Part II: Book Review: “A Sure Cure for Witchcraft” by Laura Best

This is Part II of my postings today. The first was Pagan Traditions, Witches and Beltane. It speaks about Walpurgisnacht, a day marked in A Sure Cure for Witchcraft.

“We become the thoughts we think each day,” said Alisz, one of the main characters in A Sure Cure for Witchcraft. “So think only happy thoughts…”

There is much to love about A Sure Cure for Witchcraft by Laura Best, but this line echoes what I have believed for many years. It walks along side, “Where you place your attention is where you place your energy.”

If one believed in magic, they’d understand how powerful our thoughts are. This is stressed in the novel and can be understood in real time by the power of the placebo. Given my attraction to magic and energy and my use of it in my fantasy novels, I was interested in seeing how these would play out in Best’s story.

It’s rare that I come across a book that contains several elements that intrigue me. In the case of A Sure Cure for Witchcraft, I felt like it was a book I could have written. The story of the witch hunts, healers (wise women), plants and medicinal remedies were enough to make a book I would love to read.

However, Best adds to my interest by setting the novel in independent Württemberg in the mid 1700s. The kingdom became a German state in 1871, long after the story takes place. This kingdom and other settlements along the Rhine River, including the Palatinate Area, was where the English sent their messengers to recruit settlers for the New World. Known as Foreign Protestants, they were French Lutheran and German Protestant.

My Tibert (Diebert) ancestors were amongst them, travelling to Rotterdam, much like the family in A Sure Cure for Witchcraft does, to board a ship to sail them to the New World. My Diebert ancestors arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1751.

A Sure Cure for Witchcraft starts out innocent enough. A child, Lilli, visits a family friend and learns about plants and how to use them to cure others of illnesses. Alisz, the family friend, believes Lilli is meant to be a healer and midwife. The people of Württemberg are a superstitious bunch and soon, the sense of wonder of nature and healing turns into suspicion and accusations. Best does an excellent job creating a sense of foreboding, and readers will start to think the worst is going to happen, and — no spoilers here.

The witch hunts still haunt the memories of those living in Württemberg in the 1700s, and the terrifying stories of the elders live on. Fear of witchcraft makes men suspicious of anyone working with plants, believing the magic the women wield is evil. No amount of arguing will convince them otherwise.

This is by far my favourite Laura Best book to date.

Buy A Sure Cure for Witchcraft

Goodreads Page: A Sure Cure for Witchcraft

My Amazon Review

Elements of Magic, Friendship and History

“A Sure Cure for Witchcraft” is a well-crafted story that brings together several elements of the 1700s: witch hunts, medicinal plants, superstition, midwifery and settlement in the New World (specifically Nova Scotia, Canada).

It’s a story about two women (one much younger than the other) who become exceptional friends in Württemberg (nowadays a German State). When their friendship is threatened, they devise a plan to meet again in the future. How far into the future? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

This book is suitable for everyone who can read. I’d even read it to my five year old, if I had a five year old. It is filled with great life philosophy that encourages a positive outlook on life.

Author Interview I’ve interviewed Laura Best and asked questions about the book. It was posted Friday April 29th: Author Interview: Laura Best – “A Sure Cure for Witchcraft”.

5 thoughts on “Part II: Book Review: “A Sure Cure for Witchcraft” by Laura Best

  1. Thank you so much for the review, the interview and the support you so freely give, not only to me but other writers as well. Can’t say enough how much I appreciate it so much. 🙂

    I am so glad you enjoyed the book. That really does mean a lot. It is always a little scary when we send a new book out into the world. Readers like you make it all feel worth while.

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