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- ISBN: 9781501187155
- ISBN: 1501187155
- ISBN: 9781501187162
- ISBN: 1501187163
- Physical Description: 455 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 
Illustration on endpapers.
"Atria fiction original hardcover"--Title page verso.
Includes author's note on pages 451-454.
Midsummer's Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches to every corner of the kingdom, even the remote Tidelands - the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in a suspicious country, Alinor's ambition and determination marks her out from her neighbors. But this is the time of witch-mania, when it is dangerous for a woman to be different....
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From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Perennially popular Gregory, renowned for her Plantagenet and Tudor novels, turns her attention away from the royals to weave a tale of an ordinary woman caught up in a web of extraordinary circumstances. The seventeenth-century English Civil War provides the tumultuous political backdrop for a tale steeped in history, superstition, and societal norms and restrictions. On a mission to free herself from an absent and abusive husband during an era when most women held little or no power, Alinor, a gifted herbalist, meets and subsequently guides a fugitive across the treacherous marshes of her native Tidelands, a decision that has very serious and long-lasting consequences. As Alinor begins to prosper, she arouses the suspicions of her neighbors, is accused of witchery, and must rely on her own wits and judgement in order to protect her family and provide for their future. A welcome topical pivot from gifted Gregory, the first entry in her promising Fairmile Series sets the stage for a multigenerational, multivolume saga about the rise of a family from rags to riches.--Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2019 Booklist
Publishers Weekly Review
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Gregory (The Splendor Before the Dark) deviates from her usual focus on historical figures to shine a light on the plight of common women in 1640s England in the dynamic first book of her new Fairmile series. Alinor, a midwife with knowledge of herbal remedies, is in difficult circumstances. Her fisherman husband has been gone for months, and she must care for herself and her two growing children during a precarious time in England's history. King Charles, forced off his throne by Parliament, has been banished to the Isle of Wight following his defeat in civil war. It's also a period when a strong woman on her own, like the beautiful Alinor who has skills that others can't understand, can easily be accused of being a witch; the author cleverly plants such seeds of suspicion throughout. At the open, Alinor meets a handsome, young Catholic priest, a royals champion with the means to help the king escape. She helps the priest find a haven, and their ensuing romance has devastating consequences for both. Against the backdrop of political turmoil, Gregory's narrative displays the harrowing mores of the time, showcasing the vulnerability of women who speak their mind and introducing a family struggling out of poverty who will provide plenty of grist for the mill of a continuing saga. History buffs and Gregory's fans alike will be anticipating the next installment. (Aug.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
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Gregory, author of a number of highly acclaimed historicals, such as her series on the Plantagenets and Tudors (The Last Tudor), begins a new series with a gripping novel set during just a few months of the English Civil War. With her usual meticulous attention to detail, the author easily elicits the chaos and dangers of the mid-17th century. Unlike her other historical novels, this one focuses on a small, overlooked village at the very edge of England. It explores the unexpected ways in which chance encounters can alter the course of one's life. This series, as with John Galsworthy's "Forsyte Saga," follows the fortunes of one family. Alinor, a midwife and herbalist, deserted by her husband, lives mainly for her children. One night, she takes in a stranger who is loyal to the exiled King Charles I, changing her life and the lives of her children irrevocably. VERDICT This book will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series. Fans of Gregory's works and of historicals in general will delight in this page-turning tale. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]--Pamela O'Sullivan, Coll. at Brockport Lib., SUNY