MY ENEMY’S TEARS- a gripping,vivid novel of witchcraft,Puritans and envy.

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Witchcraft has always been a fascinating subject to me,and I know I’m not the only one who can say that. There’s something eerie about the concept,that makes one turn their head away,and then cast one more peek.

There was an era when this concept was a part of people’s mentality much more than it is nowadays,and the novel I’m about to review in this post captures this mentality perfectly.

I’m talking about MY ENEMY’S TEARS: THE WITCH OF NORTHAMPTON, by Karen Vorbeck Williams,who was kind enough to send me a signed copy of her novel.

The book is a historical/biographical novel centered on Mary Bliss Parsons, a woman in 17th century New England who was tried for witchcraft.

Mary was a colonist who came to America in the 1630’s, with her family of Puritan settlers from England.  She was accused of witchcraft by her friend turned bitter enemy, Sarah Lyman Bridgeman,when her feverish child said he’d seen her figure followed by a large black mouse,and she was pulling his knee. The accusations were fortified by her sleepwalking,and by the fact that Sarah’s life seems to be on a descending path(her children keep dying),while Mary’s and her husband Joseph’s are flourishing. Of course,after being tried,the woman is freed,as she was found innocent.

The novel shines in every aspect: the characters,the storyline,the setting.But I believe its strongest point lies in the extensive research the author has done. I truly felt transported to that era,through Ms. Vorbeck’s masterful use of descriptive passages and language. I got a lot of insight about that period and that way of life,while being compellingly entertained. It’s one of those rare novels that is the complete package.Add the fact that the author is a descendant of the heroine,and you get a 10-star out of 5 historical novel with a profound and timeless message: envy destroys.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,Ms. Williams. Great,great read!

 

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