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Midwife of the Blue Ridge

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  935 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
From the villages of eighteenth-century Scotland to the colonies of America, Christine Blevins takes us on a richly imagined, perilous adventure, as one woman seeks the life she deserves...

They called her Dark Maggie for her thick black hair, but the name also had a more sinister connotation. As the lone survivor of an attack on her village, she was thought to be cursed—an
ebook, 432 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Berkley
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
4 1/2 Stars!

Setting: Scottish Highlands-Blue Ridge Mountains

It's not often we pick up a book and it immediately draws you in, and holds you to the very end. Midwife Of The Blue Ridge did that for me. And what made it even better was the characters in the story. Maggie is a heroine I will not long forget. Maggie's story starts out in a village of eighteen-century Scotland, as a young child that has lost everything when her village was attacked. As the battle of Culloden Moor rages around her, she
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 swooning Scottish heather filled stars.

Sweeping historical romance that takes readers from the bloody aftermath of Culloden to Pontiac 's war in the 18th century. Main character, Maggie Duncan reminds me of the strong female protagonists written by Diana Gabaldon and Genevieve Graham. The romance that she shares with Tom was reminiscent of Michaela and Sully on the television series "Dr . Quinn, Medicine Woman." The writing is absolutely spectacular and I felt swept back to the sights and s
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Into the Wilderness
Maggie Duncan sells herself into four years of indentured servitude to pay her passage from Scotland to America, where she hopes to make a new life for herself. Her contract is purchased by Seth Martin whose weak and very pregnant wife needs Maggie's healing skills. The Martin homestead is in Blue Ridge mountains far into the backcountry, near Indian territory, where daily life is a continuous struggle.

I love good historical fiction, and the blurb made this book sound appealing. Historical adven
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1746 the battle of Culloden in the Scottish Highlands nearly wiped out the Highland Clans. This is the story of Maggie Duncan. At seven years old she was the sole survivor when her village was destroyed by the English army because the villagers had aided the Highlanders. She is able to escape and then helps a mortally wounded soldier find his way home. Luckily for Maggie the soldier's wife is a midwife and she adopts Maggie, raises and educates her while passing along her healing skills.

I actually REALLY liked this book, but rated it lower because of the bad language and amount of sexuality. I'm glad it stayed true to the raw nature of life in that time, to a certain extent. However, I don't enjoy reading foul language over and over. I was so drawn in by the story when the language started that I just tried to overlook it (it became increasing foul), so I could finish reading the amazing storyline.
I feel like I learned a LOT about herbal remedies and very interesting tidbits of
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
i picked this up because of the cover, but stopped about halfway through in exasperation.
the hero is a lout.
the heroine is crass.
the setting is magnificent.

pg13 yellow and probably moving toward red or even R for sexual content. i don't know. that's why i stopped reading. ;)
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2009
This is the first novel by Christine Blevins and she debuts as a winner.

Maggie experiences the murder of her parents after the battle of Culloden. In running away she helps a wounded soldier to return home to his wife to die. His wife is a renowned Midwife and takes her in as her own and teaches her everything she knows. Years later when the midwife dies of "the lung disease", Maggie is cast out of the village as a witch. She ends up in Ireland living hand to mouth and eventually sells herself
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago when Hannah Cameron’s husband, Alan came back from the war wounded he wasn’t alone. Alan was accompanied by a little girl named Maggie. Maggie was no ordinary girl. She was the only lone survivor of her town’s massacre. Now the years have past and Maggie is all grown up and Hannah and Alan are gone. The townsfolk have a name for Maggie; they call her “Dark Maggie”. At first when people started calling her that it was because she had dark hair but now the name has a whole new meaning... ...more
Mishelle LaBrash
It started out great... Had all the elements I look for in a book. History, Struggle, Friendship, Loyalty, and Love.

An awesome beginning, a wee Scottish lass full of spunk and brains signs up as an indentured servant, heading for the New World to escape the hardships of Scotland after Culloden. Authentic Scottish prose, Hilarious and Charming banter, and an overall feeling of possibility and hope.

