The Rose and the Whip by Jae Hodges

Personal Review:

This story has all the feels, and you almost feel every single lash right along with Lidia Wardell. Lidia decided to walk naked through the local meeting house and because of this, she has been persecuted to a thrashing at the whipping post. What boldness Lidia must have had, to walk naked in 1663. During a time in history when women were seen and not heard, and this was just a few decades before the Witch Trials.

Lidia has done what she has done, and now has to take her sentence. As she gets tied to the post, the one that these town people walk past every single day without a second thought. She slowly starts to recall events and things in her life. Although this story’s timeline, is very short it covers many years.

With each feel of the whip on her back, she evaluates her life so far and the different events and decisions she has made to get to where she is. She was only standing up for a belief and in protest of the treatment of Quakers. Although she is not the first to receive punishment, nor will she be the last, for religious persecution she also thinks of all those who have also suffered by the dissenters.

The author does a really good job writing these hard whipping scenes, in that she is able to get the reader to feel the pain and sympathy for Lidia. This was an interesting period to read about, and how they often did things with in the courts and town when it came to crime and punishment. Thank you to the author for the book, and for Historical Fiction Virtual Book tours for the invite!

The Rose and the Whip
by Jae Hodges

Publication Date: March 25, 2020
WordCrafts Press
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook; 252 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Lidia Wardell walked naked through the Newbury meeting house. She was prosecuted, and publicly whipped for this crime.

This event is common historical knowledge. The Rose and the Whip is set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in May 1663, but tells the entire story of systematic persecution of dissenters, by dissenters. Lidia relates the story of her life, and the series of events that culminated in her decision to take this action in protest of the Puritan community leaders’ treatment of Quakers. As she is charged, sentenced, and tied to the whipping post, then subsequently thrashed with twenty or thirty lashes, she critically examines each of these events and reflects on how they served to transform her and her perspectives on truth and faith.

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About the Author

Everyone has a history and a story. Jae uses the most alluring stories from the chronicles of her own ancestry and others around her to create timeless tales of everyday people making history. On her quest to capture the essence of walking in their footsteps, she travels and uses her pencil and camera lens to imagine them in their own surroundings.

Jae lives on the Tennessee River in Alabama with her husband and companion pooch.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 27
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Wednesday, July 29
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 30
Interview at Passages to the Past

Saturday, August 1
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, August 5
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, August 7
Feature at I’m All About Books

Wednesday, August 12
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, August 13
Review at Older & Smarter

Friday, August 14
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, August 17
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, August 20
Review at Nurse Bookie


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