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Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. On a winter day of terror, Puritan Mary Rowlandson is captured by Indians. Her home destroyed and her children lost to her, she becomes a pawn in the bloody struggle between English settlers and the indigenous people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, she witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her surprise, she is drawn to her captors? straightforward way of life.
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Amy Belding Brown is the author of Mr. Emerson's Wife, and her work has appeared in Yankee, Good Housekeeping, American Way, the Worcester Review, and other national, international, and regional magazines. Married to a United Church of Christ minister, and the mother of four grown children, she lives in Vermont and teaches at Granite State College.Review:
''Brown's second novel examines how the early English settlers made their way to the New World, built their communities, and related to the established Native American culture . . . Brown has written an engaging and enjoyable novel based on solid research. Students of history . . . will value the authentic representation of early Colonial America and the more sympathetic portrait of Native Americans.'' --Library Journal (starred review)
''Brown retells the actual events surrounding Mary Rowlandson's abduction to expose the difficult role of women in colonial Puritan society, explore Mary's quest for freedom, and offer a fuller understanding of her faith. She eloquently allows Mary's story to unfold, while transporting the reader into the rigid world of the Puritans and juxtaposing that with the more natural life of the Native Americans. Brown's story is as much inspirational as it is historical, and more intriguing because it is true.'' --RT Book Reviews
''Breathes life into a vital but oft-neglected chapter of our history. Amy Belding Brown has turned an authentic drama of Indian captivity into a compelling, emotionally gripping tale that is at once wrenching and soulful.'' --Eliot Pattison, author of the 'Mystery of Colonial America' series
''Brown 's voice transforms a remote period into a fresh and immediate world and, in Mary, gives us a heroine who is broken by sorrow but determined to survive. This is a novel about the true meaning of faith and freedom.'' --Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
''A mesmerizing tale of survival and awakening . . . Reminded me of Caleb's Crossing.'' --Donna Thorland, author of The Rebel Pirate
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