Woman from the Glen

Woman from the Glen

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 104.14 x 175.26 x 20.32mm | 158.76g
  • Bantam USA
  • New York, United States
  • 055308786X
  • 9780553087864

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A modest, thoroughly satisfying novel of Scotland during the marches and routes of Bonnie Prince Charlie - which Jennie MacAllen, a fiery hell-for-leather heroine, survives. Jennie and her twin brother Pollux were born on the same day as the Prince and are therefore, proclaimed their old nurse, bound together in destiny. But mainly because widow Jennie (her young husband, to her relief, had died) was bored with the quiet life at Glen Dubh, including the sweet docility of her sister-in-law Mary, she had elected to go along with Charlie's clans. Or perhaps it was because of a sporting affair with Jacobus, a soldier of fortune, a jovial playful alliance with no thought of marriage - or love. While careful, thoughtful men in Scotland and England weigh the Prince's chances and their own, the fighting accelerates and in the last days and miles, Jennie, now gaunt and pregnant, is almost drowned, captured by the English, sent to prison by her grieving cousin Robert, rescued by her mother and nurse, and finally returns to isolated Mary and her Tara, Glen Dubh - all terror and desolation. At the close she is alone - her family scattered - but her "dead grey eyes" show a glint of life as she allows a repentant Robert to share her home. An unromanticized view of war - and the Prince - leaven this chimney tale. Very respectable commercial fare. (Kirkus Reviews)
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