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Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins

Maria Lokken

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In 1763 Maggie Duncan crosses the ocean from Scotland arriving in Virginia as an indentured servant. She's strong, smart, tough and she's a midwife. Colonial Virginia isn't for the faint of heart. Women have no rights, colonists own slaves, the Native American's are being stripped of their lands. If you're not a survivor, you'll be dead in short order on the frontier.

Maggie has to endure not only another country, but the isolation of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the fact that she's owned by another for four years. Fortunately, Maggie's owner Seth isn't a horror. He's a former indentured slave from Scotland who buys her with his last dollars to help with his sick wife and three children. That's where she meets the trapper Tom Roberts a friend of Seth's. Tom's life is all about women, drink, food and the next hide he can trap, that is, until he meets Maggie. She's not a woman to be toyed with, he'll have to change his life to be with her, and winning her won't be easy. But, Tom's not the only one with eyes for Maggie - the very evil, vicious Viscount Cavendish wants to own Maggie more than he wants his next glass of Port. Cavendish is a sorry excuse for a man whose main purpose in life is to get out of the god forsaken colonies and back to England and his life of privilege. He'll do what it takes to own and posses her.

Ms. Blevins weaves an intricate tale drawing the reader into the times, the characters and the relationships. It's a sweeping romance with lots of twists and turns, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The author's description of a woman's life in the 18th century is dead on, and she pulls no punches when it comes to describing what life was like in thecolonies. However, I do have some quarrel with the author's descriptions of the Native Americans, and that is reason I've only given the book three stars. Her book gives great detail on the slaughter of the white man at the hands of the Native Americans, but tells none of the story or even implies any of the brutality and slaughter the Native American's suffered under the hands of the British and later American colonists. For a book so complete with descriptions of the times, I feel the author fell short in this area.

Maria Lokken
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