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A magical bloodline. A family curse. Can Connie break the spell before it shatters her future?

A bewitching novel of a New England history professor who must race against time to free her family from a curse, by Katherine Howe, New York Times best-selling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.

Connie Goodwin is an expert on America’s fractured past with witchcraft. A young, tenure-track professor in Boston, she’s earned career success by studying the history of magic in colonial America - especially women’s home recipes and medicines - and by exposing society's threats against women fluent in those skills. But beyond her studies, Connie harbors a secret: She is the direct descendant of a woman tried as a witch in Salem, an ancestor whose abilities were far more magical than the historical record shows. 

When a hint from her mother and clues from her research lead Connie to the shocking realization that her partner’s life is in danger, she must race to solve the mystery behind a hundreds’-years-long deadly curse. 

Flashing back through American history to the lives of certain supernaturally gifted women, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs affectingly reveals not only the special bond that unites one particular matriarchal line, but also explores the many challenges to women’s survival across the decades - and the risks some women are forced to take to protect what they love most.  

©2019 Katherine Howe (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Good!

I thought this was a great follow-up to the first book. I might recommend re-reading or reviewing the first book before listening to this one. Very helpful!

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Loved it!

I purchased this book in audio form. I am not sure if I would have loved it otherwise to be honest. The narrator was great. The plot twist were very good.

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Not Good in so Many Ways

About two months ago I relistened to the prequel of this book. Then I found out that there was a second book in the story. There is about a 10 year gap between the two books. You would’ve expected a lot to happen. You would expect a lot of character development and maturation. You would expect to be excited about what this next story concerns. Unfortunately, The main characters, Connie, Grace and Sam have not developed emotionally. As another reader/review stated, Connie is not particularly likable. She is unwilling to confront her own emotions or share them with others. She is stupidly obstinate about things, which in the long run does her character a disservice.
I could go on, but I won’t. Suffice it to say, if you enjoyed the first book, just write your own version of the second book. No doubt, it will satisfy you more.

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One of those books

This didn't start out as something I thought I would LOVE. But it certainly ended up there.

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I wanted more love....

I read the first book a long time ago, but it was interesting so it came back to me. This is a good continuation, but I found it difficult to connect with the main character who is on a mission to save the one she loves. The only problem for me is that she's not a nice person, uptight and grumpy, not loving at all to the one she's trying to save. I'm not quite finished yet and I hope it ends well, but I'm having a hard time getting there.

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How does such poor weak writing get published???

It may be an interesting story? I can't know because the wonky unpolished rough ridiculous 'quality' of the (so-called) professional writitng. Its happening more and more since the publishing crash but I still expect a bare minimum standard from actual publishing houses...its 'prose' so clunky and unpleasant....I can't even hear thru to whatever 'story' shes failing to tell. I've bought dozens of self-published works that demonstrated far high standards. Publisher ls and editors DO BETTER. This is not quality writing. The 'writing' is an obstacle to the story. Jeeze. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. Such shitty work published and celebrated?! Baffling

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Just not that interesting of a story

I typically like books like this but it took me ages to get into it and then not much happened. There were a few interesting parts that seemed to be just left unexplained and the climax wasn’t terribly exciting. I think Katherine Howe is a good writer the pacing was just really off.

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Good Story But Not Great Like Book 1

it was a good story but not as magical as the original. I suppose going back and forth in time between the 90s and the past might have tampered down some of the fantasy aspects of the story but I understand the challenge of being able to pull it off without being too phony. The plot was pretty streamlined, involving primarily the mystery of figuring out what all the ingredients were needed to perform an old spell. The flashbacks were for this same purpose. Unfortunately this led to a pretty simplistic overall plot and not as much suspense or surprise. Overall kept me entertained enough while on the stationary bike even if it wasnt as entertaining as the first book; "The Physique Book of Deliverance Dane" which stood out to me as exceptional and the reason I selected this book in the 1st place. While the 2nd book refers to the history of the 1st, it isn't necessary to have read the 1st in order to "get" the 2nd (although I recommend the 1st book over this one). The narrator was clear and her tone fit the more low key tone of this book (meant in a good way).

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Just what I didn’t know I wanted

The reader’s voice took a little getting used to. I don’t think it’s the same narrator as the first book in the series so that was odd. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to the physic book of deliverance Dane so I might be wrong but it still took some getting used to. I really loved the story though.

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Nice Sequel

I enjoyed this story. It is intelligent. Nice narrator. The modern part about college life is quite realistic. I got a Ph.D. And the whole process really was brutal.

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