Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wheelwright’s Daughter by Eleanor Porter. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resourcesfor my stop on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think.
Can she save herself from a witch’s fate?
Martha is a feisty and articulate young woman, the daughter of a wheelwright, living in a Herefordshire village in Elizabethan England. With no mother Martha’s life is spent running her father’s meagre household and helping out at the local school whilst longing to escape the confines and small-mindedness of a community driven by religious bigotry and poverty.
As she is able to read and is well-versed in herbal remedies she is suspected of being a witch. When a landslip occurs – opening up a huge chasm in the centre of the village – she is blamed for it and pursued remorselessly by the villagers.
But can her own wits and the love of local stablehand Jacob save her from a witch’s persecution and death…
The Wheelwright’s Daughter is a fantastic debut novel and I’m really looking forward to reading more from Eleanor Porter.
This large cast of characters is handled really well. Many are unlikable, which was purposeful. Each character is really well rounded and written though. I’m impressed with how realistic they felt.
A bit slow to start, but when it started to pick up, it was hard to put down. I think this was beautifully written. I felt as though I was transported back in time.
I’m impressed with this book and definitely recommend giving it a shot.
*I recieved a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
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