The Martin homestead is in Blue Ridge mountains far into the backcountry, near Indian territory, where daily life is a continuous struggle. Let's just say that if the railroad had existed in this time, I could have seen this villain tying Maggie up and doing a Snidely Whiplash routine like the cartoon. Midwife Of The Blue Ridge did that for me. This novel will grab you from the very first page and won't let go. I started reading her time travel romance novels and then got caught up in this urban fantasy series. I'm glad it stayed true to the raw nature of life in that time, to a certain extent. The main villain came off as a caricature for the most part.
After some weeks of that terror in close quarters and deprived living conditions, they return home to find Cavendish in their lives again, legal papers in hand, land-grabbing and forcing people out of their homes. This novel acts as though the Native Americans are blood thirsty heathens enacting violence and treats the white colonists as the unfortunate victims, when I think we all know, that the colonists were far from innocent victims. If those bother you then don't read this novel. 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. Not a dumb romance book.
My book blog Fresh Ink Books: Christine Blevins homepage: I don't even know where to start with this one. For example, she walks into the woods to gather ingredients for a woman who's just given birth and had her husband and children slaughtered by Indians; the woman no longer has a child to nurse and is in pain. . However this not a primary romance novels, so I am not sure if I should complain. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins.
When In 1746 the battle of Culloden in the Scottish Highlands nearly wiped out the Highland Clans. They are cruel and narrow minded, so she is unable to make a living for herself since the locals will not accept her as a healer. In another sequence, she suggests to mountain man that he may have impregnated her. They called her Dark Maggie for her thick black hair, but the name also had a more sinister connotation. The interaction between the men and Maggie is fun.
The author seems to have done her homework in that regard. I can't wait to read the follow-up novel and see what mind game the serial killer has up her sleeve. Luckily for Maggie the soldier's wife is a midwife and she adopts Maggie, raises and educates her while passing along her healing skills. That would be pretty typical of people even today, I believe. I'm looking forward to future books by this author! She also finds she must battle to keep her heart safe from Tom Roberts a wandering hunter, who for years also lived among the Indians and has his sights on Maggie but will never give up his freedom to settle down. At first when people started calling her that it was because she had dark hair but now the name has a whole new meaning.
As the sole survivor of a vicious attack on her village, Maggie Duncan is viewed by many in Black Corries, Scotland as a harbinger of bad luck. Anyway, the book is Literally, the Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again. It's bad when I cannot find any way to care about the main characters of this book. She will encounter settlers, hunters, black slaves and Native Americans. Maggie narrowly avoids being bought by an arrogant, drunken nobleman who has made the passage on the same boat. I'd really really love to read and review it.
I never did, so I want to read the book to see what my life might have been like if I had actually done that. The mountains, the birds,plants, animals. She also weaves into her story an accounting of viewpoints from both the American settler and American Indian, which I found refreshing, creating a feeling that both peoples felt they were in the right. I finished the book since I had spent more than usual but it was just ok in my opinion. She also makes the rough life on the frontier in the 1700s come alive. I am an author who writes what I love to read — historical adventure stories. I really liked that the author stayed so true to this and forced the reader to adapt.
Then, of course, tragedy strikes. She embodies so many qualities of the classic heroic character without ever becoming unbelievable or campy and is the perfect representation of what is so fantastic about this novel, that on every page you can see how much the author truly cares about the characters she has created. The adjectives and derogatory descriptions of Native Americans were really offensive. This is a story of endurance, hope and love, passion and perseverance. From the talented Bertrice Small author of Midwife of the Blue Ridge, a stirring novel set on the brink of the American Revolution. Now the years have past and Maggie is all grown up and Hannah and Alan are gone. It tells the story of Maggie Duncan a young Scottish woman who is shunned by those of her village and chided as Dark Maggie due to superstitions because of her survival of the massacre of her family and village at Bailebeg after Culledon.
Secondly, Maggie starts out as a stubborn character that stands toe to toe with the man, but once she catches sight of Tom in a loincloth, she's practically foaming at the mouth over the fella. The story continues and Hannah eventually crosses the Atlantic Ocean under less than pleasant circumstances and is bonded fortunately to a good man with a good family. My Great Grandmother died in childbirth at the age of 43, and many years later her husband was scalped and murdered by native Americans when he was 82. When Hannah dies, Maggie knows that she can no longer stay because of the mistrusting townspeople who believe her to be cursed because of being the sole survivor from her hometown. Eventually she decides to start fresh in America and sells herself as an indentured servant in order to obtain passage on a ship.