Thieving Forest

Thieving Forest

by Martha Conway
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Thieving Forest by Martha Conway

ON A HUMID MORNING in 1806, on the edge of Ohio's Great Black Swamp, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches helplessly from behind a tree as a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead from Swamp Fever and all the other settlers away in their fields, Susanna rashly decides to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman's quest to save her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters' new lives.

Over the next five months, Susanna tans hides in a Moravian missionary village; escapes down a river with a young native girl; discovers an eccentric white woman raising chickens in the middle of the Great Black Swamp; and becomes a servant in a Wyandot village longhouse. The man who is in love with her, Seth Spendlove, is in pursuit after he realizes that his father directed the kidnapping. Part Potawatomi but living a white man's life, Seth unwittingly sets off on his own quest to reclaim his heritage as he searches for Susanna and her sisters.

THIEVING FOREST depicts the transformation of all five sisters as the Quiners contend with starvation, slavery, betrayal, and love. Beautifully written and richly detailed, it paints a fascinating new picture of pioneer life among Native American communities, while telling a gripping tale of survival.

"An elegiac, hopeful historical novel... hypnotic." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A powerful tale of sisterhood and survival." (San Jose Mercury News)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991618507
Publisher: Noontime Books
Publication date: 08/15/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 217,216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile: HL800L (what's this?)

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Thieving Forest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Thieving Forest is an extraordinary story about four sisters who live in the wilds of Ohio. One day, native people wander onto their homestead and capture three of them. Susanna manages to evade detection. Alone, penniless, and with little help, she risks her own life to find her sisters. Obsessed with reuniting with her siblings, she enters into a journey that will have many twists, calamities, and devastation. The author has done a great deal of in-depth research into the day to day life of native tribes in the area that gave the story much credibility and literally brings the characters to life. There is desperation, trust, betrayal, and much courage to endure the hardships of life in the wilds. The pace moves steadily along with plenty to keep the reader engaged. Most importantly, the novel explores the adaptability of the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Another underlying theme is one of finding happiness whatever the circumstance one finds themselves in. It is not surprising that this novel won such a prestigious award. Very well done and a wonderful reading/learning experience. It leaves you with a deep appreciation of what our pioneer ancestors endured to build the great country of the United States of America. 
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Thieving Forest is probably one of my favorite reads for this year. I love this time period and not many authors tackle writing during this time.  The story tells of sisters being kidnapped by Native Americans in the Ohio frontier. I absolutely loved the character of Susanna. I admired her determination to reunite with her sisters and her will to survive.  I thought this book reminded me of those written by the fabulous authors, Jody Hedlund and Laura Frantz.  A great, clean read.  5 stars. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which was given. 
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received this autographed book on August 6th as a Goodreads Giveaway from Martha Conway. Thank you so much, Ms. Conway, for allowing me to read your interesting historical novel. The oldest of four sisters, I watch for books that portray the loyalty and love that are a big part of the sisterly ties that bind. This book was an enjoyable journey to northern Ohio in 1806. I felt the voice was appropriate to the times and the characters were likable and empathetic. I enjoyed Susanna especially. She was always ready to tackle the next hurdle, accepted everyone as an equal, and Serh is perfect for her. Altogether, a good tale. I loved my time in the Black Swamp. This is an author I will follow.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ioana Marza for Readers' Favorite When Susanna Quiner went out of the Ohio house she shared with her four sisters in order to feed the pig one morning, she did not imagine she might not see them for a very long time, or even forever. Thieving Forest by Martha Conway follows Susanna’s determined search for her sisters after she witnesses their abduction by Native Americans. During this journey, Susanna learns to work hard and do things she would have never imagined, and most of all she learns how much she loves her sisters and how she would stop at nothing to find them. The journey is life-changing for all the Quiners, and some discover very surprising things about themselves and the sacrifices and the life choices they ultimately make. The experience either destroys the life of some or gives a clear path in life to others. Thieving Forest is a well written novel, very rich in historical details of how life in 1806 must have been. Martha Conway vividly describes a time when a human life was valued less than a horse’s and when people - regardless of race - were traded across America like cattle. It is evident the extent of the research Conway did into the geography of Ohio, the swamps, the food, the diseases that people were battling with, and most of all, the customs of the Native Americans at a time when some of them were dealing with/living in the same settlements as white people, while most of them followed their old tribal ways. Besides being a historical novel, Thieving Forest is a compelling mystery which I read breathlessly, keen to find out what happens next. It also made me think about the precariousness of what we value in life, the same as the Quiners did once with a completely different perspective. The depths of the issues considered, the wealth of historical detail, the realistic descriptions of the never ending forests and the creatures living there, and the actual story line all combine to make Thieving Forest a great read. I have nothing but good things to say about Thieving Forest. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a pleasure to occasionally find such a great book. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago