Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isobel and Edward arrived in the New World with hopes for a better and brighter future. But shortly after their arrival, Edward leaves his young wife to defend for herself. Luckily, Isobel is a master in her trade and puts her seamstress skills to work. But abandoned by her husband and lonely, she falls into the arms of darl and handsome Nathaniel Hawthorne. Unfortunately, her happily ever after is short-lived and the young girl finds herself in yet another misfortunate situation.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the novel. It covers the history of the Salem witch trials, and our main heroine Isobel comes from the line of women who fell under the witchcraft category. I also enjoyed the back story of the well-known Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hester is a great novel, full of interesting historical facts and an overall absorbing story. Rumor has it that Isobel is an inspirational character behind Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”, and now, more than ever, I am eager to read this classic. Thank you, NetGalley for giving me an opportunity to read this book.

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