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Mary's Land

Mary's Land

by Lucia St. Clair Robson
     
 

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"POWERFUL AND INSPIRING . . . [A] SUPERB NOVEL . . . The historical detail . . . is outstanding."

—Rendezvous



As the ship Charity sails from England across the Atlantic, two vastly different yet equally courageous women make the perilous journey. Strong-willed, upper class Margaret Brent has invested in Lord Baltimore's Maryland plantation

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"POWERFUL AND INSPIRING . . . [A] SUPERB NOVEL . . . The historical detail . . . is outstanding."

—Rendezvous



As the ship Charity sails from England across the Atlantic, two vastly different yet equally courageous women make the perilous journey. Strong-willed, upper class Margaret Brent has invested in Lord Baltimore's Maryland plantation because the new colony is her single chance for a home of her own. Anicah is a teenage guttersnipe who lives by her wits and quick tongue. Kidnapped off the streets of Bristol, she is transported to the New World as an indentured servant. But for both women, the future will bring love and rewards they never imagined. . . .



A truly American novel of passion, dreams, and courage, MARYS LAND tells the story of two women who build a new life in a verdant country that is strange and threatening, yet gloriously sweet with promise.



"Meticulously researched . . . [Robson] has an eye for the details of everyday life and an ear for the rich and earthy language of the period.—Library Journal



An Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild(c)

and the Doubleday Book Club(c)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in the ``wild country'' colony of Maryland in the mid-17th century, Robson's (Light a Distant Fire) languidly paced novel brims with authentic detail and dialect but, because of a tepid plot, fails to bring this historical period to full life. In 1638, Anicah Sparrow, a tough-talking 13-year-old pickpocket, is kidnapped in Bristol, England, and held inside the rat-infested bowels of a ship bound for Mary's Land, where she'll be sold as an indentured servant to the highest bidder. Several decks above is Margaret Brent, a 37-year-old descendant of English nobility who, along with her devout sister and brother, is being smuggled out of England to avoid persecution for illegally practicing Catholicism. Arriving in the New World, Anicah is sold to Samuel Smythe, a local tavern owner, but manages to steal away for romantic trysts with Martin, another indentured servant. Meanwhile, Margaret, who had purchased property in the new colony in exchange for transporting laborers from England, and who despaired upon first viewing the desolate land, begins building her new manor and planting tobacco and other crops. Robson diligently chronicles the struggles facing the new settlers and the ongoing battles over religious freedom, but few of her characters, including real-life historical personages like Margaret, inspire more than ordinary interest. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In 1638, Margaret Brent, an upper-class Catholic, sets out for Lord Baltimore's new colony in search of personal and religious freedom. On the same ship is Anicah Sparrow, an orphan who has been kidnapped to serve as an indentured servant in the colony. The reality of their new home is much harsher than expected, but Anicah finds love and a better life. Ultimately, Margaret moves on in her search for freedom. Maryland native Robson has meticulously researched her work, using a mix of real and fictional characters. As author of several historical novels, including The Tokaido Road (LJ 2/15/91), she has an eye for the details of everyday life and an ear for the rich and earthy language of the period. Her novel will do well in most historical fiction collections. [Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.]-Barbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345371966
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/29/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.47(d)

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Anne Rivers Siddons
Robson has an extraordinary ability to hear the particular theme and music that runs deep in history.

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