Author: Peni Jo Renner
Publisher: iUniverse LLC September 17, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Puritan America, Salem Witch Trials
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.
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.
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