Friday, January 14, 2022

MAGGIE'S STRENGTH by Pegg Thomas, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

*Forts of Refuge, Book #2

"If Maggie was going to survive, she'd have to do it on her own. Again."

Having been kidnapped as a young child during an Indian raid, the thoughts of escape have barely crossed Maggie Kerr's mind; it was too dangerous, but after being promised as a bride to a cruel Huron warrior, Maggie senses a sliver of opportunity and takes it. She's both terrified and hopeful that she can reach Fort Detroit and claim refuge as a British citizen. There is only one thing standing in her way, a river; swift, deep and wide.

Baptiste Geroux is caught between war and peace; as a slightly lame French farmer, he routinely gives the neighboring Indians food from his fields in exchange for allowing him to remain on land they could, at any moment, consider their own. With a British fort just across the river, he also trades with the British while remaining neutral within the area's strained relations. But the day he encounters a lovely young woman along his shore, deep down in his heart Baptiste knows that his life will never be the same.

What a wondrous story! Not only did I learn a wealth of information about the history of this area, whose inhabitants suffered greatly under the complexity of relationships between the French, Indians, and British, but the author managed to navigate the details in a way that I could easily understand . . .  however, the historical backdrop tactfully faded into the background as the sweetest of love stories took center stage. The absolute sweetest! It's a book that I anticipate reading over and over again. 
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Maggie Kerr is a survivor. Taken captive at age eleven during the battle at Fort McCord, she's learned to adapt and to trust no one. Promised in marriage to a Huron warrior she fears, Maggie risks everything in a run for her freedom.

Content to ignore the rising animosity between the British and the Ottawa villagers he calls his friends, Baptiste Geroux plants his fields, limping behind his oxen and waiting for his brother to return from the west. Until the day a woman in danger arrives on his farm.

When more tribes join Pontiac in an all-out war, Maggie and Baptiste take refuge at Fort Detroit. He’s distrusted for being French. She’s scorned for being raised by the Hurons. Together they forge a fragile bond—until Maggie's past threatens their chance at happiness.

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