**This is an ARC I received from the Goodreads First Reads program.**
This is an amazingly wonderful read. I couldn't put this book down.
Author Mary Sharratt tells the story of the Daughters of the Witching Hill from the perspective of Bess or Old Demdike as she is known by most in Pendle Forest. Bess, an impoverished widower, becomes a healer or "cunning woman" which lends her some degree of respect amongst her neighbors and a means by which to put food on the table for her growing family. There is a fine line at this time in history, however, between healing and witchcraft and political maneuvering and greed lead many of the poor women (and a few men)of Pendle Forest to be accused of witchcraft. The details of their imprisonment while awaiting trial, and of the trial itself, are told from the perspective of the young Alizon Device.
A 5-star read.