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The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent
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Nov 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, fiction, historical-fiction
Recommended to Michele by: gift from Carey
Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

The Wolves of Andover is a prequel to Kent's last novel, The Heretic's Daughter. This novel, set in early Colonial America features Martha Allen, a young woman without martial prospects sent to work in her cousin's household. Kent does a superior job of conveying the hardships endured by the colonists, including the poverty, manual labor, dangers from environment, disease and Native American threats.....nothing is sugar-coated in this book and thank goodness for that.

Woven in with Martha's tale is the story of Thomas Carrier, a hired workman for her cousin whose mysterious past is intimately tied to the English Civil War and the regicide of Charles I. A wanted man by the English, Thomas seeks to avoid capture by assassins sent from England by Charles II to avenge the murder of his father.

Much of Kent's material comes from documented history and her realism is compelling. This isn't "cozy" historical fiction, but rather gritty realism grounded in accurate history. Well worth the read for anyone interested in early Colonial America.

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