Brilliant Books

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs was a complete cover buy for me. If I remember correctly, I saw it first on bookstagram, as you do, and remembered it when I was in the bookstore one day. I was drawn to it because of the goregous colours and images used on the cover. Opening the front of the book, I skimmed the insert and was intrigued by the story description on the front flap. This book did not disappoint.

The story is about a university professor named Connie who is an expert in the field of American witchcraft. We follow her as she struggles to balance a busy working life, being a wife, a friend, a daughter and a mentor while discovering the magic that’s inside her.

Connie’s story takes place alongside the story of her ancestors, women who are cursed and struggle to live with the aftereffects of the curse.

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs is part of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane series, but is written as more of a standalone. While there is reference to The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, you don’t have to have read it to understand the plot of The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs.

While this was a really fabulous book that I struggled to put down, I should note that there was a large part of knowledge that the reader and the main character were privy to, that I think the main character should have shared with another character sooner than she did.

Obviously, she hung on to this information for a reason and it helped the plot further along, but still, it did make me frustrated with her for it.

If you do choose to pick up a copy of The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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