Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft

Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft

by Heather B. Moore

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Overview

In CONDEMN ME NOT: ACCUSED OF WITCHCRAFT, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941145951
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 03/13/2017
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 663,212
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
Having read quite a bit about the Salem Witch Trials I was a little trepidacious going in to this book as I was not sure which tack the author was going to take. There are several theories that have done the rounds over the years over what really happened and what led to the girls accusing seemingly ordinary women of Witchcraft. There is everything from Religious Fervour, Ergot poisoning, revenge and plain old greed. This book touches on all but the poisoning theory. Told from the perspective of the elderly Susannah North we are drawn in to her life by a series of flashbacks to her early years, her meeting and marrying her beloved husband at the ripe old age of 25 and then jumps around in an almost scattergun approach between her present in jail and on trial for Witchcraft and snapshots of her life. I did find it difficult to warm to the central character, whilst I felt empathy for the position she was in I never felt that I really knew who she was as a person. There was worryingly little about the trials themselves and what the actual accusations were - yes, there are little pieces from academic research in to the records of the time but little is shown of the trials themselves. Contrast this with the reports of the jail conditions the accused men and women were held in and we have a much clearer picture. To be perfectly honest it was quite a dry read and as I found myself becoming immersed in one scene we would suddenly jump to another, happier, time and location and the moment would be lost. Much of it also reminded me of several programmes I have seen about the Lancashire Witch Trials (local to me) and it seems that there was little difference between them and Salem so I did find myself mentally switching to Lancaster Gaol and the proceedings there rather than in their intended setting. Not a bad fictionalisation of real life events overall but a little light on detail and characterisation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a heart breaking look into the Salem witch trials. Heather takes you past the horror and injustice of the trials and follows the life and love of one woman and what led up to her execution. It is a story of love and hope in spite of the unjust world she lived in.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Some stories beg to be told and this is one of those. Based on the true story of the author's ancestor, Condemn Me Not delves into the Salem Witch Trials. My first exposure to the Trials was when I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond when I was nine or ten years old. Throughout my history classes in school, I learned basic details, but I hadn't ever stopped to think about what actually happened during this time in history. And what I learned horrified, appalled, fascinated, and engaged me. I closed the book with one huge question--WHY?? Why would people (especially those silly girls) accuse those they didn't like and sentence them to death? I typically read Happily Ever After stories, and surprisingly, this one did have a shimmer of joy, but for all the sadness, this story captured my soul and wouldn't let go. I love the way the author tells the tale--a volley between Susannah's past and how she fell madly in love with her husband and her present, where tragedy has grasped her in its clutches. I felt it was very well researched and presented in a way that draws a reluctant non-fiction reader like me completely in. It's real; it's raw; it's a sorrowful tale. The life lessons that emerge from the ashes of a devastating part of history are powerful and will stick with me for a long time. Content: conditions of neglect and some violence (not too graphic/gruesome); romance (innuendo, passionate kissing, two instances of non-graphic intimate touching; fade to black between a married couple); some religious elements, as these characters live Puritan lifestyles, but definitely nothing preachy. *I received a complimentary copy, which didn't affect my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This in an incredible telling of two phases of Susannah Martin's life. It alternated between her time as a young adult when she met her husband, their romance, and early days of their marriage, and her incarceration in her 70's when she was accused and convicted of witchcraft. My favorite parts were the happy times of course, Susannah's relationship with George was a bit unexpected since she was looking forward to being a spinster, but his charm and teasing won her over eventually (not to mention his kisses) ;) There is a real sense of what the times were like back then, the Puritan way of life in a small and gossipy community. The more difficult parts were learning significant historical details behind the volatile period where people would accuse others of witchcraft out of ignorance, but more often for revenge, monetary gain, or power in the community. It was both fascinating and upsetting that such madness occurred in our country's early history. I couldn't help but think that there are still echoes of this in today's society, where reputations can be ruined with a word, and lives destroyed through the cruelness of others. I'm glad that I read this book and it gave me more compassion for those who suffered horribly from injustice. The ending was inspiring and despite the heaviness of the experiences of Susannah in the jail, there is an underlying current of faith in spite of the hopelessness that strengthened her and those around her. Highly recommend! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft is my new favorite by Heather B Moore. I love how she tackled this time in history and the direction she took it. I admire her writing a book involving one of her own ancestors. Great book! I highly recommend this book. 5 plus stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft was an eye-opening book for me. I found Condemn Me Not a intense book to read for several reasons. Having no intimate knowledge about the Salem witch trials, reading such a thought-provoking account of the people accused of the witchcraft was shocking. From the squalor of the jails to the false accusations family, friends, and neighbors made out of fear, to the absurdly that a handful of young women could destroy the lives of so many people, Condemn Me Not is a story worth reading. Well written and full of historical details that augment but don’t overwhelm the story, Condemn Me Not is a historical novel based on Moore’s 10th great-grandmother Susannah North Martin. I like how the present story of the women confined to jail awaiting their trials was told with the flashbacks of Susannah North Martin’s love story and marriage. Reading about Susannah Martin’s ageless love story and learning about the backgrounds of the other women made Condemn Me Not a poignant and tragic story. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Condemn Me Not for my candid review.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
In this compelling piece of historical fiction, we read the story of Susannah North Martin as she awaits her trial--and ultimately her death--after being accused of witchcraft. We see the present day (Salem, 1692), interspersed with chapters that show how Susannah falling in love with George Martin and their beginning their life together. Both story lines were fascinating to me; it was very interesting to see how Susannah and the other women being held in jail were "tried" (the trials were a joke) and how they interacted with one another, as well as how each had come to be accused and all the pettiness and politics behind their accusations and convictions. That aspect of the story provided a discussion-worthy look at history. Even more than those parts of the book, though, I loved seeing Susannah and George's meeting and subsequent interactions--and how he had to persuade her to give him a chance. I just loved seeing their love story. It was sweet and funny and I was just totally drawn in by it. I haven't read ALL of Heather Moore's books, but I've read quite a few (full length and novellas) and this just might be my favorite of all of them. I was just especially eager to see how things played out for Susannah, both in her developing relationship with George and with her trial; even knowing what was ultimately going to happen, I couldn't help but want to know HOW it happened and what would lead up to it. Really riveting novel. I received a free copy from the author. All opinions are my own.