The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

The Heretic's DaughterOpening Sentence:

In 1630 Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony took a small group of men and women from the old England to the new.


November 17, 1752

I pray that with this record you will understand, and come to forgive me for what I did…

Sarah Carrier Chapman

Sarah Carrier has always been at odds with her mother, Martha, who is as tough as Sarah is wilful. A gifted herbalist, Martha spends her days plucking grasses and plants in the fields, ready to cure whatever ills come her way. The fearful villagers of Andover, near Salem, have already been infected with smallpox and now another, equally devastating plague is ready to strike: that of malicious gossip and tongue-wagging, as poisonous s any disease.

As tales of magic are spun by a group of hysterical young girls, Martha soon finds herself accused of witchcraft. Neither Sarah, nor her brothers, are prepared to see her mother die and are cast into prison themselves. And it is there that Sarah commits a fateful Heresy of her own.


Historical Fiction














Most of us know about the ‘Burning Times’, the witchcraft trials that swept the world in the seventeenth century. We also know that the horror, the terror and the injustice that made up these trials was worst in the area of Salem, Massachusetts. However, as we look back on these acts from the safety of several generations removal, we cannot quite grasp the fear, the uncertainty and the general state of mistrust that must have pervaded peoples minds at this time.

Despite it’s sometimes dry and impersonal language, this book brings the era to life. We feel with and for the characters and we are transformed by their experiences. I was especially chilled by the formal, emotionless language of the court transcripts, recording the sham trials of the accused. This book is definitely not to be missed.

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