Title: Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft
Author: Heather B. Moore
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: Mar 14, 2017
“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692
USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.
This is a moving account of the author’s 10th great grandmother. It is a tale of love and life as well as an accounting of terrible accusations and death. Moore is able to bring this time period to life in a way that uplifts and inspires the reader, even while recounting tragic events. I gained a new understanding of the Salem with trials while at the same time reading a beautiful love story. Moore handles a very difficult subject with grace and dignity. As always, I learned so much from Moore’s well researched historical fiction.