‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’, by Beth Underdown, comes highly recommended. It is the Historical Pick from the Richard and Judy’s book club, and has received glowing praise from authors and critics alike. It is the story of Alice, the sister of Matthew Hopkins – the titular and infamous ‘Witchfinder General’. Alice is forced to return to her brother’s home in Essex after her husband dies in London, shortly after her mother has passed away. She is in the early stages of pregnancy, and unsure about what her place will be with her brother, as they are not close. He offers her a home with him and she accepts, but over the coming months she grows uneasy with Matthew’s investigations of women in the village. She is drawn further and further into his world of superstition and religious fervour, and desperately seeks the truth while struggling to understand her brother’s motivations. Continue reading “The Witchfinder’s Sister”
‘Trouble’ is the story of Hannah, a rebellious 15 year old who is brought down to earth when she realises she’s pregnant. She’s got a bit of a reputation, and most people assume she doesn’t know who the father is. Actually, they start a humiliating facebook group to guess who the father is. Hannah knows exactly who the father is, but she’s not telling and he’s not interested.
In Lena’s world, love has been declared a dangerous disease. Her people believe it’s the root of all evil, the cause of all violence and wars. Everyone who turns eighteen is matched with a suitable wife/husband, but undergoes a surgical cure so that they are fully immunised against the dangerous effects of love. Lena’s own mother was a victim of the terrible plague, and she’s waited all her life to finally be immunised, to finally be safe. But when she meets Alex, a boy from a completely different world, everything she thought she knew and believed changes around her.