Its beginninf was reminiscent to some of my favorites stories, and was succesful in grabbing my at
Sep 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008, own
As the sole survivor of a vicious attack on her village, Maggie Duncan is viewed by many in Black Corries, Scotland as a harbinger of bad luck. But Hannah Cameron, grateful to young Maggie for bringing her mortally wounded husband home to her, adopts the young girl. Hannah is a midwife and she soon teaches her healing skills to Maggie.

After Hannah’s death, Maggie finds herself in a difficult position. The people of Black Corries are very superstitious and blame her for Hannah’s death. Believing
The male protagonist wasn't Nathaniel, and the setting wasn't Paradise.

In my opinion, this book sits somewhere in between Shadowbrook by Beverley Swerling (unreadable, the characters were so flat and the storylines so numerous), and my favorite book ever: Into the Wilderness, by Sara Donati (pretty much my standard for colonial/frontier historical fiction).

It follows "Dark Maggie," a young Scottish immigrant to the colonies. Beautiful, headstrong, intelligent, and a skilled midwife, she gets i
Patricia dumas
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book. Should not of been presented with the "Rosemary Rogers" type cover for it is so much out of that league. It's better.

A beautiful, realistic portray of 18th cent live in Virginia. The mountains, the birds,plants, animals. It all weaves together so well.A very well thought out book. Not a dumb romance book. :-) Not at all!

I LOVE the historic details of primitive medicine and herbology. Willow Bark tea! Where aspirin comes from! A sense of camaraderie takes place in the Roundabout ar
KJ, Madame Librarian
Okay, well...technically I did finish this book. But I had to stop caring around the time that Maggie fixes a black woman's hair for her. That's how clueless this author is. Maggie hears Aurelia complaining about her hair (projection, much?) and then Maggie fixes it for her.

And even though Maggie knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING and she's perfect and pretty and so fucking PLUCKY, she still needs to be rescued by a man. And that man is, of course, a white man whose time with the Indians made hi
Stacey Graham
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacey by: Mary Lewis
Well-researched and beautifully written, Midwife of the Blue Ridge doesn't shy away from the harsh realities that flavored life on the colonial frontier. Blevins' characters are swept away by circumstance yet still reveal the strength required to carry off the plot.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers thirsty for adventure in the New World's wild western frontier.
Sep 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because the midwife is an indentured servant from Scotland. Ach Aye! Interesting account of the butchery of the new world, from both sides. Some herbology and holistic medicine, too.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Gabaldon's Outlander series, w/out the time travel
Lori Mason
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, historic, z2008
I don't usually read historic fiction - this was very good - a romance, but also a good story.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completely engrossing historical fiction set in 16th century Appalachia. The Scottish Irish English as well Black slaves and Native Americans were all part of the settlement of this area. This wonderful novel explores the complex interactions of these different ethnic groups. Maggie the heroine is a feisty fascinating Scottish indentured servant. She is a midwife and healer. I very much enjoyed learning about the native herbs and plants that were so skillfully and successfully gathered and utili ...more
3.5 Stars

I've been on a historical midwife and witch kick lately, so this book was right up my alley. It's actually been on my to-shelf for years, at least two. So I figured it was time to give it a go. It proved to be a fairly enjoyable read with a great main character and fascinating historical storyline with unknown elements for me. Despite a few hitches, I would feel comfortable recommending this book on to others.

I adored the historical story explored in this book. Information about indent
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of fiction, historical fiction,romance, colonial times
Historical fiction demands a great deal of a writer, not just in the way of accuracy of details and believable characters, but also a strong sense of time and place. Christine Blevins achieves this nicely in Midwife of the Blue Ridge. Dominated by a sense of adventure with a strong underlying romance that works its way through the story, it's a rewarding read.

Maggie Duncan, adopted by a midwife after surviving the destruction of her village in 1740s Scotland, finds herself an outcast when the mi
Jan 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to start with this was just so bad and cliched. The summary sounded really interesting and great but I think the title was quite misleading. For a book about a midwife, you would think that she would be doing midwifery things. But she only dealt with two births for the novel, so that was a bit odd.

