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click here.When I started this book I was quite flustered, and didn't really believe what I was reading. I decided to surf the web to find some summary of the book to reassure the text. However, I was unable to find any decent review on this book. Although I didn't enjoy this book, I will provide a somewhat detailed review for future readers who find this book and plan to read it. To start, this book begin with a young housemaid whose mother has deceased. She receives an offer for marriage by the local rich...moreWhen I started this book I was quite flustered, and didn't really believe what I was reading. I decided to surf the web to find some summary of the book to reassure the text. However, I was unable to find any decent review on this book. Although I didn't enjoy this book, I will provide a somewhat detailed review for future readers who find this book and plan to read it. To start, this book begin with a young housemaid whose mother has deceased. She receives an offer for marriage by the local rich butcher, however, the main character, Amity, earnestly hopes to deny the offer and rather be selected to live a new life out in the new land of America filled with new inhabitants. Amity is overjoyed when she receives a response to her request to a be a candidate for the program, being offered two men who are in need of a wife. Amity decides to inform her employer of her leave, and refuses the offer from the butcher. As Amity sets out, she has decided she will choose the offer of a middle-aged man known as, Samuel York, living out in a vast territory. After a long journey, and meeting of her new husband, Amity quickly lears that her husband is a man of few words and restricted feelings. She learns upon Samuel's true love for his land, and the fear of prospectors in search of gold invading his serene territory. After Amity's first child, David, grows older, Amity insists on using the small portios of hidden gold for David's tuition as David is quite a smart boy and earnest learner. Samuel, however, denies the idea causing Amity to set out in a blizzard in frustration. Amity is rescued by a fellow mate she had become acquainted with along her journey to her new husband's home. Although the two share a deep intimacy in mind, they diregard their feelings, and Amity's rescuer, Jake, returns Amity to her to Samuel yet again. Time passes, and Amity becomes silent upon the gold matter, although her son happens to find gold in the nearby river by the Yorks' cabin. Amity diregards the gold although hiding it from her son in the safe place with the rest of the discovered gold, and Samuel informs his son that it is "Fools Gold". Althouh one day 3 men spot David picking out pieces of gold from the river, and question the boy if he knows of any other stored gold from previous searaches...Amity pretends to not have noticed the men interrogating her son, and calls David in. The men approach Amity with force questioning her of where any other gold is hidden. Amity disregards the 3 mens' questions, and as a result Samuel is killed leaving David in shock with no voice, and Amity is ill-treated by all three men. The three men leave the cabin on fire which aweakens Amity as she learns of what has happened, and in shock she learns of her husband's death and leaves inform of the misdeeds hoping for a set retribution to the three men. Amity is unable to get her point across with setting up a trail, and decides to start her life anew in a new territory. While trying to file for a court case, she learns that her husband had been married prior, and had never filed for divorcce. This alarming statement makes Amity, Samuel's mistress and David fatherless in law. Amity is rejoined with the help of Jake who helps Amity re-establish herself in the new territory. Amity soon realizes that she is pregnant once again, and is pretty positive the child isn't Samuels. She forces Jake to leave, and proceeds with the silent birth of her new child. The novel continues as Amity learns that 2 of the 3 men who had caused the misfortune upon her family die leaving the one who had caused the birth of her second child to come into her established territory made with Samuel's real wife who had threatened to file a case in court that she had not received the fair share of gold. The books ends with the death of the 3rd harasser, and the hopes of Jake and Amity to start a new life in a new territory. (less)
Admito que de início cheguei a temer que a história sobre a jovem noiva por procuração descambasse para a típica lamechice previsível, mas revelou-se um surpreendentemente bem escrito e duro relato sobre viver e vencer na fronteira.