This book is an odd mix of fact and speculation. Facts from the trial of a murdered woman are mixed with patently unknowable conversation and thoughts. The author does not bother to let us know where fact ends and surmise begins which is lazy writing when dealing with a real life event. To add to this annoyance are a few repeated anachronisms such as the term 'shoplifter'. One thing is very clear, it was no fun at all being a female in a Methodist community in the mid 1800's in America and one does feel a great deal of sympathy for the murdered and persecuted victim. Some interesting insights into the time and place, such very narrow thinking people, but otherwise of no great merit.