A work of historically-based fiction, Rinaldi's book gives an account of the Salem Witch Trials through the eyes of Susannah English. Susannah at first longed to be a part of an exclusive social circle, but when the girls who reject her company begin to act out for attention, she realizes that something dangerous is happening in the town of Salem. Soon innocent people are being accused of witchcraft, and as tension rises in the town, Susannah must decide whether or not to share what she knows.
Ann Rinaldi crafts a fascinating look at a dark time in American history. Her prose retains the authenticity of Puritan sensibilities while remaining accessible to a modern audience. The events that form the bulk of A Break With Charity have been well researched. Kudos to Rinaldi for writing such an interesting piece of historical fiction. Recommended.