Based on the premise that at least one of the women accused at the Salem Witch Trials might really have been a witch, this story switches back and forth between Deliverance Dane (in 17th century Salem) and Connie Goodwin, a graduate student in the 1990's who is spending the summer before starting her doctoral classes cleaning up her Granna's old house. I liked the character development and the story lines. I did find Howe's use of dialect a little disconcerting. She used no dialect with her major characters, but tried to write the speech of many of the minor characters as it would be pronounced. It only succeeded in making some of those conversations very hard to read. There is a minor point in the story where dialect makes a difference, but once that point was made, Howe could have reverted to "normal" English.
Howe is descended from two women caught up in the Salem Witch Trials, an interesting tidbit that makes the story more fascinating. All in all, an enjoyable read.