The Familiars

The Familiars

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Pendle Hill 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 meets a young local woman named Alice Gray. 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 Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, this rich and compelling novel draws its characters from historical figures as it explores the lives and rights of seventeenth-century women, ultimately raising the question: Is witch-hunting really just women-hunting?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, MIRA Books,, [2019]
ISBN: 9780778369189
Branch Call Number: FIC HALL
Characteristics: 344 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Jun 22, 2019

2019; Mira/HarperCollins Canada
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I liked this historical fiction but I think I expected much more from the novel. Witchcraft, witches and witch trials have always fascinated me. While I liked the story, I just didn't connect the characters.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***


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