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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
In the wake of the Salem witch trials, the surrounding areas of the new world are awash in suspicion, gossip, and rumors, all with a dark intent. Rebecca Eames makes one small slip of the tongue during an altercation and suddenly the weight of these accusations falls on her. Having her fate decided by harsh disciplinarian magistrates, she is sentenced to prison, where she and her fellow inmates struggle against their fate, their sentence, and must also find the will to survive.
Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames presents quite a bit to think about, with just the title alone. Having always been a fan of witches, the occult in general, and definitely Salem and the Salem Witch trials, this was a joy for me to read and review. Peni Jo Renner brings the familiar (If you've read The Crucible, that is) characters of Tituba, Abigail Williams, and Betty Paris to life in the very first chapter. The events of the Salem witch trials are infamous. What no one ever speaks about is what happened to surrounding towns and villages after the trials concluded. Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames is a story of the fear, suspicion, and accusations as they permeate the surrounding communities. The narration was exquisite, really painting a picture in my head and bringing to life the language of the Puritans much better than it usually is done. I loved that it was based on a true story and that the story really expands on a piece of the darkest of American history. Such a cool read!