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The Vengeance of Mothers

(One Thousand White Women #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,613 ratings  ·  472 reviews
2nd book of the One Thousand White Woman trilogy
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 22nd 2016)
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3.5 stars

This book is the sequel to One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, a fictional story set in the 1870s in which the U.S. government agrees to send a total of 1000 white women to intermarry with the Cheyenne in exchange for 1000 horses. Supposedly, this will advance peaceful relations between white settlers and the Cheyenne people.

Most of the women in the program are volunteers from prisons and insane asylums, though the dozen or so females in the story are 'nice girls' who go
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, series, kindle
*SPOILERS AHEAD and Major rant ahead*

The long awaited sequel to "One Thousand White Women," Jim Fergus immediately picks up his latest book where the first one ended, so make sure you read it first. The premise of the novel is based on historical speculation rather than any concrete proof(just go on the internet to see the great debate that has emerged based on these books). Apparently, Fergus stumbled upon a story that the US government agreed to provide a program of one thousand white women to intermarry with theproof(justended,
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly liked this fictitious novel chronically done through jounel entries of the trials of white women who were pledged into the service of marrying Indians in order to pay their debt to society. The story was harrowing and a total page turner for this reader.

As the journals are read, we are introduced to a cast of women who certainly are courageous, endearing to one another, and determined to protect the Indians who have been so grossly mistreated by our government. The time perio
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in an exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).
(A bunch of these I won decided to come in at the same time haha)

Cover of my ARC.. different from what pictured on GR.

Still good cover, but like the other better.
*Random musings*

This was an easier read than the first book in some ways... the first book wasn't bad or anything (see my review for it) but there was a heaviness to i
Men may be the warriors but there is nothing so powerful as the vengeance of a mother who has lost her child to violence. Having survived the bloody Mackenzie massacre that killed so many, Meggie and Susie Kelly, who's babies froze from the cold, are out to punish any and all in revenge for their babies. They were part of a contingent of women sent to marry into the Cheyenne tribe in hopes of civilizing the "Natives". What they found instead was a love for the people and their culture.
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Sally Lindsay-briggs
Prisoners, people from insane asylums and people of questionable character chose to participate in the brides program started by the U.S. government in the mid 1800's to "civilize" the Indians. These women were to marry the braves. Problem was the government decided to end the program pretty suddenly. This book is based on several journals that really existed, written by several of the brides about their harrowing experiences. This free Goodreads Giveaway was extremely exciting, with lots of ver ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book blind and knowing nothing about One Thousand White Women. Actually, I didn’t even know the book existed. There is a part of me that wished that I had read One Thousand White Women before reading The Vengeance of Mothers. I could have gotten a better understanding of the women who survived the massacre.

Saying that I enjoyed the book. The format that it was written in, journal style, was different. I can count on one hand how many books were written in this format
Having absolutely devoured “One Thousand White Women,” I was really anticipating a stellar sequel. Unfortunately this book was just “meh” for me. Mr. Fergus still gave me lots of strong female characters (thank you!) to root for but I found the plot to be a bit rushed and sloppy (and very depressing). I believe there is a third book planned to complete the trilogy and I am interested in the overall conclusion. The imagery is beautiful and the writing charismatic; the ending is abrupt but beautif ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this sequel to One Thousand White Women. It picks up as the first one leaves off. This author obviously has taken liberties with history and supposes that the US government trades one thousand white women for Indians. Women, mostly from dregs of society, volunteer to go in hopes of improving their plight. Most of our women volunteers find a better life with the Cheyenne except for the efforts of the US army to kill them. In this sequel, a few of our characters from book 1 seek v ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I heard that Jim Fergus had written a sequel to One Thousand White Women, a book that I read twice, I rushed to get it. THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS follows some of the same women from OTWW, volunteers in the U.S. Government's Brides for Indians program, as well as a new group who arrive after the program has been terminated and are left in limbo. Reacting to the horrendous massacre which ended OTWW, the survivors mourning friends, husbands, and especially children, vow vengeance on the Army an ...more
Sharon Huether
I won this Free book from Goodreads First-Reads. Thank you Goodreads for sending me such an interesting book.
In 1873 the US Government gathered up 1000 white women from jails, asylums, and brothels and escorted them to the Cheyennes in Southeastern Montana in exchange for 300 horses.
In the story the author brings to life from the journals of May Dodd; the everyday happenings with the Indians and the white women. He had a sensitive way of describing the emotions of the women.
Charlotte Miller
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2-read
Jim Fergus’s One Thousand White Women began the story of the “Brides for Indians” program, where women who were the outcasts of white society—“fallen” women, the insane, criminals, women considered unmarriageable in normal white society at the time—volunteered to marry into the Cheyenne. They were expected to bear children of mixed Cheyenne and white blood, children who could tread both worlds and who could ease the Cheyenne’s way into white American culture. Many of these women fell in love wit ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing makes you cry like a mother’s sorrow, hurt, anger, and ultimate vengeance. In this sequel to "One Thousand White Women" you feel and see all these.

Just like "One Thousand White Women" was from the diaries of May Dodd, this story is from the journals of Meggie Kelly and Molly McGill. The story takes place in the months before the Battle of Little Big Horn and how the tribes come together for this ultimate fight, a fight to keep their ways, and their homes.

