Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress carrying generations of secrets when she sets sail from Scotland in the early 1800s with her husband, Edward. An apothecary who has fallen under the spell of opium, his pile of debts have forced them to flee Edinburgh for a fresh start in the New World. But only days after they’ve arrived in Salem, Edward abruptly joins a departing ship as a medic––leaving Isobel penniless and alone in a strange country, forced to make her way by any means possible. When she meets a young Nathaniel Hawthorne, the two are instantly drawn to… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Slavery
  • Misogyny
  • Domestic violence
  • Substance addiction
  • Self-harm including self-flagellation
  • Blood depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Lynching
  • Kidnapping
  • Torture