As the days pass, Maddy's beauty and warmth and her touching stories of life in Scotland seal a friendship between them. But when she is slated for execution, Forrest is faced with a horrifying choice. He can either commit treason and help her escape or obey the law and allow his innocent friend to be executed.
©2003 Elvira Woodruff; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"An absorbing historical adventure with a unique and colorful setting." (Booklist)
"Its message of judging people on their own merits and not on the basis of stereotypes comes across strongly." (School Library Journal)
While this book was geared for young adults, I enjoyed it more than many adult "Historical Fictions". The reader does a great job, and the plot is both interesting and plausible. The historical details help throw a new light on the generations of England/Scotland fueds.
This is not a "Harry Potter" type fantasy. Instead the book relies on actual historical touches(Chamberpots, Chimneysweeps, Ratcatchers, etc.) which I found just as interesting. This could be a great listen for a family car trip, but keep in mind that this story and the Tower of London centered around prisoners and executions. The details aren't gory and glorified, but they are not glossed over either.
The narrator was excellent and that makes all the difference to me concerning an audible book. His voice was just the right pitch and tone. The different voices he used for the characters made us visualize them better.
We loved it for all the reasons I stated above.
Yes, when Ned left with Maddie.
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