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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Those in Maryland have heard the legend of Moll Dyer and her witchy ways, but if you want to know the truth of the matter you'd be best off reading an account from someone who was there. Sister Witch: The Life of Moll Dyer is her own personal reflections and diary. A young girl only wanted the best in life, never looking for any trouble, but the prejudices of men influenced and affected every part of her life, from hiding her training in the old world herbal ways, to passing her baby off as her brother. When she and her uncle needed help on the farm, she refused to buy a slave. She made her uncle buy a black woman, Nema, that no one wanted and then immediately told her that after she had worked seven years, she was free. For that, Nema became her best friend and fiercest protector. Author David Thompson has given us a well written book that looks into the life of someone who didn't subscribe to the attitudes of the time.
In Sister Witch: The Life of Moll Dyer, Moll makes friends with the local Indians and a former slave. This bothers people in the town. Because she and her uncle had the foresight to build their farm beside a small creek, and they had water while most of the town was suffering a drought, instead of realizing their good planning, the townsfolk called Moll a witch. When Moll worked from sunup to sundown to bring in a good crop, instead of acknowledging her hard work, people said women couldn't work the way a man did - it must be witchcraft. Author David Thompson gives you the life of a woman from innocence to death, who wanted nothing more than to provide for her family and friends, to give her son a good life, and to have loyal friends around her. She never wanted any trouble with anyone, but it seems that trouble is what she ended up getting. This is definitely a story everyone should read.