Girl Well Read
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Set two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom ('Moth' from The Virgin Cure) runs a tea shop with Eleanor St. Clair, that specializes in cures, potions, and spells. Feeling that they are run off their feet, Adelaide puts an ad in the local paper to secure extra help. Beatrice Dunn is a perfect fit, she has an untapped gift of seeing things and hearing things that nobody else can. The three main characters were rich and well-written, but were let down by the plot which ironically is given away in the blurb (hopefully this will be amended for the inside/back cover of the finished product).
I loved the setting and descriptions throughout the city of New York in the Gilded Age. As much as I loved Ami McKay's other works (The Birth House, and The Virgin Cure), this story was just average and I struggled at times to get through it. The beginning had a nice hook, and there were some others dispersed throughout the story which ended up propelling me to finish.