Secondly, I CAN NOT STAND written accents. At best they are misguided, at worst racist . Honestly, I think this delves into both (the worst being the stero-typical "sl
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In 1763 Maggie Duncan crosses the ocean from Scotland arriving in Virginia as an indentured servant. She’s strong, smart, tough and she’s a midwife. Colonial Virginia isn’t for the faint of heart. Women have no rights, colonists own slaves, the Native American’s are being stripped of their lands. If you’re not a survivor, you’ll be dead in short order on the frontier.

Maggie has to endure not only another country, but the isolation of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the fact that she’s owned by anot
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this a lot and at times struggled to put it down. "Maggie" the main character is definitely someone I'd like to sit down to pints w/ - she's also someone I'd trust to help me give birth. I found myself easily immersed in her life - her witnessing and surviving a massacre that claimed the lives of her family and her entire village in Scotland, her time learning midwifery, her journey to America and her struggles to adapt to American frontier life. It's been a very long time since I've r ...more
Susan O'Bryant
As a child, Maggie is the sole survivor after a murderous rampage on the village in Scotland where she lived with her family. She is found by Hannah, a medicine woman who more or less adopts her and makes her an apprentice. Hannah teaches Maggie all that she can, but when Hannah dies, Maggie is left on her own. She eventually agrees to be a bondservant for four years in exchange for passage to the New World. After her grueling boat ride across the Atlantic, Maggie lucks up when it comes time for ...more
When everyone in Maggie's village, including her family, is killed for lending aid to those who fought on the Highlander's side at the Battle of Culloden, seven-year old Maggie Duncan helps a wounded soldier find his way home and is taken in by his wife, Hannah. Hannah is the village midwife and teaches young Maggie her trade as well as knowledge about plants and healing. When Hannah dies, Maggie knows that she can no longer stay because of the mistrusting townspeople who believe her to be curs ...more
This book was thoroughly disappointing, maybe because it actually started so well that seeing it plummet to its own death was just annoying. The first few chapters were engaging and well-written: Maggie is tough and cheeky despite being shunned in her Scottish community. As the story continues, she rises to the challenges life throws at her: embarking a ship to the New Word, making a start in an unknown land, and helping others when she has nothing herself. The characters she meets along the way ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookworm, used-book
I started this book almost two weeks ago and just finished it the other day. Come to think of it, I don't know why it took me so long, especially because it was a really good read.

The story follows the life of a young Scottish woman named Maggie Duncan. As a child, her entire village was massacred, leaving Maggie an orphan. A local midwife adopts Maggie, but because of her history as the lone survivor, she is regarded with superstition by the rest of the townsfolk. She is considered un-marriage
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Set in 18th century Scotland, Maggie Duncan is the sole survivor of a horrific massacre. She is taken in by a midwife and learns the woman's healing skills. After her foster mother's death, and seeing her own prospects for a happy life in Scotland dim, Maggie voluntarily goes to Colonial America as an indentured servant. What follows is an adventure beyond any she could have imagined.

Maggie is indentured to Seth Martin and his family. She finds love and acceptance within their world. Her skills
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Individuals, book clubs
In a nutshell: I couldn't put it down - literally! Three nights in a row, my poor husband woke up around midnight to find me still reading in bed with a tiny light so I could finish the book! The story begins in 1746 Scotland, and continues in America 1763. The story surrounds Maggie Duncan, a young Scottish girl orphaned at an early age due to the massacre of her village by the English. After helping a wounded Scottish man to his home, she learns her skills as a midwife from his wife Hannah, wh ...more
This is a good historical fiction. Despite old Scottish-English language (I don't know how should I name it correctly), I have read it smoothly and with pleasure.

You have here the Jacobite Rebellion of 1746, the French and Indian War and and Pontiac’s Uprising. There are beginnings of the USA. Most of all, it is really good mixed with a fictional story.
On one hand, a reader will have to think about a slavery, a colonialism, freedom and people's segregation. You will feel and see that world, ever
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 06, 2015 06:22AM  
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I am an author who writes what I love to read – historical adventure stories. My debut novel MIDWIFE OF THE BLUE RIDGE (August 2008) takes the reader to the wilds of 18th century colonial America. This story was inspired by information unearthed researching family history.

My latest release, THE TORY WIDOW (April 2009) begins in 1775 in New York City at the eve of rebellion, and is the resul
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