Title: The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs
Author: Katherine Howe
Page Count: 338 pages
Genre: Fantasy || Historical Fiction || Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
The second book, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs can be read as a standalone however I do recommend you read the first book before diving into this one because the storyline is linear. The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs is set in 2000 and Constance Goodwin is an assistant professor at Northeastern University. Between writing her thesis for tenure, juggling the wants and needs of her students, regular life requirements and battling her mother’s insistance to break off her affiar with Sam she definitely doesn’t have time to think about the family curse – the men who love the women in her family die young. Connie is determined to avoid the curse. She sets out to find out how she can use folk magic to do so.
I loved the little flashbacks to her ancestors. That was such a treat! Any chance I get to learn more about the Salem Witch Trials I will take it. And I loooved the descriptions of plants and their latin names. Howe does her research and it shows! I truly appreciate the authors process and research when it comes to writing a book. Readers rejoice when research is properly done.
If you love books where academia surrounds you, the core of the book focuses on witches and a slower paced read that really flourishes in the writing then Katherine Howe should be your next pick. Grab this one if the synopsis intrigues you more or start with The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, either way you’ll love them.