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May 12, 2009


Ann (same as Deliverance's mother)

I found the dialect annoying as well, but my main gripe with the book was the totally fictitious account of the life of a real person. I am descended from the real Deliverance's brother Abraham and, knowing that Deliverance had been accused, have been trying to get more information about her for years. This book muddies the water considerably. The only thing Howe got right was the name of Deliverance's husband. Everything else was wrong: age, place of residence, children, and especially the facts that she was never tried, had two more children after she got out of prison, and lived to the ripe old age of 81. If the author wanted to make up a story about a Salem witch, why not choose one of her own relatives?

sara m

thank you for voicing what I was thinking! I enjoyed the historical aspect and the premise, but lordy me! the romance in/and puerile tone made me cringe.


I felt much the same as you did about this, very underwhelmed. Glad it's not just me, the dialogue was driving me nuts, it's so clunky.


I can see why that would be annoying, and as a New Englander: "not all New Englanders have accents". Just certain areas.

I have this book to read/review as well, but I will not be able to get to it this month.


Were you disappointed by the dialogue in general, or the use of dialect in the dialogue? I wasn't crazy about the dialect, and the dialogue was... mostly, it was just unrefined. It reminded me of how I used to write dialogue when I was a new writer (back in jr. high & high school), because that's how all the books I read then were written.


Wendy, using an accent is very difficult in writing fiction. It annoyed me in this book, too. I'd say it's better just leaving it out completely, because it really wears on the reader. That's a tough call.


I was disappointed by this book as well...it looked so good, but completely underwhelmed me. Hated the New England accent in the dialogue.

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