Merry Meet :)
We had an absolutely gorgeous Columbus Day weekend out here in Massachusetts. Truly could not ask for better. The skies were the bluest of blue, and the turning leaves lit up the sky with these amazing golden hues. Out here Columbus Day weekend is a huge weekend for Tag Sales, or garage sales as some on the west coast would call them :) My neighbors were having one and invited us to join them.
We dragged over some things that we wanted to sell, baby clothes, crib, etc and started setting things up. Fairly quickly after I had gotten there I noticed this book lying on top of the others in a stack of things that use to belong to the girl next door's mom. The image of the girl gave me chills the moment I saw it. I immediately picked it up. Of course lol :))) The book is Witch Child, by Celia Rees.
Being a beautiful day out, I spread out a blanket on the ground and curled up under the tree with this book. I've been reading it every day since. I have just a little bit left to go but what an amazing book!
It starts out in England in the year 1659. Mary Newbury journals her experiences as a girl living in a time and place where witches were not accepted. She witnessed the hanging of her grandmother firsthand. Her mother, whom has not been with her most of her life, rescued her from being hung herself, and put her on a boat to Massachusetts. They first settled in Salem when they arrived here. It's just an amazing story that I definitely intend to finish. Quite possibly tonight lol :) But I was compelled to share in case some of you out there are looking for a good read ;) Weather is getting cooler now. Well, in New England it is ;) If you get the chance to I definitely would recommend giving this one a read.
"During the witch hunts of the mid-1600s, many young Englishwomen died on the gallows, innocent victims of false or hysterical accusations of witchcraft. But what of those women who actually claimed the name "witch" as their own? In the pages of her secret journal, Mary Nuttall reveals what it is like to live in a climate of mistrust and piety in which differences are dangerous and rumors can kill, where she must hide her heritage as a healer and pagan. With a sure hand, she describes her beloved grandmother's trial and hanging as a witch, her own rescue by a mysterious noblewoman, and her eventual passage to the New World and the forest settlement of Beulah. There Mary falls under a curtain of suspicion when she willingly chooses to explore the dark woods shunned by the fearful colonists and makes friends with some of the spiritual native people. When several girls in the community begin to shriek and swoon, and the same minister who damned Mary's grandmother comes to search for signs of witchcraft, Mary is subjected to close and deadly scrutiny." - Amazon Review
Love and Blessings,