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The Familiars

Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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To save her child, she will trust a stranger.

To protect her secret, she must risk her life.

1612 Pendle Hill, England

Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth is with child again. As the mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she is anxious to provide her husband with an heir. But none of her previous pregnancies have come to term. Then she discovers a hidden letter from her physician that warns her husband that she will not survive another pregnancy.

Distraught over the frightening revelation, Fleetwood wanders the woods of Pendle Hill, where she comes across a young local woman named Alice Gray who is gathering herbs. A midwife, Alice promises Fleetwood she can help her deliver a healthy baby. But soon Alice is drawn into the frenzied accusations of witchcraft sweeping the countryside. Even the woodland creatures, the “familiars,” are suspected of practicing the dark arts. Can Fleetwood trust that Alice is really who she says she is?

As the two women’s lives become intertwined, Fleetwood must risk everything to prove Alice’s innocence in order to save her own unborn child. The hunt for witches reaches fever pitch. Time is running out. The trials are about to begin. Both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the real Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, this rich and compelling novel draws its characters from historical figures as it explores the lives and rights of 17th-century women, ultimately raising the question of whether witch-hunting is really just women-hunting.

©2019 Stacey Bartlett (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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  • 03-16-19

good but not worth the big hype

I just finished listening to the book and I have mixed feelings about it .. it was ok and interesting considering it's based on true events and characters but I don't think it's worth the big hype . most reviewers gave the book 5 stars but I am starting to distrust reviewers. the book is a bit slow and by the end of the book I lost interest m I just wanted to know how it would end . lol of I were reading the book i'd just read the last chapter .. was it worth listening to ? I guess .. though I wish I had gotten it on sale rather than waste my credit on it .