Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit.
With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen. Her story lives on - extraordinary testimony to the indomitable strength of one pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her own people.
©1981 James A. Thom (P)2010 Tantor
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
Mary Ingles and her two sons are kidnapped by indians and taken 1000 miles away into rugged and unchartered territory. Along the way she endures giving birth in a trail, starvation, brutality and finally making a choice that no mother wishes to make.. ( I wont spoil it)
She leaves the indian tribe and treks 1000miles back to her husband Will. The story is about human endurane - nothing spared, all her hardship narrated and her tenacity to reach home and her husband.
A realistic, well researched book that is gripping and made me take sharp intakes of breath as she trekked across 1000 miles of unchartered territory.
Its about faith, love, forgiveness and how we can survive - no matter what.
The characters were engaging and the story developed very quickly. I found myself horrified at Mary Ingalls' ordeal and wanted desperately for her to survive with her children. The first half of the story was filled with awful circumstances, but the strength of Mary's will was inspiring. But, somewhere deep in the second half of the book, it became excruciatingly boring. Too much detail about the trek back to her home left me wondering if I could even finish it. I found myself forwarding through entire sections to find the storyline.
The entire book was an amazing tale of the human spirit.
This was my first with him as narrator, but I really enjoyed his performance and will look for others by him.
It renewed a sense of pride in our forefathers and pilgrims here in America. Their strengths were tested on a daily basis and their sacrifice was very great.
I thought that the story seemed a bit far-fetched at first, until I read that it was based on a true story! That is almost impossible to believe, but apparently this woman did survive this trek across the wilderness. Can be a little hard to read at times (i.e. the descriptions of the hardships she faced), but it is an amazing story of this woman's fortitude and sense of direction! :-)
This book is amazing because it is a true story, but it was a bit drawn out and boring at times. I found myself wishing the author would get on with it. It was alright. I didn't love it, but I had to finish listening to see how it ended. The human spirit is amazing. The narrator was excellent.
It gave me a glimpse at the lives of the pioneers of this nation.
It was an excellent story - kept me rivoted for hours.
When Mary made it across the mountain, naked, starving, and near death and was nearly shot by the farmer and his sons.
I cried with Mary when she gave up her baby and again when she made it across the mountain.
An excellent read - I would suggest it highly.
I like to listen while I exercise, do housework, knit, etc., so I usually prefer a light read for an audiobook.
I have recommended it several times. I first read it many, many years ago, but the based-on-reality story is still compelling and inspiring.
The heroine being able to survive the winter in West Virginia with very little food and virtually no cover.
Perhaps, but just different when listening. You can picture it easier.
the author's descriptions, even though some were gruesome, it made it true to life.
Mary, of course and Ghetl.
The last chapter.
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