow burner initially but worth sticking with

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kimlovesbooks
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Hope this is good!!

Cinfhen I liked it!! 5y
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Lauren.Archer
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Mehso-so

Very Blah...IMO. Going to try to find a bookstore with a better book.

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Lauren.Archer
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Have been on a fantastic cruise this week, and there was not much time for reading. Have a long way to travel today, so planning on digging into this one.

LauraBrook Sounds like a good reason not to have read much! And that you get to tuck into a book on the way home is just perfect. Hope it‘s a good‘un! 5y
Bookladylinda This is a good one! 5y
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Martta
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Went yesterday to use my gift card to local bookstore. I found these. Some local history and a bit of historical fiction. 📚

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TiredEyes
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Must say I really enjoyed this book. Was a blend of fact and fiction. Scary as to what went on during those crazy times when faith and superstition were so powerful that people would think nothing of killing their own family . I used to read alot of Phillipa Gregory back in the day and this book rekindled my love for historical works.

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BooksCatsMaine
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Anyone in the mood for feminist historical novels? This one's for you! Exciting and well-paced, a thoroughly enjoyable read!

(PS I HATE the cover art, though).

This is Book 2 of my #52BooksIn2018 challenge!

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KimHM
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If I‘m succumbing to #tbr temptation, I want everyone else to have the chance as well 😄📚❤️! It‘s $1.99 in ebook today.

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elliebatey
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Can't wait to start reading this 😌

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JaneyWaneyB
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I NEED TO STOP BUYING BOOKS! 🤔😣😕🤗😃🤓 Ah who cares? It's my money so I'll spend it on building my own library thank you very much 😉 I can't wait to read The Witch Finder's Sister it is based in my home county of Essex and looks like an amazing story. How to Stop Time also looks brilliant. Thank you to the Richard & Judy Book Club for the recommendations 😊

#Bookaholic #TooManyBooksNotEnoughTime #BuildingALibrary #BookNerd #FullyBooked

BookMaven9 The Charlie Parker series by John Connolly is the absolute best 5y
JaneyWaneyB Thank you @Booklover2 I'm in a slump at the mo after reading The Song of Achilles so I think I will make it my next read 😁 5y
BookMaven9 It‘s a series that gets better and better. I just got the latest one. Looking forward to song of Achilles 5y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Mehso-so

Just finished the day before it was due back. I found this slow and dragging along in parts and give it 2.5 ⭐️. It really wasn‘t as good as I thought it would be.

Chelsibeau I‘m with you on that ins 5y
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Theresa
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Three of my 2017 reading challenges include a judge by the cover-type of prompt. IMHO, this one definitely fits the bill. If the first page is any indication, I'm really going to enjoy this one! #LitsyReadingChallenge #BetterWorld #ModernMrsDarcy

Zelma Beautiful cover. No wonder you picked it up. 😍 5y
PenguinInFlight Gorgeous cover!! 😍 5y
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fromthistles
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Excited to read this book set in 1645 which seems closely comnected to 2017.

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imabusybee
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2 books to finish by tomorrow night 😩
I got this. 😼

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imabusybee
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They love my reading chair. #catsoflitsy

Bookzombie 💕🐱🐱 (edited) 5y
AmyG Mine is always in my reading chair, too. They are so sweet. (edited) 5y
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imabusybee
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So behind...🙄

Cathythoughts Love the title & cover 👍 5y
TrishB I really enjoyed this 👍 5y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I liked the beginning & end, but the middle dragged for me 🙈 5y
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PirateJenny
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This is my choice for #firstpersonnarrator The title says it all. Based on the life of Matthew Hopkins Witchfinder General. A full review will follow soon. #uncannyOctober @RealLifeReading

TrishB Enjoyed this one 👍 5y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Alice returns to her childhood home after her husband‘s sudden death. She discovers her half brother, Matthew, is keeping a book of names of suspected witches. This is a page turner for any fan of historical fiction. Also, that ending had me yelling noooo!! ...Get the audiobook, it‘s well narrated! 👍

Ok, now I‘m done spamming your feeds. ✌️❤️

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LeahBergen
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#FiveStarPredictions (part 2) from my "historical fiction" TBR.

