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|Title: Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson|
By: Hope Irvin Marston
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
|Weight: 10 ounces|
Series: Chosen Daughters
Stock No: WW380615
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The book is laid out in a clear, chronological format, although it is slowly paced as it goes through the difficulties of Margarets teenage life. A whos who in the story table is helpful in sorting out the characters one encounters. Margarets relationship with Christ is strongly portrayed, as is her closeness to her family. The interaction between Margaret and her sweetheart is weakly done, however. The pace of the book quickens as it nears the end, with Margarets capture, trial, and threatened execution.
King Charles II proclaims that he is the head of the church, and that it is illegal to believe that Jesus is the Head. Those who believe so are called Covenanters and are marked for persecution. Margaret tries to decide what is right-- following the king of England or following the King of her heart. She eventually decides to go live with the hill folk, who are other Covenanters who refuse to do as King Charles orders. She and her siblings who go with her get caught, and her family is punished. Her siblings are set free, but Margaret is sentenced to execution for treason.
Margaret is a girl who wants to do whats right and is willing to stand up for what she believes in. Margaret doesnt seem to change or grow as the book progresses; her faith is just as strong in the end of the book as it was in the beginning. The difficulties her family and the other Scots face just get worse. The other characters in the book are flatly drawn, and there is little differentiation between Margarets brothers and their friends.
Against the Tide would be best suited for teenaged girls who like historical fiction. It was a story with a strong heroine, but less than strong storytelling. -- Jessica Becker, Christian Book Previews.com
IAgainst the Tide is an excellent novel based on the real experiences of Margaret Wilson, a young woman who was willing to suffer death for her faith in seventeenth century Scotland. It was a time when Covenanters faced death, torture or banishment for disagreeing with King Charles II, and thousands of Scots suffered martyrdom at this time for their adherence to Jesus Christ as head of the church. Set in south-west Scotland against such a backdrop, this book is true to the times. The story builds up to a dramatic conclusion, one that grasps the readers attention at the same time as the dragoons close in on the heroine.
Set in its true historical context Hope Marston deals masterfully with the anguish and heart searching of a devout young woman, torn first by loyalty to parents, family, friends and a lawful king; love for her sweetheart, then the very personal questionwho was King of her conscience ? She found her truth in King Jesus, for whom she freely gave her life in the waters of the Solway Firth.
The difficult age of the Scottish Covenanters comes startlingly to life in Against the Tide. Hope Marston has captured all the drama and adventure, tension and intrigue, courage and romance, faith and endurance of those Killing Times when both the integrity of the Gospel and the prospects of freedom were very much at stake. She has spun for us a noble and memorable yarn."