"The Vengeance of Mo
Martie Nees Record
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pub. Date: September, 12, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

When I read this historical novel I wasn’t aware that it is a sequel. I did have the feeling that I was missing the first part, but I wasn’t at all confused, meaning one can read it alone. Set in the 1800’s the book begins with the journals of two sisters, the Kelly twins, who were part of the Wives for Indians Program that sent “undesirable” women from prisons and asylums to marry N
Deanne Patterson
The Vengeance of Mothers is the second book in the One Thousand White Women series. Reading the first book years ago it was great to see an update on the characters I met in the first book. These are the The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill. Everyone has a story to tell and this is the voice of the women who participated in the government's "Brides for Indians" program in 1873. Some are running from the law or fallen women,some coming from broken abusive homes these women thought it ...more
The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus continues the adventure that left us hanging in One Thousand White Women. Historical fiction meets mystic lore in this engrossing continuation about the women we loved in book one.

If you haven’t read One Thousand White Women, I highly suggest it because you get May’s point of view and it’s a really good book. It’s possible to read The Vengeance of Mothers as a standalone because plot points and situations are rehashed from book one. This is helpful fo
Vikki Patis
I quite enjoyed One Thousand White Women, but, sadly, I didn't get on with the sequel quite as well. I'm not a fan of the journal style of fiction writing, but I found May Dodd to be a much stronger, relatable voice than the Kelly sisters in The Vengeance of Mothers. That being said, both of these books feature strong women, struggling to survive within society, and then taking on the role of wives to Cheyenne men.

The best historical fiction, in my view, is that which takes a historical event,
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vengeance of Mothers was a disappointing read. The author’s previous novel, One Thousand White Women, is one of my favorite books and his current work is merely a poor and unoriginal duplication replete with stereotypes, moral lessons and verbal anachronisms.

In addition, the story abruptly and unexpectedly ends. I promptly turned the pages looking for the next chapter, but there was none to be had. Granted, the pretext was the brides had “exhausted their paper supply” and could not continue
♥ Marlene♥
Finished last night. Did not think this book as engaging as was the first book. To be fair it was quite alike but I was not a fan of the sisters and thought the other narrator although a bit better very annoying.

I would love another fictional book by Jim Fergus but a totally different story would be nice. I like his writing style.He is very good in making the characters, even the secondhand characters, come to life. That is his strength. I see I said the same when reviewing his other book which was anothe
Emily at Reaching While Rooted
It's the 1870s and the United States Government has made an agreement with the Cheyenne: 1000 white women as brides in exchange for 300 horses. A secret program, this exchange takes place right before the end of the American Indian War... One of the biggest shames of our nation's past.

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus is the journals of Margaret Kelly and Molly McGill, two "participants" in the program. These women come from the ranks of prisoners, prostitutes, lunatics and actr
Jo Ann
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved "One Thousand White Women" by this author, so was eager to read more. This book follows OTWW, and it's quite enjoyable...perhaps a 3.5 more than a solid 4 for me. The story is told through the journals of 2 of these white women who were brought to the plains to intermarry with the Cherokee and Lakota, via the U.S. Government. The program has been kept fairly secret from U.S. citizens, and has now been ceased. Most of the women, being from asylums, brothels, prisons, etc., have found comm ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book maybe not quite as much as One Thousand White Women. which I read twice. It certainly makes one think about the manner in which the United States treated Native Americans. A blight on our history much like slavery.
Lisa Scheppmann
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the prequel to this book...One Thousand White Women. This book was almost as good. Felt by the way this ended there will be another book to come. Loved the characters, the names, and quick moving story.
(I received this book as an ARC in a goodreads giveaway. My opinion is my own.)

To start, I might have liked this better if I'd re-read One Thousand White Women before I read this novel. There are constant callbacks to that novel, and while some of it is explained, a lot of it isn't, so if you're picking up this book either before you've read the first, or it's been awhile, prepare to be confused.

The story has two/three narrators: The Kelly Sister, Meggie and Susie, who were in the first novel
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book. It is about the U.S. government program to send white women to be brides for Indians in the late 1870's. It was considered a failed program. This group of women was made up with a woman convicted of murder, a woman from a mental institution and a lady from society, along with a few others. The book is written as a diary belonging to two of the ladies. They go through many hardships and heartaches. But they form beautiful friendships too. Parts of the book are har ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was in 1998 when I first came across One Thousand White Women, the first in a planned trilogy.I inhaled that novel and have spent years pining for the next installment. One does not have to read the first in order to appreciate the second in the series, but it provides so much background that I feel it would do an injustice to appreciating the whole context. The first novel described the mail order bride barter system where the government exchanged 1000 white woman to interbreed with the Chey ...more
Denise Deen
3.5 stars.....This long awaited sequel to “One Thousand White Women” ( one of my all-time favorite books) is somewhat of a disappointment. No where near as beautifully written nor as compelling. I would have given
it 4 stars if the ending had been better and not so abruptly done. I did like that May Dodd was referred to many times.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was generous giving this book 3 stars. I loved 1000 White Women, loved it. I couldn’t wait for the sequel and up until the very last page was hoping to see a glimmer of what I loved about the first book. I left more confused and disappointed than ever. Sadly, Fergus either needs to move onto a new tribe or perhaps a new story line!! Very disappointed.
I just can't ..

I just simply can't understand why the author ruined a perfectly good book with such a stupid ending. Why? Why? Why? I really feel like giving this book fewer than three stars but I'm going to give it 3.5 and round down. Like I said only the ending was bad, the rest of the book was a pretty good story.

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Jim Fergus was born in Chicago on March 23, 1950. He attended high school in Massachusetts and graduated as an English major from Colorado College in 1971. He has traveled extensively and lived over the years in Colorado, Florida, the French West Indies, Idaho, France, and Arizona. For ten years he worked as a teaching tennis professional in Colorado and Florida, and in 1980 moved to the tiny town ...more

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