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—Book Review—

Title: Hester

Author: Laurie Lico Albanese

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Historical Fiction

Friends, I’ve gotten into a terrible habit lately of loving a book and needing to sit with my thoughts on it for a minute. But then I get busy; I get distracted and the review gets sidelined. Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about!?

Hester was an October @bookfriendsbookclub pick and we were lucky enough to zoom with the lovely author who even brought us a presentation! I walked away that night having met an author who was ruthless in her research. Not only did she read book after book, but she met with historical societies and sought input from her writing group; especially involving the racial divide of characters. Well, well, done.

Hester can best be described as a feminist reimagining; it tells the story of the woman who could’ve perhaps inspired The Scarlet Letter. So imaginative, but to me it always felt grounded with history and truth the way you would expect of historical fiction.

🌺 Salem setting

🌺 Witchcraft

🌺 Forbidden love

🌺 Muse/Dark storytelling

🌺 Women’s rights

🌺 Freedom and Liberty

🌺 Exquisite sewing/emboirdery

🌺 Synesthesia

“A dressmaker is talented with the needle, but above all she is a secret keeper.”

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I really enjoyed this one! It was a fast read for me and now makes me want to read The Scarlet Letter as an adult to see it from a different lens.

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