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Mary Dove

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Reared in isolation by her father on the Western prairie, Mary Dove has been taught to fear only one thing. One sparkling October day it happens. The inevitable stranger rides in off the plains, and Mary Dove does what she had always promised her father she would—she shoots.Yet compassion overcomes Mary's fear. In remorse, she tends to the wounded stranger, and what follow ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2003 by Texas Tech University Press (first published 1974)
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Sheryl
Jan 30, 2009 Sheryl rated it really liked it
This book was really different. I was looking for a different one from this author and couldn't find it and got this one instead. It's about a man who's wife died when his daughter was young so he took her to a remote place to raise her where she had no contact with the outside world. It takes place in western times in Texas and you find out later that he was hiding her because she is partly black and there was no tolerance of blacks in that day in fact it was against the law to marry one. It wa ...more
Kallie
Aug 06, 2014 Kallie rated it really liked it
This is a deceptively simple story told in a fresh, immediate voice. Mary Dove is about survival in a harshly beautiful environment (the 19th century Llano Estacado) living as one with nature and animals -- an innocent, full existence. The problem is, people naturally want to live among other people and for Mary Dove, other people pose a particular danger I don't want to give away in this review. The author clearly knows this land as well as her protagonist, and she knows the people who settled ...more
Bani M
Dec 08, 2010 Bani M rated it really liked it
A bit of advice- if you haven't read the summary yet, don't. Just read the book. There is a surprise somewhere around the middle that I didn't see coming, and may have contributed quite a bit to my enjoyment. But most summaries of reviews I've seen of this book give it away since it's something worth knowing in order to better categorize the novel.

The cover of the edition I got conjures up images of thrilling suspense, heroines in some sort of complex entanglements and turmoil with perhaps a got
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Chloemarie24
Mar 26, 2016 Chloemarie24 rated it really liked it
The book was wonderfully written~ you might find the first few chapters boring but you'll eventually love it like I do.
Stephanie
Apr 29, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
A girl lives in isolation with her father up in the mountains. But one day in winter trajedy befalls and the father doesn't show. Then in spring, a stranger comes and offers to help Mary Dove. Their love grows, but as the area fills with new settlers they must find a way to stay together.
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Jul 30, 2012 Kate Breslin rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago, but refuse to part with it. Mary Dove has a surprise that will blow you away!
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Nov 13, 2011 Vicki Marmillot rated it it was amazing
Read this YEARS ago, but saw it at Half Price Books the other day. Very good book.
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Good love story about a mulatto girl and a cowboy.
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