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
This book was written in 1981 and I read it when it first came out. I just listened to the Audio book again. The story still leaves me saying "wow." Mary Ingles, a pre-Revolutionary frontier woman is kidnapped by Shawnee raiders and taken hundreds of miles west to a Shawnee village. She spends about three months there before capturing an opportunity to escape. Thom brings her return ordeal to vivid life as she walks a thousand miles without weapons or provisions to get back home.
I have wanted to read this forever. Any book that is still on bookstore shelves this many years after publication is usually there for a good reason. This one is no exception. It is not an easy book because the suffering these characters went through is beyond my imagination in my comfy house. I am glad her story still lives to remind us of what people went through as they built our country.
It's a bit long but full of actual details and well worth the listen. I think the print version would have done my patience and eyes in. The audible version was just perfect.
Mary Ingles -the actual heroine who survived an amazing 6 week struggle in the wilderness escaping from Indians who had captured her. Recalling the landscape details so she could re-trace her 1000 mile, six week journey home with no food or shelter. Loved the Author's notes about the actual facts of the story and how he re-traced her trail home. Great job by the Author.
Yes, he did a very good job and just the right tempo for my taste.
Follow the River Home would be accurate and good.
Loved the author's dedication to doing the story accurately! He did justice to the Mary Ingles & even Gretel.
I enjoyed it overall but I found it tended to become tedious and it began to wear me down and look forward to some kind of conclusion
I would recommend this to a friend because it's such a well-written story from a true adventure of a strong-willed woman. I had just finished The Revenant, and wanted to read another adventure story that was as good as The Revenant. I was so pleased with my choice, as Follow The River was just as good of a read. It was quite interesting to know how these women survived, on their own in the wilderness on their perilous journey.
I looked forward to the ending of the book because during the whole story, I was hoping to see Mary make it home... but when the ending finally came, I was disappointed that it was over because it was such a wonderful story.
The Revenant. Also a story based on the struggle of being left in the wilderness, fending for himself after a brutal bear attack and deserted by two members of his hunting group. His vengeance gave him his strength. Very well-written. If you've seen the film, the book is SO much better. One of the best books I've ever read.
Mary, of course... although Getel (Gretel) was also written very well.
Yes, but no. It gave me something to look forward to each day. I hated to see the story end.
The narrators comments at the end of the story explained a lot of things, including his sources.
My only complaint is that I felt the book was too long. The story is depressing, yet inspiring. I feel certain that I couldn't have made the decisions that Mary did. She was a very brave, strong woman with great determination. I cannot even imagine enduring half of what she overcame. Or what her family and others went through. This story was heart wrenching, but it was a good read.
I actually read the book 2 times before seeing that it was on Audible. I was fascinated once again by this brave woman's real adventure all over again.
I have listened to some amazing books but this story is the best ever.
Unbroken, The Invention of Wings because of the amazing people and their incredible strength which serve as models to us all.
He took me on the journey with Mary and made me feel as if I were there every moment.
Mary's last obstacle to climb in the snow with no clothing or tools.
I kept researching the story while I was reading it. I must have looked at Mary's trail of escape a dozen times to try and picture where on the map she was. She must have been the bravest most courageous woman or man in history. I don't think anyone could succeed as she did with those insurmountable obstacles.
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