Mary's Land

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Mary's Land is a novel of Lord Baltimore's rowdy colony in 1638. Kirkus Review calls it a "stylish, superior historical... a richly detailed, first rate tale" with, "memorable characters, scenes, and lilting dialogue."

Vastly different yet equally courageous, Margaret Brent and the teenage pickpocket Anicah Sparrow both set sail from England for the New World. One of these women will achieve the American Dream, the other will keep moving in search of freedom. But ...

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Mary's Land is a novel of Lord Baltimore's rowdy colony in 1638. Kirkus Review calls it a "stylish, superior historical... a richly detailed, first rate tale" with, "memorable characters, scenes, and lilting dialogue."

Vastly different yet equally courageous, Margaret Brent and the teenage pickpocket Anicah Sparrow both set sail from England for the New World. One of these women will achieve the American Dream, the other will keep moving in search of freedom. But both bring to glorious life the world of Mary's Land, a novel of meticulous historical accuracy and detail by the author of Light a Distant Fire.

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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.)
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517198568
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/11/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2006

    This book is AMAZING!

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction. I'm reading it again for the third time, it's a novel you don't want to put down. I enjoy how Lucia writes with historical accuracy. Her characters are well thought out, and her discriptions are quite vivid. This is my first book I've read by her, but if she is this amazing, I'm sure I'll read all her books and love them as much as I love this one.

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