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Born Wicked: Do You Stand Out from the Crowd?

In Born Wicked, Jessica Spotswood, take us on a  journey to the puritanical past a  dark chapter in American history when women were taken away for witchcraft accused for  merely being different and outspoken.  Cate the oldest of three sisters is forced to hide the secrets of her family in order to survive the perils of being a witch in these dangerous times.

She views her and her sisters fate as a curse which could destroy the core of her family. It is in these times that women are to be seen not heard  powerless to the decisions of the brotherhood. It is at the whim of the brotherhood that can control a women’s fate under the name of God.

Born Wicked  reminds me that superstitions and religion can hold people captive with their beliefs  in defining what is good and evil.

I remember my Grandfather  being an extremely superstitious man and as a young child  I recall several arguments he had with my Mother about the devil controlling the left-hand.

At the end the battle he would always look at me defeated and say “The nuns would never allow this!”

My Mother would walk off in a huff and I was left with a red face wondering what was wrong with  my left hand.

At some point and time we have all considered to Born Wicked by being different, outspoken, or having the wrong last family name. It is at these times when I reflect on the past I thank my lucky stars that I live in a time that accepts me for who I am regardless of my left-hand and out-spoken opinions.

It is only in Kate’s time that she must hide her talents in order to protect herself and family from the brotherhood acting in the orders guised under the will of God.

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Do you think you were Born Wicked? What character traits make you stand out from the crowd?

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  1. I’d love to read this at some point… as you know, I’m not out of the usual mould. 🙂 More, my great grandmother 8 generations removed was hung in Salem, and 5 other ancestors were arrested there on the charge of witchcraft. Such novels hit me in a rather personal place in my mind.

    1. It would hit you in a usual place but such an interesting family history. Do you think you have a touch of magic? Especially with your practice of Reiki it does having amazing benefits and powers!

      1. They were false accusations, so nothing there to pass on, other than some other special genes Susannah sent along to me. 🙂

        Reiki is more… applied meditation tapping into life energy, all of us can do so with training.

        It was an interesting time, horrific for them, incomprehensible to us. One of the other five died in prison awaiting trial. Kathleen Kent works on a book about another, she wrote on my ancestor’s cousin in The Heretic’s Daughter.

  2. Ok. I have to read this book. My friend Cameron posted about it yesterday, and now here you are today.

    Yes. I have always felt like I was different. In fact, my name in Swedish is the word for ‘other.’ I’ve always felt like an other. I don’t consider it a bad thing, but it is jarring sometimes.

  3. Yes, I think most of us have felt like a misfit at times, and some of us embrace it and start blogging, lol.
    But seriously, with my current witchy menopausal ways, I have wondered if I might have been viewed suspiciously in olden days, and perhaps branded a “witch.”
    Born Wicked is going on my “to read” list.

  4. You are a wonderful writer and your review has motivated me to go seek out this book. I agree it’s so much better living now with less fear filled people running about, although, I know they still exist and cause problems for some people. Ugh.

  5. Great post that is so dear to me. I was forced to use my right hand. I can remember having to sit on my hand or I would get a rap over the knuckles, with a ruler, if I so much as moved my left fingers.

    1. Thank you! I am very lucky to escape the rap over the knuckles but I do remember my Mom talking about it. It must have been terrible to use the right hand – do you still write with it today?

  6. Wow… I can’t imagine forcing a child to have to use their right hand when they are a lefty, or saying that since a child is a lefty the devil is controlling thier hands… I so agree with your statement about superstitions and religions – which is so sad, especially since so many of the rules and superstitions are so outdated, being based upon situations that were relevent hundreds of years ago. My nephew is EXTREMELY religious and follows all these rules to the “T” and what he doesn’t know for sure, he makes up, and I can’t help but punch holes in the rules, because, while I was never brought up religious, my mother’s mom was, so I understand the reasons behind the rules – which only had merrit in a different world, if you know what I mean…

    1. It is very sad and we are very fortunate to have come such a long way from superstitions such as this…

      I think it would be very difficult to be that stringent and don’t think I could do it. Religion and me are always working things out 😉

  7. And because of your review, Darcie, I am now very much interested in picking up this book. I have read a couple of books about the days they burned people as witches, and even did a play in high school, “To Burn A Witch”. Those were VERY dark and ugly times. I have no doubt that I would have been burned as a witch, I am headstrong and defiant. 🙂

  8. It might be kind of fun to be born wicked because then you could just blame everything on being born that way. But then, I am left handed so maybe I was born wicked after all. 🙂

  9. I was also a southpaw at birth! Two members of my family (neither my mom) saw to it that I was “heartily discouraged” from my lefty ways, for two very different reasons. Now I see my little guy strongly favoring his left and breathe a sigh of relief that he’ll unlikely be called evil for such a thing.

    I don’t know that I was born wicked, but I sure was born loud! (Of course, go several decades back and those two might be taken as hand-in-hand for a woman!)

    1. I know! I think it is the oddest superstition! I get the history behind it but there has got to be a time when enough is enough.

      I was also born loud – I wonder if that is a left-handed trait?

  10. wicked? me? Nooooo! *quickly hides away the knife*

    there there now! I want to remind you to be a part of The Uninspired Chronicles :p I’ve got a knife remember?

    What? I am just going to cut a slice of cake with it and send it your way :p

    People say I am funny…hmmm… I like to believe that is true 😀 haha

  11. Sounds like a good book. I wonder how many times I could have been…errr….accused of being “born wicked”…too many Native American ceremonies…too much disrespect to the larger society. Thank you for this, dear Belle!

  12. I will have to find this book. I am sure I would have been hung or burned at the stake since I love herbs and folklore. I can just see brewing a nice cup of herbal tea and the horrid close minded men thinking I am conjuring up a spell. I have 2 sons that are lefties and they are good for the most part. Sad that the dark times are over.

  13. I mean I am glad the dark times are over.
    i haven’t been able to leave comments for a while so I changed my email adress so maybe that will help.

  14. Belle, I don’t know if this book is as good as it sounds or if your review just sucked me in and left me captivated and desirous to read this story! The left hand is wicked? I should tell my son that, lefty that he is! hee hee! I love the dynamic between your grandpa, mother, and you! It reminds me of some of my own with my mother and nana! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Bella! That is very kind of you 🙂 I found the book started off slow but by the middles I was turning the pages very fast. It’s a fun read!

      Aren’t family dynamics fun! They always lead to inspiration…

  15. “Born Wicked reminds me that superstitions and religion can hold people captive with their beliefs in defining what is good and evil.”- I couldn’t agree more with this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  16. Put this on my reading list – thanks for sharing. I am independent, self-confident and do not have a medium button, so sometimes I rub people the wrong way (either a love me or hate me kind of person). Have a Great Day:)

  17. You certainly don’t seem to have been born wicked to me, whatever your left hand does. Supersitions are funny things and I suspect we all have some, even if we are not aware of it

    1. Thanks Pete! Superstitions are funny things! I really think it does get passed down to the next generation. I know there are so many things that make me superstitious as much as I like to pretend a black cat or an itchy foot doesn’t matter. But it does. The list is endless…

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