Monday, November 30, 2009

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

Genre: Historical, Based on a true story
Published: 1981, 406 pgs.
Review: 3/5 stars
Mary Ingles was kidnapped by Shawnee Indians from her home in a Virginia settlement in 1755. She was nine months pregnant at the time and would soon give birth along the trail as she and the other hostages were taken back to the Shawnees' village. I hope I'm not giving too much away to say that she eventually escapes and attempts to return to her husband.
This is definitely an inspiring story of a very courageous woman but I didn't really enjoy that much. It was interesting but there was too much graphic violence for my taste. That wasn't the main reason for my lack of enthusiasm though. I can't quite put my finger on it except that it was too long and drawn out. I started feeling like I just wanted it to end.
Rating: 2.5.2 Several sexual references, lots of violence including some inflicted on children and animals, mild profanity.


Jeanette said...

Everyone in my book group seemed to love this but I didn't it. It did drag a lot and I did not the authors treatment of the characters. Not a good example of historical fiction.

Charlotte said...

I thought it was boring, too.

Kim, thanks so much for your reviews. I've gotten such great book suggestions from your blog.

Suey said...

I really liked this book, even with that awful scene at the beginning.

Shelley said...

I know someone who loved this book, so I'm glad to have a different opinion so I don't go into it with too high of expectations. I also wasn't aware of the violence which it helps me to be braced for that kind of stuff!

Wendy Lady said...

Honestly, this is one of the best books I've ever read (and I read a lot!). I was inspired by that trek back home and it has always stayed with me.