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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: 9 ounces|
Series: Chosen Daughters
Stock No: WW380615
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
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