The Death Doll

March 23, 2019

The Death Doll by K.D. Carter

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS

In the summer of 1692, the infamous Salem witch trials were underway in Massachusetts Colony, North America. Meanwhile, a new Governor was appointed over New Hampshire colony, but his only interest was the land he felt entitled to. Citizens of Durham, New Hampshire, were losing property they’d farmed for years. It was a dangerous time to come to the Colonies, but Kate Tremont had no choice. Having lost her father and her home in Kingston, Jamaica, she sailed to Durham, New Hampshire to stay with her only living relative – William Stoddard, a farmer and devout Puritan. William demands obedience and conformity if Kate wants to stay, but that’s not the worst of it. Kate finds that enemies are easier to make than friends when she gives a doll to a child. When her act of kindness is twisted and used against her, Kate learns that evil happens when good people get angry!

 

REVIEW

 

A well-crafted historical fiction

Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews

Author K.D. Carter weaves a well-crafted historical fiction, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The story unfolds in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance. The author’s attention to detail and her ability to capture the emotions of the characters, along with the reality of the circumstances of the times, guarantees the reader that this was a well-researched book.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘In the summer of 1692, the infamous Salem witch trials were underway in Massachusetts Colony, North America. Meanwhile, a new Governor was appointed over New Hampshire colony, but his only interest was the land he felt entitled to. Citizens of Durham, New Hampshire, were losing property they’d farmed for years. It was a dangerous time to come to the Colonies, but Kate Tremont had no choice. Having lost her father and her home in Kingston, Jamaica, she sailed to Durham, New Hampshire to stay with her only living relative – William Stoddard, a farmer and devout Puritan. William demands obedience and conformity if Kate wants to stay, but that’s not the worst of it. Kate finds that enemies are easier to make than friends when she gives a doll to a child. When her act of kindness is twisted and used against her, Kate learns that evil happens when good people get angry!’

Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.

The Death Doll had me immersed from the beginning. It’s an emotional historical fiction interwoven with true-life history. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly convincing and mesmerizing journey.

It’s one of those books that comes along occasionally that will make you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. For those looking for an interesting, three-dimensional and stimulating read, this would be a great find.  I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

If this book is anything to go by, I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from K.D. Carter in the future. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in historical fiction. It would also make a great selection for book clubs. A well-deserved five stars from me.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

K.D. Carter discovered the magic of the written word at a very young age. She remembers sitting under a tree at her grandmother’s house, reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales before she started 1st Grade. In her high school years she discovered the historical fiction of Victoria Holt, and the fantasy writing of Mary Stewart and J.R.R. Tolkien. After graduating she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in England for two years. While in England she toured Europe as much as possible, spending time in Scotland, Wales, Sweden and Norway, soaking up the history and culture of Northern Europe.

K.D. published her first book, Talamk an Eisc: Nordic Landing,” in 2017, which she describes as historical fantasy. The story is based on the historical account of Vikings in Newfoundland, and is the first of a four-part Celtic Rings series. Her second book, “The Death Doll,” was published in May 2018. It is her first historical fiction, set in Durham, New Hampshire during the Salem witch trials. Her latest book, “The Saving Blade,” is the second book in the Celtic Rings series, focusing on the character Brenna and the native Talmanuk people. She is currently writing a science fiction fantasy, and an untitled book about Celtic tribes in Ireland in 500 B.C. She expects to publish her next two books around Christmas 2019.

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