Book Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Posted on April 18, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane centers around Connie Goodwin, a college student working on her dissertation for her PhD in American History.  She is asked by her stuck in the 70s mother, Grace, to get her grandmother Sophia’s house cleaned up and ready to sell for back taxes.  While Connie is in the house she picks up a Bible and feels a shock as an old fashioned key with the name Deliverance Dane tied to it falls on the floor.  Thus starts the quest to find out who Deliverance Dane was and whether she would make a good dissertation topic.

As Connnie delves into musty records she realizes that Deliverance was a healer that got caught up in the hysteria surrounding the Salem witch trials.  She starts to track a recipe book that was listed among her possessions  and meets a steeplejack named Sam who becomes her love interest and also gets placed in danger as Connie gets closer to finding the physick book. 

The description in this book is enticing.  I felt I was in grandma Sophia’s kitchen touching all the ephemera of her healing practice that she left behind.  This book switches between the 1990s and the 1860s flawlessly.  You are pins and needles hoping Connie finds the physick book while staying away from her evil nemesis, Professor Chilton, who was the physick book for his own nefarious ends.   The accident that befalls Sam is also memorable and shocking. 

This book gets my big thumbs up.  It would make a good book to take camping or would also make a good present for any readers on your list.

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