Encouraged by my fellow blogger, Zan, I wanted to share my review of “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane” by Katherine Howe.
When Zan posted his review the other day, I figured I had better read it. See, both my mother and my sister had recommended it and I kind of blew it off. I had no idea it was going to be so good. I bought myself the kindle edition last Thursday night and I finished the book yesterday. As they say, I couldn’t put it down.
It is a perfect blend of historical fiction, mystery and magic. There is just enough romance tossed in to satisfy my “chick flick” sensibilities. The main character is likable and even relate-able. Howe does a fantastic job weaving fiction into history. Since she is an Historian, this wasn’t too surprising.
It is also a book about knowing where you came from. My sister and I are both interested in genealogy, but we come up short in a lot of cases as there isn’t much information beyond our grandparents. To discover a history as complex as this would be a real find. I know the stories are out there, but we just don’t know where to find them. Our unlikely heroine, Connie, didn’t know where to look either and she got more than she bargained for when she found it. This book gave me a chance to experience that journey of discovery in my own imagination right along with her.
There was only one thing I didn’t like about this book. It is something that I universally don’t like and I have stopped reading other books half way through because of it. I am not a fan of when an author writes with an accent. Archaic language I can deal with, but the accent, using the phonetic spellings of the words, makes it difficult to read. I find myself having to slow down my normal reading pace and practically speak the words out loud so I know what it should sound like. In spite of that, I found this book delightful, and finished it in only 5 days.
This a great book that will appeal to pagans (such as myself) and non-pagans (such as my mom and sister) equally. Go ahead, read it. Share it with your family members.