In 1676, an unlikely pair—a young Puritan widow and an English spy—journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound.
Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip’s war. She’s convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey,abound.Prudence ...more
The historical details surrounding the Massachusetts Bay Colony depict many of the religious customs of the Puritan settlers in Boston. Also brought to life are the devastating effects resulting from King Philip’s War. Wallace easily kept me invested as James Bailey, an a ...more
Prudence’s ho ...more
First, the author's research is impeccable. He clearly knows his facts. I grew up in Massachusetts, where early English settlements and Puritan life is something of a backdrop to our existence. Rarely, though, did that history feel more alive than it did here. The author uses his knowledge and understanding of Puritan times to build a believable plot, played ...more
I like reading history books but so far mainly focussed on English books in Henry VIII times and around. This is something different. In 1676, an unlikely pair - a young puritan widow Prudence and an English spy/ agent of the English Crown James, journeys from Boston harbour across a land where greed and treachery abound. They travel into Indian territories to find out more on the murder of Prudence's husband and searching for her daughter Mary, who is supposed to be taken into ...more
A story with potential, but poorly executed. The characters have no real depth, the writing at a high school level, the descriptive phrases are cliches and hackneyed.
And for an author who is reputed to research his subject there are errors which are evidence to the contrary. For example at one point the protagonist and her companions are described as hiding behind "bales of hay". There were no bales of hay in 17th century New England. Baling hay became an ag ...more
So, again, overall interesting read, but just ok.
Few books ...more
Besides that, in the 20-ish% that I read, James Bailey seduced a servant, let his companion be abused to achieve his own ends, and creepily came on to Prudence. Basically he was just an all around skeevy ass and I couldn't stand him. On top of that, I think the audiobook narrator somehow made him seem even worse and her voices were not very good. (Why would you have a woman nar ...more
The writing was not horrible but the dialog was not good, it was often stiff and stilted, unfortunately there's a lot of dialog. Sometimes a great reader performance can compensate for a book that might be a little lacking on the two dimensional page. In this case I'm afraid the reader wasn ...more
I received this one of the free monthly books offered to Amazon Prime members but I am very glad I selected it. I am a history lover and my favorite era is Colonial/Revolutionary War America but this was a little before my normal reading.
A bit of a thriller, bit of a mystery and a bit of a rollicking adventure, this book delves into the religiously oppressive culture of Puritan New England. I knew a little of this period but this book really adds a great deal of depth to ...more
Crow Hollow is set in colonial New England in the late seventeenth century and contains two main characters.
Prudence Cotton is a Puritan who has lost her husband Sir Benjamin in King Phillip's w ...more
Every time I read a Wallace book, it takes me a couple days to return to normal after traveling to the worlds he creates which ar ...more
"Cross Hollow" is one of ...more
The narrat ...more
Most notable thing is this reads like a debut novel; I was surprised to learn the author has 20+ novels under his belt. If you'd told me it was written by a gifted teenag ...more
I also found the character of Prudence to be extremely interesting with her experiences with being an Indian captive.
I also appreciated that Wallace did not gloss over any of the 'brutal' nature of not only the crimes but also the justice system from time period.
Overall definitely an enjoyable ad ...more
This tale of 1676 New England is historic in its landscape and its social descriptions of the time. The religious control of the population and fear of a far off King Philip sets up a story of treachery and deception.
Prudence Cotton has lost her husband and believes her child was taken by the Nipmuk tribe. Others say the child wa ...more
This was a work of historical fiction that was great from beginning (well, after forcing myself through the first couple of chapters while I got used to the language of colonial New England) to end. Often, the ending of a great book will disappoint, but this felt as good ...more
If only American history teachers in school would have added interesting, detailed human stories to their litany of boring names of events and chosen heroes, I may have developed a great interest in history.
Only as a much older senior adult have I finally discovered a personal connection to history and it's people through historical novels, such as Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace.
I cared about his characters, and experienced the suffering, the joys, the cultu ...more
I admit that I don't read a lot of male writers and I tend to stick to the females for the most part. I might have to change my tune and branch out a little more after reading Michael Wallace's work.
For reference, the first third of the book I struggled a little getting to know ...more
I am a huge fan of historical fiction. This was a good read but was lacking that spark tha ...more
The historical novel part of the book fared much better in my opinion, with an extremely interesting premise, time period and conflict. But the villain was obvious and the details weren't compelling. It read like someone's first novel, to be honest. Shallow main characters (the preacher's wife, Anne, was a ...more
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