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Hanging for witchcraft has been outlawed in Ireland for centuries… Sixteen-year-old Molly Chant faces the noose, a punishment unheard of in 1869. Her one chance for escape is to follow her friend, Mick, to a ship ready to sail to the desolate island of Newfoundland. But, crossing the vast, angry ocean to the colonies could be a new kind of death sentence. Her only hope for r Hanging for witchcraft has been outlawed in Ireland for centuries… Sixteen-year-old Molly Chant faces the noose, a punishment unheard of in 1869. Her one chance for escape is to follow her friend, Mick, to a ship ready to sail to the desolate island of Newfoundland. But, crossing the vast, angry ocean to the colonies could be a new kind of death sentence. Her only hope for redemption is in the tiny outport of Silver Cape Cove, where she struggles for a balance between her healing powers and the superstitious ignorance she encounters there. Will she find a new family and acceptance or become the pariah everyone believes her to be?


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Hanging for witchcraft has been outlawed in Ireland for centuries… Sixteen-year-old Molly Chant faces the noose, a punishment unheard of in 1869. Her one chance for escape is to follow her friend, Mick, to a ship ready to sail to the desolate island of Newfoundland. But, crossing the vast, angry ocean to the colonies could be a new kind of death sentence. Her only hope for r Hanging for witchcraft has been outlawed in Ireland for centuries… Sixteen-year-old Molly Chant faces the noose, a punishment unheard of in 1869. Her one chance for escape is to follow her friend, Mick, to a ship ready to sail to the desolate island of Newfoundland. But, crossing the vast, angry ocean to the colonies could be a new kind of death sentence. Her only hope for redemption is in the tiny outport of Silver Cape Cove, where she struggles for a balance between her healing powers and the superstitious ignorance she encounters there. Will she find a new family and acceptance or become the pariah everyone believes her to be?

30 review for The Apprenticeship of Molly Chant (Silver Cape Cove, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Winter

    I read this novel in one weekend and thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the world of 1800's Newfoundland. Winsor paints a compelling picture of the strength of the people and the hardships they endure in their lives. The historical view on witches and their treatment by society is fascinating, as is Winsor's portrayal of Molly Chant, a compelling character who overcomes a life time of superstition and suffering to stay true to who she knows she is. I loved every minute of this book! I read this novel in one weekend and thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the world of 1800's Newfoundland. Winsor paints a compelling picture of the strength of the people and the hardships they endure in their lives. The historical view on witches and their treatment by society is fascinating, as is Winsor's portrayal of Molly Chant, a compelling character who overcomes a life time of superstition and suffering to stay true to who she knows she is. I loved every minute of this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jan Cater

    Its a rather sad story While written true to life, it is a sad story of a woman misunderstood by a small Canadian fishing community.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yvette Holland

    Couldn’t put it down “The Apprenticeship of Molly Chant” by Jeanette Winsor is an expertly told tale of a girl apprenticed into womanhood. Molly learns to silence her doubts, listen to revelations in nature, and trust the Mother. Readers experience the predators’ hatred and punishment, Molly’s pain and anger, and her efforts to accept and forgive herself and others. Jeanette Winsor adeptly evokes strong feelings for Molly, her friends, her enemies and her environment. While reading I was enfolded Couldn’t put it down “The Apprenticeship of Molly Chant” by Jeanette Winsor is an expertly told tale of a girl apprenticed into womanhood. Molly learns to silence her doubts, listen to revelations in nature, and trust the Mother. Readers experience the predators’ hatred and punishment, Molly’s pain and anger, and her efforts to accept and forgive herself and others. Jeanette Winsor adeptly evokes strong feelings for Molly, her friends, her enemies and her environment. While reading I was enfolded in nineteenth century Newfoundland. The setting is vivid in the generosity of the people but also in their conventions (and prejudices). I could hear their speech, taste their food, and smell the salty air. While Winsor’s characterization is my favorite aspect of the novel, the atmosphere is a close second. This Caribbean woman endured the cold but enjoyed the sounds of the birds and waves lapping against the boats. *** mild spoilers*** I love this novel and cannot wait to continue life with Molly and her descendants. In this first book in the series, Molly battles dogged misogyny; I have a hope in my heart that life will go a little easier on her descendants.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Regina Avery

    This was an interesting book. I couldn’t put it down once I started. The life of Molly was indeed a hard one dealing with all sorts of challenges from her time in Ireland to St John’s to her life near Bonavista. I highly recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Such a great book, I didn’t want to put it down! So many powerful and heartbreaking moments, a total page turner! Definitely recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annette Summerfield

    Such a difficult and painful life Molly had. She had the knowledge and skills to help others with their illnesses and birthing. Others called her a witch. She didn't attend the church everyone in town attended. She had her own faith. I kept hoping that somehow life would get a bit better for her. Steady food and more security. A better place to live. Just when things were better, everything got worse. At 1am I had tears rolling down my face. I'm going to miss Molly. This book was free. The next on Such a difficult and painful life Molly had. She had the knowledge and skills to help others with their illnesses and birthing. Others called her a witch. She didn't attend the church everyone in town attended. She had her own faith. I kept hoping that somehow life would get a bit better for her. Steady food and more security. A better place to live. Just when things were better, everything got worse. At 1am I had tears rolling down my face. I'm going to miss Molly. This book was free. The next one isn't. I have a busy day. No time to read. Tonight I will search out my next adventure to read. See who I will meet in whichever book I pick.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sienna S'Zell

    I never figured out what Molly Chant was apprenticing to, but her difficult and painful life left me gasping. Interesting juxtaposition of those going to church and those honoring "Mother" earth, and how their personalities were molded because of it. The power of the Word as used by the Church to blame and shame was never more visible than in this story. Molly had such resilience! I am still crying for her, though she didn't cry for herself and didn't damn the Mother, just accepted this is the w I never figured out what Molly Chant was apprenticing to, but her difficult and painful life left me gasping. Interesting juxtaposition of those going to church and those honoring "Mother" earth, and how their personalities were molded because of it. The power of the Word as used by the Church to blame and shame was never more visible than in this story. Molly had such resilience! I am still crying for her, though she didn't cry for herself and didn't damn the Mother, just accepted this is the way things are.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara G. Graybill

    Excellent! Loved this book that weaves Celtic culture and English culture in a village setting of coastal Newfoundland. Great characters with depth and interest. Loved it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  10. 5 out of 5

    Penelope Marsh

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter Bassett

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheena Gilberthorpe

  14. 5 out of 5

    Louise Lawlor

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Goldsworthy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helen Gaukrodger

  17. 4 out of 5

    Penina

  18. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne Soper-Cook

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Greg & Carol Maige

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ed Power

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marjon Helmer

  23. 5 out of 5

    David

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara N Lawrence

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aileen M Walters

  26. 4 out of 5

    Faye Angus

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joan M Becksted

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janice Mcmillen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julia

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