Midwife of the Blue Ridge

Midwife of the Blue Ridge

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by Christine Blevins
     
 

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A stirring debut novel ?of love, struggle, and savagery on America's colonial frontier? (Bernard Cornwell).

They 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

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A stirring debut novel ?of love, struggle, and savagery on America's colonial frontier? (Bernard Cornwell).

They 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.

Editorial Reviews

Rosemary Rogers
Love and adventure, pride and passion...an unforgettable novel that will capture your heart. There is simply no way to put it down once you have begun.
Bertrice Small
A splendid novel of passion and danger in the early Virginias by a talented new author. I highly recommend it!
Publishers Weekly

An accomplished midwife, orphan Maggie Duncan leaves 1760 Scotland at 22, in search of opportunities in the New World. She pays for her crossing with four years of indentured servitude. Aboard ship, sadistic viscount Julian Cavendish drunkenly stumbles upon Maggie attempting to grab a few moments of forbidden above deck sleep and tries to rape her. At landfall, kindly Virginia frontiersman Seth Martin, in need of Maggie's medical skills to save his ailing wife, purchases her contract. Seth's best friend, Tom Roberts, a rugged hunter, instantly catches Maggie's eye, but she hasn't seen the last of evil Julian Cavendish. Blevins doesn't soft-peddle the brutal realities of women's lot in the colonies, but she gives strong, skilled Maggie pluck and hope. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440633454
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
167,139
File size:
489 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Rosemary Rogers
"Love and adventure, pride and passion . . . an unforgettable novel that will capture your heart. There is simply no way to put it down once you have begun."
Bernard Cornwell
"A stirring debut novel "of love, struggle, and savagery on America's colonial frontier."
Bertrice Small
"A splendid novel of passion and danger in the early Virginias by a talented new author. I highly recommend it!"

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Christine Blevins is at work on her second novel.

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Midwife of the Blue Ridge 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christine Blevins is an amazingly gifted storyteller - it's hard to believe that this is her very first novel! Her endearing characters come to vivid life against the exciting and tumultuous backdrop of colonial Virginia in Midwife of the Blue Ridge. Maggie's fierce determination and moxie will have you laughing at some of her seriously funny one-liners. If you are looking for a book that runs the full gambit of human emotions - love, laughter, excitement, and sorrow - then Midwife of the Blue Ridge is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Midwife of the Blue Ridge was entertaining and historically accurate. Details were somewhat predictable, but the description was colorful and detailed. I would recommend the book to those who enjoy this genre.
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Avariella More than 1 year ago
It wasn't what I expected, it was better. Rarely a boring moment through the entire book. It's very hard not to fall in love with these characters. Wonderfully written! A must read for anything who enjoys historical fiction!
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historical-buff More than 1 year ago
Blevins set me on a road to a time and place I have never been. It was like watching a movie in my mind because she had her characters so vivid and clear as well as the landscape that the time had preserved just for me! Her writing was so easy to connect to!
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Celticfergie More than 1 year ago
I bought this book wanting to be blown away, but I'm still standing. This book combines three of my favorite things: the Blue Ridge, the early colonial times, and early immigration from Scotland, but I feel very let down. Overall, the characters are believable and the plot interesting, however, hailing from the Blue Ridge, there are a few points I found difficult to overlook, though they were very minimal. Case in point, you cannot see the Blue Ridge Mountains from Richmond. I've tried.
Baconbabe More than 1 year ago
It was a great story and I hated to see it end.
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avonlady94 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing story. It covered all of my basic "wants" in a great book-character development, plot, historic events, etc. While I wouldn't classify it as a "romance" it had a wonderful romantic story line. Have your tissues ready. May be too graphic for some due to the realistic descriptions of life back then but that was one of my favorite things about it.
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This a wonderful book. Happy and sad at times, great writing and heroine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it! Talented author to say the least. Story was exciting, beautiful, interesting and just well put together. I was fascinated by the author's research on American Indians and midwifery. A must read and looking forward to her next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Looking forward to more from Blevins. Midwife of the Blue Ridge was almost on par with Follet's Pillars of the Earth. 4-1/2 stars from me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Midwife of the Blue Ridge is an amazing book full of memorable characters and intense action. Ms. Blevins has created a vivid picture or early American life which captivates the reader. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I feel that people with various reading tastes will enjoy this rugged story of survival in a new world. I couldn't put it down. Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Midwife of the Blue Ridge has easily become my favorite historical fiction novel. The characters are all unique and interesting and the thrilling plot line kept me reading until I had finished the book in 3 days. The romance keeps the story compelling but it's Blevins's graphic writing style that separates this book from standard romance/adventure stories. I'd recommend this book to anyone.