A violent nor’easter blows in cold fury over Salem Village in late 1691. Charity Fowler wakes from a horrible nightmare of grief and death and creeps downstairs in search of solace. She finds her father, Lucas, getting ready to leave for Salem Town in order to pick-up her aunt, Susannah. Her mother, Judith, his there as well. Just as Lucas is about to go, Judith goes into labor, and Charity’s nightmare begins to happen right before her eyes. Charity is a sensitive young woman, with secrets and sins of her own, frightened of letting the Devil in again, and desperate for her father’s love and affection.
Judith struggles to bring her babe forth into the world, but her strength is almost gone. Into this, arrives Susannah. With her sister’s encouragement, Judith uses the last of her strength to give Faith life. Susannah is very different from her sister. Judith is a fervent Puritan, whereas Susannah is more of a free spirit. Charity sees this as the Devil trying to steal her soul once more.
Susannah Morrow is a rather interesting look at the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials from three different points of view: Charity, Lucas, and Susannah. I admit, I would have liked a glimpse into the mind and experiences of Jude, a child of six. If the adults could not comprehend how the world had suddenly gone mad, how must it have been for the children?
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars