"Full of charm and wit, Stockenberg's latest is
Salem. Will history repeat itself?
In 1692, Salem, Massachusetts was the setting for the infamous persecution of
innocents accused of witchcraft. Three centuries later, little has changed.
Helen Evett, widowed mother of two and owner of a prestigious preschool in
town, finds her family, her fortunes, and her life's work threatened -- all
because she feels driven to protect the sweet three-year-old daughter of a man
who knows everything about finance but not so much about fathering. Helen's
feelings toward little Katie's handsome father are decidedly mixed, and it will
take more than knocks in the night, perfumed air, and bone-chilling cold to
convince her otherwise.
Nathaniel Byrne is willing to consider Helen's advice and help. But he does it
grudgingly, because the woman is by far the most determined, pushy force he's
ever encountered. Recently widowed, tormented by the circumstances, and at sea
about being a single parent, Nat is not inclined to hand over his daughter to
just any preschool -- not when he has an accomplished, London-trained nanny
who's more than willing to help make those decisions with him.
And the nanny herself? Peaches Bartholemew is as clever as she is beautiful, as
efficient as she is soothing. Peaches can do anything. The trick, for Nat's
dead wife, will be to keep her from doing it.