"well researched historical romance"
For a first novel, Ms. Blevins has written an amazing
book. The tale begins in Scotland after the Culloden war
when an orphan is taken by the village midwife and her
husband. In learning of herbs, midwifery and medicine
Maggie Duncan becomes invaluable to mothers-to-be in
distress. Too bad they also believe she had the Evil Eye
and blame her for everything bad that happens!
Maggie decides to immigrate to America as a bound slave
which means that after 4 years she will be free and able to
set out on her own livelihood. During the voyage, she
crosses a Peer of the Realm who becomes her nemesis both on
ship and off. Her contract is purchased by Seth Martin, a
man desperately in need of assistance for his wife and
children. Maggie becomes part of their home and their
lives in a significant way. They survive Indian attacks,
being thrust off the land and other travails of the time.
Maggie falls in love with a hunter named Tom Roberts, who
never intends to settle down as he was kidnapped when young
and raised by the Indians himself.
This well researched historical romance has all the things
it needs to be a huge success: a love triangle (actually,
more of an octagon); Indians, settlers in early America,
scenery, etc. She has done a great job and I look forward
to reading more of Ms. Blevins' work soon!
Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen
Posted September 7, 2008