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Midwife of the Blue Ridge
by Christine Blevins


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780425221686
  • ISBN-10: 0425221687
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: August 2008
  • Page Count: 420
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.19 x 5.48 x 0.92 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.82 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 33.
  • Review Date: 2008-05-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

An accomplished midwife, orphan Maggie Duncan leaves 1760 Scotland at 22, in search of opportunities in the New World. She pays for her crossing with four years of indentured servitude. Aboard ship, sadistic viscount Julian Cavendish drunkenly stumbles upon Maggie attempting to grab a few moments of forbidden above deck sleep and tries to rape her. At landfall, kindly Virginia frontiersman Seth Martin, in need of Maggie's medical skills to save his ailing wife, purchases her contract. Seth's best friend, Tom Roberts, a rugged hunter, instantly catches Maggie's eye, but she hasn't seen the last of evil Julian Cavendish. Blevins doesn't soft-peddle the brutal realities of women's lot in the colonies, but she gives strong, skilled Maggie pluck and hope. (Aug.)

 
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