#Bookreview for The Black Hours by Alison Williams @AlisonW_Editor #historical #fiction

The Black Hours

I have always hated hearing people bleat on about how life is not fair, because in my mind I don’t understand what right they have to expect it to be so. However, throughout The Black Hours I kept being reminded of just how unfair life was for those suspected of witchcraft.

At the beginning of this story we meet Alice Pendle and her grandmother, Margaret (Maggie) Prentice, who provide midwifery services to the women of the Coggeshall as well as making up herbal remedies to help those who are sick. This way of life appears to be common practice at that time but when things go wrong there are those who, as some form of revenge, call in help from outside to rid the village of those suddenly perceived as witches.

Matthew Hopkins tackles his role as Witchfinder General with a passionate almost evangelical zeal and there is never even the faintest waver in his belief that he could in any way be wrong in what is he doing.

Following a successful hanging of five witches at Halstead he arrives in Coggeshall and sets to work immediately.  I found him a vain and arrogant man, deluded in the way his went about his business. There was nothing fair about his treatment of Alice and Maggie, who were brutalised and battered into submission. He obtained ‘evidence’ by twisting people’s words and this supposed man of God tricked and lied his way into gaining confessions.

I could go on and on but I hope you get the picture that this was a real page-turner of a book for me. Fantastically well researched and superbly written I thoroughly enjoyed, if that can be the right word, what was at times a harrowing and heart-breaking story. Highly recommended to all lovers of historical fiction and anyone looking for a terrific read. Oh, and I should add, it has the most satisfying ending.

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About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of The Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. Following completion of the trilogy she has been asked for more and so has written a short story based on a favourite character from the series. Therefore, the latest to join the stable is The Joker and for the first time all her books are available free, with Kindle Unlimited. Georgia has just begun work on her fourth novel, this time it’s a standalone seductively called Project A ever since she found out that the name she wanted for it has been taken for a book about a less than savoury character who has dominated the news for the last few years…so it’s back to the drawing board on that one! She has also recently started running workshops and providing one-to-one support for those wishing to learn how to self-publish and you can find her, under her real name, at www.threeshirespublishing.com. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination! Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire where she lives with her much neglected husband, son and two dogs. Her daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out and taken her extensive cushion collection with her.
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10 Responses to #Bookreview for The Black Hours by Alison Williams @AlisonW_Editor #historical #fiction

  1. E. L. Lindley says:

    Great review, G and it sounds like a cracking read 😀

  2. Barb Taub says:

    I have to agree. This is an absolutely terrific book. (And a great review too!)

  3. Thank you so much for such a lovely review, Georgia – you cheered up my Monday morning 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Georgia Rose says:

      You’re welcome Alison, and thank you for writing it! I’ve never been that keen on history, but finding books like yours that bring it alive really sparks my interest. 🙂

  4. Sounds intriguing Georgia. I’ve always been fascinated with the history of accused witches, especially after discovering that the place I’ve lived near for many years – Bideford in Devon – is famous for the last hanging of witches in England, back in 1682. Then, to see that this book is set in Coggeshall, where hubby’s ancestors lived, it’s even more compelling! I look forward to reading it.

  5. Skilbey says:

    I have to say this book sounds absolutely compelling, having an interest myself in the accused and those that lived in fear of being accused. Mathew Hopkins sounds equally compelling and downright awful. So glad the ending is satisfying. Now, if he could just be reincarnated as a woman during that time… 🙂

    • Georgia Rose says:

      Thanks for reading Skilbey. I have to say I get really wound up whenever someone is falsely accused so this book pressed all my buttons! The characters are terrifically written though, it’s a gem 🙂

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