You may have heard of the trailblazing astronomer, Johannes Kepler, but did you know his elderly mother was accused of witchcraft and nearly faced a brutal execution? This is the jumping-off point for a fascinating work of historical fiction, detailing the later years of Katerina Kepler, a clever peasant woman. Her independent personality and affinity for the natural world disturb several of her neighbours and they charge her with practicing spell craft, putting the lives of the entire Kepler family in danger. Deep and sympathetic characters and compelling writing make this a wonderful and unexpected trip through time, to an age that has surprising resonance with our own.
Meghan Casey (Queen's Square Library)