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BRIDIE OF THE WILD ROSE INN, 1695 (Wild Rose Inn, No 1) Paperback – January 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Starfire (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553298666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553298666
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,823,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This lackluster offering is the first installment of the Wild Rose Inn series, which promises to chronicle the romantic adventures of six generations of young MacKenzie women. The first of these girls is Bridie, 16, who leaves her barren but beloved Scotland to join her parents in Marblehead, Mass., where they have spent 10 years working hard to establish an inn. Since the year is 1695 and Bridie's new home is not far from witchy Salem, it is inevitable that witchcraft becomes the historical element that drives the plot, but it does so in fits and starts. Besides being a devout Catholic, Bridie is an herbal healer; both these traits are looked on with suspicion and dislike by her new Puritan neighbors. Bridie's wooden flirtation with Will of God Handy earns her the hatred of his bitter, witch-fearing mother. Hokey, unconvincing dialogue and paper-thin characters do little to hasten the course of this ponderous story. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 6-9. Left behind when her parents emigrated from Scotland to the Massachusetts Colony, Bridie MacKenzie lived with her grandfather for 10 years until he died. Now, at 16, she crosses the Atlantic in steerage and joins her parents and younger brother in Marblehead. Her family is prospering as the proprietors of a tavern, but Bridie soon realizes that she must suppress all signs of her Catholic religion and the healing arts she learned in Scotland in order to conform to the Puritan laws and mores. When she attracts the notice of handsome Will Handy, she earns the enmity of his jealous mother, and when Bridie goes to the Indians for plant remedies for her desperately ill brother, she is suspected of being a witch, and the townspeople no longer patronize her parents' tavern. Finally, Bridie makes the decision to leave the family she only recently found and travel to Canada, where she can practice the religion and medicine that are so important to her. This is a promising beginning to a series of historical novels that can be read for diversion or as an adjunct to an American history unit. Sheilamae O'Hara

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nie on May 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was very good, but in the beginning it was a little bit boring. Around the middle of the book, it started to improve. I liked this book, but I liked "Emily of the Wild Rose Inn" better. Now, that book got straight to the point. The Bridie book was good, but it was disappointing at the end. She could have stayed in Massachusetts and *TRY* to fit in. But I think she left because she couldn't stand the people of Mass. I won't blame her... Will Handy was infatuated with Bridie, she liked him too, but Will's old mother stopped him from leaving to Canada with Bridie. You know what though? I think they won't last, because she was so different from him. Overall, this was a good book. I recommend that you read it on a rainy day, since it's a depressing book. :)
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By kay michael on September 28, 2012
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I am a former resident of marblehead and am writing juvenile fiction about a similar place and time period. I wanted to compare.
I thought that the character of Bridie was well done as well as the oppression of the community. The boy's character seemed a little 'all over the place' for me; I didn't get a real sense of what he was like. The conclusion didn't ring true to me. After 10 years of waiting to see her family, she leaves them almost immediately?! I would have liked to see a conclusion where her parents were a little more well rounded.
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By Jane Austen on November 26, 2008
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This book was not a good book. The ending was HORRIBLE. I dont know how Will really loved her; he was just stunned by her beauty, and in the end he didn't really like her enough to go with her! I was like OMG! Why?!?
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10 years ago, Bridie MacKenzie's parents left her behind in Scotland to build a new life in Massachusetts Bay Colony, promising to send for her soon. But 10 long years went by before Bridie finaly came to Massachusetts, and she's no longer a child, no longer able to adapt to her surroundings as easily. But Massachusetts itself isn't so bad. It's the people there, the laws they made. Bridie is a Catholic, and in Massachusetts you can only be a Puritan. Can Bridie build a home for herself in the harsh new land, and keep her religion alive within herself? Or will she have to leave the family she was just reuinited with to find a home elsewhere, where she can be true to her religion?
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