I could do this TBR challenge with about ten different genres but I'll spare you all. ?

Leftcoastzen Nice! 5y
britt_brooke Some lovely covers! 5y
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Cinfhen And I've got another one on my #TBRbingo 5y
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen Thanks! 😊 5y
LeahBergen @britt_brooke I think I was under the (cover) influence a wee bit. 😉 5y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Your liking of it influenced my purchase! 😆 5y
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly Isn't it great? It's a Wuthering Heights retelling (from the maid's perspective). (edited) 5y
Cinfhen Oh no😱I liked it, but it wasn't a five star read for me 😬 5y
MamaGina Essex Serpent and Butcher's Hook are both excellent!🤓 5y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen No worries! I read historicals like this for palate cleansers. They're cozy reads for me so I'm a little more forgiving if they aren't "perfect". ? 5y
Cinfhen I like your idea of "cozy" ??? 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want Essex Serpent just for the cover!!! Lol 😊 5y
Kalalalatja The Butcher's Hook was soooo weird, wonderful and good! 5y
charl08 I'm really enjoying all these TBR pics. Good to know I'm not the only one with plenty to read 📚 5y
LeahBergen @MamaGina Oh, good to hear! 👏🏻 5y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I think it all goes back to the massive amounts of historical romances I read as a teenager! These are the natural progression. 😉 5y
LeahBergen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The cover MAY have influenced me. 😉 5y
LeahBergen @Kalalalatja Oh, good! I'm getting excited about it all over again. 😂 5y
LeahBergen @charl08 Exactly! Litsy makes me feel more normal. 😆 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen lots of covers influence me!! I'm beginning to think I have a problem!! 😉😳 5y
batsy Lovely choices, all of these are on my radar except Nelly Dean which I'm just hearing about. I have a feeling it's promptly going on the TBR 😉 5y
LeahBergen @batsy It looks like such a fun one. I have a weakness for "maid tales". ? 5y
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Char
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"that understanding a book is not the same as being able to spell out all of the words."

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TrishB
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Fab historical fiction 😀 I knew the very bare bones about Matthew Hopkins so I could enjoy the story without thinking about the accuracy ( though reading around afterwards it's very accurately based on known facts).
Very frightening the excuses they've made up through history to kill women 😔
Definitely a pick if you like historical fiction!
Thanks @DeborahSmall 💜

Cinfhen I read this one and found it very informative and engaging 😍 6y
TrishB @Cinfhen still thinking about all those women!! 6y
Cinfhen So terrible! And those men got such pleasure from all of it 6y
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TrishB @Cinfhen and using religion as an excuse!! History does have a habit of repeating itself! 6y
ScorpioBookDreams I've had this on my TBR for months! 🙈 6y
emily_m_tubb Looks fascinating! Adding it to my growing tbr list! 6y
Ms.Story Been wanting this one for a while. Glad you enjoyed it! I guess i'll have to buy it now 😉😊 6y
TrishB @Ms.Story another one to buy 😀 6y
TrishB @emily_m_tubb that list just keeps growing!! 6y
TrishB @ScorpioBookDreams this one leapt to the top for once! 6y
LeahBergen Oh, this one looks GOOD. 😮 6y
batsy You've convinced me 👍 6y
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TrishB
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Some lunchtime reading 😀 have coveted this book for a while - thanks to my #litsypenpal @DeborahSmall I'm now tucking into it 💜

LeeRHarry What a gorgeous cover! 😍 6y
batsy Nice! I'm curious about this one. 6y
erzascarletbookgasm Has been on my radar, coveting this now 😊 6y
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bunny Oooh, I love that cover! 6y
PirateJenny So much better than the US cover. 6y
DeborahSmall Hope you enjoy it 😘 6y
TrishB @LeeRHarry @bunny @PirateJenny I've looked at the US one - this is indeed nicer 😀 6y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

Historical fiction with some interesting turns. I liked some of the characters. But I found the pacing abbot confusing, and the level of detail given uneven throughout.

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Suetara
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I've found it hard to concentrate on reading over the last few days-the news has been a bit distracting. But, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be insidious. An excellent work of historical fiction.

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