[Review] Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames by Peni Jo Renner

Title: Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames
Author: Peni Jo Renner
Publisher: iUniverse LLC September 17, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Puritan America, Salem Witch Trials
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 227
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from author Peni Jo Renner, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
In 1692, at a church meeting in Andover, Massachusetts, the Eames family is faced with their neighbor Goodman Robert Swan's "outburst" and accusation against them. Rebecca Eames, holds her tongue as long as she can, until she responds in defense with anger. Her rebuke to Goodman Swan, will require a payment of suffering. 
The village of Andover, is aware of the girls in Salem, who've been accused of being witches. A fire-storm of hysteria takes over their village. People who dislike someone call them a witch for revenge. People who are not able to understand a mysterious illness, believe it is caused by witchcraft. 

My Thoughts:
Puritan Witch, is a harsh and weighty story for two reasons. 
1. It's an example of man's inhumanity to another man (or woman). To be accused and set apart from family and community, placed in a dark and fearful prison, filthy living conditions, starved, bullied and beaten, threatened and tormented with death, and fearful for family at home. It is too much to imagine what a person accused endured. 
2. Puritan Witch, is a story which provokes empathy and emotion. Anger over the injustice. Anger over prejudice. Anger over men who are in power and abuse their authority. Anger over a mob mentality. 

Puritan Witch, is a teachable and memorable story for two reasons. 
1. It reminds me to engage my individual rights and independent thinking, and stay away from the herd mentality. 
2. In my response to people who inflict pain and suffering over another, I cannot become like them, because that would make me just as they are--fearful and ignorant and heartless.  

Author Spotlight
Peni Renner is the author of “Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames”, an award-winning historical novel based on the true-life account of Peni’s 9th great03_Peni Jo Renner-grandmother. The book is Renner’s first published work, and follows Eames’ life and struggles in 1692 Massachussetts during the Salem Witchcraft Trials.
Writing historical fiction has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I was discouraged for many years after receiving multiple rejection slips, and turned to other creative outlets like crocheting, quilting and cross-stitch for many years. Then I met a 3rd cousin of mine online who is also into geneology and history. She told me we shared a common ancestor who was involved in the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, and her story had never been told. My love of writing was rekindled and I began to research this ancestor, Rebecca Blake Eames. In August of 2012 I had the privilege of visiting her grave in Boxford, Massachusetts.
After months and months of research, writing, rewriting and revising, Puritan Witch came into being, featuring a lovely sketch done by my sister-in-law, Jane Sisk.
I have several other story ideas I am working on at the moment, all pertaining to interesting ancestors my 3rd cousin has introduced me to.
For more information please visit the Puritan Witch Facebook Page. You can also follow Peni Jo Renner onTwitter.
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