#HERSTORY preview :: The Darkest Shore :: Karen Brooks

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.

Here’s the book’s synopsis from the publisher’s website (and you can check it out on Goodreads here):

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.

xo Bron

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