"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


**A PNR Reviewer Recommended Read**

hey 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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Midwife of the Blue Ridge
by Christine Blevins

Berkley Pub Group
August 1, 2008
Available: August 5, 2008
ISBN #0425221687
EAN #9780425221686
432 pages
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