The Familiars

The Familiars Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth a noblewoman is with child again None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden do

  • Title: The Familiars
  • Author: Stacey Halls
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor s letter that carries a dire prediction she will not survive another birth By chance she meets a midwife named Alice Grey, who promises to help her deliver a healthy Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor s letter that carries a dire prediction she will not survive another birth By chance she meets a midwife named Alice Grey, who promises to help her deliver a healthy baby But Alice soon stands accused of witchcraft.Is there to Alice than meets the eye Fleetwood must risk everything to prove her innocence As the two women s lives become intertwined, the Witch Trials of 1612 loom Time is running out both their lives are at stake Only they know the truth Only they can save each other.Rich and compelling, set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th century women and raises the question Was witch hunting really women hunting Fleetwood Shuttleworth, Alice Grey and the other characters are actual historical figures King James I was obsessed with asserting power over the lawless countryside even woodland creatures, or familiars, were suspected of dark magic by capturing witches in reality mostly poor and illiterate women Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 352 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by MI

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    • Stacey Halls

      Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21 She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21 She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor The Familiars is her first novel

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    • Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesThe Year 1612, Pendle, Lancashire Seventeen Year Old Fleetwood Shuttleworth has been married for four years and in that time she has been pregnant three times too, losing each child before their birth dates Fleetwood is once again pregnant and hoping to make it to full term with her child so she can give her husband an heir to carry on the Shuttleworth name Unfortunately, she comes across a letter from the local physician which was written a Book Revie [...]


    • It started well and exciting, but didn t follow through with a solid story and plot So, it s not for me.


    • Solid historical fiction for readers of Jane Harris and especially Martine Bailey The language especially the dialogue, even when trying to be relatable and or coy didn t always strike me as right for the time period e.g Hot and bothered, I went downstairs and They burn witches, don t they In any case, it s a accessible take on the Pendle witches history than Jeanette Winterson s The Daylight Gate, with the added interest of a look at a young woman s real life four pregnanci Solid histori [...]


    • If this is going to be the most spellbinding debut of 2019, I fear for the next year.Fleetwood was too weak a character, I felt She wasn t interesting enough to keep the story going I do realize that those were different times, and that women were supposed to be meek and obey their husbands But even in her thoughts she was a pushover And for someone who keeps riding all over the place to be this meek didn t sit right with me to be honest.The most interesting element of this was the witch hun If [...]


    • As soon as I met Fleetwood Shuttleworth, I fell for her She s based on a true person this isn t a name you d easily think up but this is her fictional story Fleetwood was mistress at the grand house of Gawthorpe in 1612, the time and nearby place of the infamous Pendle witch trials The so called witches do feature here but the glory of The Familiars is its portrayal of this 17 year old girl, already on her second marriage and already pregnant for the fourth time, the previous pregnancie As soon [...]


    • I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th century women and raises the question Was witch hunting really women hunting Based on real history In an era where women were to be seen and not heard, Fleetwood Shuttleworth knows the women are falsely accused of witchery and goes to great lengths, even to endanger herself and unborn baby, to prevent the deaths of innocent women.3.5 I receiv [...]


    • I read a sneak peek on Readers First and now I can t wait to get my hands on the rest of the story.The writing is lush and descriptive and I am INTRIGUED as to where the story is going to go next The writing style is very evocative and I could almost feel the threatening rain from the clouds.I love the beautiful wood engraving style illustration at the beginning.And the cover is stunning It s absolutely gorgeous and I think I could stare at it all day, picking out the little details.


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