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The Wolves of Andover: A Novel Hardcover – November 8, 2010
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Kent doesn't disappoint in this prequel to The Heretic's Daughter, taking readers back to Massachusetts before the Salem witch trials as strong-willed 23-year-old Martha Allen falls in love with strong-armed hired hand Thomas Carrier. Rumor has it that Thomas, while living in England under another name, played a role in the execution of King Charles I. Now both he and Martha work for Martha's cousin on her farm and are brought together with a little help from the wolves stalking the farm. But after Thomas saves Martha from a wolf attack, he discovers wild animals are not the only dangers lurking in the Massachusetts woods: assassins have arrived from London to capture Charles I's executioner, said to be living outside Boston under an assumed name. Kent weaves in references to her first novel while creating an immersive stand-alone where Old World corruption clashes with New World opportunity; London bustles as civilization is carved out of the Massachusetts wilderness; and colonial self-reliance contrasts with dealing for favors in Restoration England. Kent brings colonial America to life by poking into its dark corners and finding its emotional and personal underpinnings. (Nov.) (c)
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This prequel to Kent’s The Heretic’s Daughter (2008) focuses on the early life of outspoken, tart-tongued Martha Allen, from whom the author is descended. Set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, the novel finds the still-unmarried 23-year-old Martha being sent to live with her cousins as a domestic. Once there, she finds herself intrigued by a hired man named Thomas Carrier. A Welshman, he is the tallest man she has ever seen and one of the most taciturn. But when he saves her from two marauding wolves, intrigue turns to attraction. But other wolves—human ones this time—may pose an even greater danger to the two. Who is Thomas, in fact? What part might he have played in the overthrow and beheading of England’s Charles I? And why have a clutch of dangerous assassins come from England in search of him? An example of the currently popular genre-blender, the book is part historical fiction, part romance, and part suspense. Skillfully meshing these various elements, the author’s latest effort is bound to please fans of each. --Michael Cart
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Martha has been pushed by her father into being a servant to her cousin, Patience's family. She was getting past the marriageable age of the time, she was already nineteen. Her father no longer wanted to support her. Also, her father could collect all of her wages as the custom. She approached life with bluntness, had a sharp tongue and was prone to getting into arguments. She was a good worker and very independent. She would be handy when it was her cousin's time to deliver as she had midwifed many babies. She lost some mothers but never a baby. She was very kind and protective to children and young William felt very comfortable around her. She had the look of a survivor.
A stranger named Thomas; very big in size, with a scar dividing his forehead in two, came to work for the family as laborer. He was a quiet person hiding a mysterious past and is also very independent. A secret and quiet romance starts between Thomas and Martha.
The story alternates between Martha and Thomas in Massachusetts and London where Charles II is planning revenge on the person who killed his father. Since I am not familiar with this part of history, it was all new to me.
Kathleen Kent used family stories and research to write about her ancestor, Martha Carrier. There is mystery, love and danger in her story. Her portrayal of Massachusetts in the 1600's is an additional character.
You can feel the cold winter winds pierce your bones, smell the fragrant flowers of spring and glide your hands over an old leather bound book. This is historical fiction at its best and you had better bundle up before starting to read it.
Now that I know who Martha and Thomas are, I am very excited to begin reading, `The Heretic's Daughter next.
I recommend this book to all who are interested in historical fiction of early America.
Nineteen-year-old Martha Allen leaves home to work for her expecting cousin Patience. While living with her cousin, Martha butts heads with nearly everyone, except for the mysterious and just as independent Thomas Carrier. Soon, Martha learns that Thomas respects her and that she can confide in him. However, trouble lurks out in the woods, and Martha must remain sharp if she wants to survive. Wolves abound, hungry for blood.
Perhaps the best thing about The Wolves of Andover is that it makes you think-- is this how our ancestors may have lived in colonial America? Can "wolves" mean something other than the four-legged furry creatures out in the woods? Why is the main character Martha so harsh? What is Thomas hiding?
You'll get answers to all of your questions, which I liked. I thought the setting and most of the characters were well done, but the only part of this book that bothered me was the setting switching back and forth from Massachusetts to London.
If you're lookig for intrigue, drama, mystery, and romance, then this book is for you. It is well written and hard to put down.
But if you haven't read "The Heretic's Daughter", I don't know that you would find this book as good as it is. You are introduced to these main characters in HD (Herectic's Daughter) but the focus of that book is the kids. Wolves goes back & tells you the story of Martha & Thomas & what a tale it is.
HD is about a family whose mother is being accused of being a witch back when witch trials were prevalent & accusations we're being thrown about constantly. Wolves goes back to how this family started & tells the story of two strong people with very interesting pasts, especially Thomas.
I find all things related to mob mentality very interesting. So HD was a great read & I am so glad that Kent decided to do a second book giving us the back story on two of the central characters.
One very interesting aspect of these books is that the author is actually writing about her family- this is a past that is both factual & fictional.
I highly recommend both books, but again, please read HD first so you can appreciate Wolves.