A stirring debut novel ?of love, struggle, and savagery on America?s colonial frontier? (Bernard Cornwell).
They call her Dark Maggie for her thick black hair, but the name also has a more sinister connotation. As the lone survivor of an attack on her village, she was thought to be cursed?and unfit for marriage. Maggie is also gifted with quick wits and skilled in medicine, trained as a midwife. Venturing to the colonies as an indentured servant, she hopes to escape the superstitions of the old country?and find a home of her own. But what she discovers is a New World fraught with new dangers.
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I enjoyed this book. It was not great but not bad either. I really enjoy books with strong female protagonists who survive despite the odds, and the heroine here fits the bill. I also liked that this was primarily historical with the love story woven in, not a typical historical romance.
That said, I think the romance element was weak. It was clear from the first moment Maggie saw Tom that she was going to fall in love with him. He is the typical bad boy who does not want to settle down. Absolutely zero romantc tension. However this not a primary romance novels, so I am not sure if I should complain.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that the rape scene and whipping were gratuitous and were not absolutely needed to show how grim Maggie's ordeal was. I did enjoy the Midwifery/herbal healer parts.
Not a bad way to pass your time. Not an earth shatteringly great read either.
One of the pleasures reserved for a reading addict is the discovery of a book that is so good, so perfect, so satisfying that you can't stop thinking about it. AND, if it's a debut novel that you wish YOU had written, it's all the more awesome. Christine Blevins's book, "Midwife of the Blue Ridge" was/is just that kind of book for me. This historical novel is the saga of an 18th century Scotswoman who comes to America as an indentured servant. Because she is very beautiful and intelligent (a practicing healer and midwife) she is plagued by a Stephen King-type monster and loved by a colonial version of Tom Cruz. Is that enough conflict, or what?
Maggie Duncan's adventure in Colonial America began aboard a ship whose primary cargo was African Slaves and Indentured Servants. As luck had it, Maggie for her intelligence and winning ways narrowly escaped the clutches of a verifiable British sadist and ersatz nobleman, Lord Cavendish. Cavendish lives on to haunt the rest of...
Although educational insights into the struggles of colonial frontier life, this book lacks depth. The plot moves as plot does, without insight into the characters' psychological motives or even an emotional connection to each other -- I anticipated these, along with a sense of character development, given the horrific events that occur. However, it's a simplified read, but did not engage me as I had truly hoped. This story had such potential, but it lacked the power that others of this genre have. It was as if looking down upon the story from afar.
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