Suddenly March is almost over, which means it is time for me to read the next book in the Harper Collins/HQ Books #HERSTORY: Women Who Rebel campaign, The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks. I was kindly sent copies of all of the #HERSTORY books, so I’ll be reading this one in the next week, and sharing my review soon after that.
The independent women of Scotland stand up to a witch hunt, male fury and the power of the Church in a battle for survival in this compelling historical novel based on true events in early eighteenth century Scotland.
1703: The wild east coast of Scotland.
Returning to her home town of Pittenweem, fishwife and widow Sorcha McIntyre knows she faces both censure and mistrust. After all, this is a country where myth and legend are woven into the fabric of the everyday, a time when those who defy custom like Sorcha has are called to account.
It is dangerous to be a clever woman who ‘doesn’t know her place’ in Pittenweem – a town rife with superstition. So, when a young local falls victim to witchcraft, the Reverend Cowper and the townsfolk know who to blame. What follows for Sorcha and her friends is a terrifying battle, not only for their souls, but for their lives, as they are pitted against the villagers’ fear, a malevolent man and the might of the church.
Based on the shocking true story of the witch hunt of Pittenweem, this multi-layered novel is a beautifully written historical tale of the strength of women united against a common foe, by one of Australia’s finest writers.
I am really excited about this one – I love reading historical fiction set during witch hunts!
You can find out more about all of the books featured in Harlequin Books’ #HERSTORY: Women Who Rebel on their website.
Last month I read The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner and LOVED it – I’ll have a review of that one up here in the next few day.