**Disclaimer: I received an ARC Copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review whatsoever**
I’ve always had mixed emotions towards the Salem Witch Trials. From 1692-1963, Salem sank under the darkness of the rampant accusations, deaths of innocent people, and the power of the people being placed into the wrong hands al because of ridiculous superstitions. We may not know 100% of the motivations behind these accusations but this is where authors like Angela Christina Archer take us on a journey back in time to experience this dark time in America’s history.
“Twenty-five men and women were accused. Nineteen hung to their death on Gallow Hills. One suffocated under bone-crushing stones. All believed to possess the power of witchcraft.
In 1692 the fear of witchcraft is spreading around Salem Village. While those who are accused and sentenced face death, everyone else faces the risk of accusations placed upon them.
As Emmalynn Hawthorne, the daughter of a woman hung for witchcraft, places a bouquet of flowers upon her mother’s grave, a circle of black roses sprouts out of thin air. Dark magic, the roses strike fear through her heart when Mary Pruett and the handsome, James DeKane spy upon her as the pass along the traveling road. Emmalynn flees and her panic soon turns into terror as another vine of black roses sprouts and grows throughout the inside of her home. Is she a witch? Will she be the next accused?
James DeKane has secrets of his own–ones that could prove deadly for him and anyone he holds dear. At fault for the untimely death of his parents, he must protect his hidden brother and dying sister, all while fearing that the haunting prophecy bestowed upon him at birth will come to pass. Desperate and fighting the monster deep inside of him, he’s searching for the one love who can alter his destiny.”
The moment I began reading, the book’s contents immediately drew me inside the town of Salem. Emmalynn is well aquatinted with death when we first meet her. Her husband passed away from sickness and her mother murdered due to false accusations of witchcraft. Now under the dishonor placed upon her family name by the Preacher of the town, Emmalynn keeps herself in the background, seething in her anger towards the injustice of the people.
She struggles to keep her opinions under wraps while the citizens of Salem along with the overbearing preacher continue to cast their false accusations onto innocent people. While harsh words and deaths are being committed around her, a bloom of flowers mysteriously appears at the corner of her home’s floor. Much like the black roses that miraculously appeared along the corner of her mother’s grave, the sight sends fear into her when she realizes she could die for something she does not understand. That is until James DeKane appears to turn her world upside down.
In short, I admire the author’s take on the events of Salem and the twist at the end. My only problem with the story is I wish there was more information about James DeKane’s family. I want prequel about the DeKane family! There is great potential for this book to make way for a series. The possibilities of what may happen next or perhaps have a prequel, could expand what may have happened to those who escaped Salem.
For a Salem Witch trial story, I consider it a perfect addition to other books before it.
Angela lives on a ranch with her husband, two daughters, and many farm animals. She was born and raised in Nevada, and grew up riding and showing horses from hunter jumper, English equitation, western pleasure, trail, and halter. While she doesn’t show anymore, she still loves to trail ride her paint horse, Honky. In December of 2007, she and her husband moved to Oklahoma.
From a young age, she always wanted to write a novel. However, she never believed she could write anything well enough for a publisher to even consider her. Every time the desire flickered, she shoved the thought from my mind until one morning, in 2009, she awoke with the determination to follow her dream.
In December 2014, Angela launched Long Valley Press.
My Rating: 9 out of 10 Book Charms