Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Spotlight: Puritan Witch by: Peni Jo Renner


Description:

On a cold night in 1692, two young girls are caught up in the divining games of a slave woman—and then begin to act very strangely when the game goes wrong. 

Suddenly, Salem Village is turned upside down as everyone fears that witches may be involved. Six months later, as news of the girls’ strange behavior becomes known, fear and suspicion overwhelm a nearby farming community, pitting neighbors against neighbors and turning friends into enemies. When Rebecca Eames makes one careless utterance during a verbal attack on her family, she is falsely accused of witchcraft. 

After her fate is decided by three magistrates, Rebecca must endure a prison sentence during which she and her fellow captives have no choice but to valiantly struggle to find humanity and camaraderie among dire conditions. In this novel based on a true story, a woman wrongly imprisoned during the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials comes full circle where she must determine if she can somehow resume her life, despite all she has endured.

Author: 
Peni Jo Renner is the direct descendant of Rebecca Blake Eames, one of over 150 innocent people accused of witchcraft during the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692. Rebecca Eames is her ninth great-grandmother.

Puritan Witch; The Redemption of Rebecca Eames, is a fictionalized account of one Puritan family’s ordeal during the witchcraft hysteria of colonial Massachusetts. When Rebecca Eames makes one careless utterance during a verbal attack on her family, she is falsely accused of witchcraft. After her fate is decided by three magistrates, Rebecca must endure a prison sentence during which she and her fellow captives have no choice but to valiantly struggle to find humanity and camaraderie among dire conditions. 

Kelly Z. Conrad, author of the award-winning novel, Shaman, says of Puritan Witch, “Elegantly written, meticulously researched, and historically accurate, the author’s work rings true. Renner’s vast talent as a writer is enhanced by that fact that she’s telling the story of her own family, completely captivating from beginning to end.”

Puritan Witch has won iUniverse’s prestigious Rising Star award. Puritan Witch is her first novel. 

Puritan Witch is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Bookstore section of iUniverse.com  under the Rising Star section. Softcovers retail for $18.95, hardcover $28.95 and e-book for $3.99. Signed copies are available through the author’s web site, www.facebook.com/PuritanWitch 

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