Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent Review

Category: Fiction
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780316068628
Pages: 320

About the Book:
In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. Thomas Carrier labors for the family and is known both for his immense strength and size and mysterious past. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of his part in the English Civil War. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether it be from the assassins sent from London to kill the executioner of Charles I or the wolves-in many forms-who hunt for blood. A love story and a tale of courage, The Wolves of Andover confirms Kathleen Kent's ability to craft powerful stories of family from colonial history.

About the Author:
Kathleen Kent lives in Dallas with her husband and son. The Heretic's Daughter is her first novel.
Most of the books that have influenced and touched me the most are historical fiction.  When I was a child I read a lot of Dickens, Poe and H.H. Monroe.   Some of my favorites from the past are The Quincunx, by Charles Palliser, Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears, The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve, and The Source by James Mitchener.  I also read everything by Annie Dillard, Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry.  Currently I'm re-reading a book called The Long Home by William Gay who is, to me, one of the best writers in American fiction today.

My Review
This book was wonderful for me to read...I mean it was right up my alley! I've been doing family genealogy and many of my relatives were the original settlers in this country. My family started a few towns in MA and in NJ. The funny thing is that I can relate to Kathleen Kent because one of my family members was accused  of being a witch and moved up to Canada. He wasn't obviously a witch, however, he refused to try a case against one of the "witches" and ended up being accused because of it!
Anyways, back to the review. This was very interesting and DARK in a good way. There are some pretty harsh parts in the book, but it was some pretty harsh times that they were living in. I love how the author reverts to London as well, I feel that it keeps the story relevant.  This historical fiction book is packed with plenty of drama, love, and just enough violence to make it a 4 star read!
I seriously recommend that you gals and guys read this, especially if you like reading historical based books. 
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions and ideas expressed are my own and 100% honest.


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