Book Review: Down Salem Way by Meredith Allard

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Copperfield Press

Pub date: 25 June 2019

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

This is a prequel to the Loving Husband series, I haven’t read them yet!

This delves in to the history of the Salem witch trials. The story gives fantastic insight in to the lives of those who lived amongst suspicion and judgement. Some of the characters were real individuals involved in the trials like Increase Mather.

The focus is on one family who are wealthy members of society. As the number of afflicted increases the Wentworths slowly begin to feel less comfortable in Salem and begin to make plans to return to England.

When one of the helping girls who’d previously been flirting with James Wentworth is finally fired she takes her revenge by making the ultimate accusation and accusing James’ wife Elizabeth of witchcraft.

Will they be able to rescue her?

As I haven’t read the series I did find the ending a bit puzzling. It seemed to lead perfectly in to the series tho so will probably make a lot more sense to those who have read the series and I do intend to now.

I loved the characters especially Wentworth Senior and the three sisters.

The emotions captured by the author are fantastic for capturing how people must have felt at the time.

Although I enjoyed the book I’d recommend anyone interested reads the series first so this ending makes more sense.

Thank you to NetGalley and Copperfield Press for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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