Follow the River

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Ballantine Books, 1981 - Frontier and pioneer life - 399 pages
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Mary Ingles was twenty-three, married, and pregnant, when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women, then took her captive. For months, she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand mile trail to freedom--an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people.

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This book was more educational than entertaining. - Goodreads
Some situations are difficult to read. - Goodreads
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This book was a page turner, but incredibly intense. - Goodreads
Some parts are hard to read, but worth it to me. - Goodreads
An early book club selection that I loved! - Goodreads

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What a remarkable story of courage and true grit. Read full review

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User Review  - Kara Ripley - Goodreads

Very violent. Parts of it I could barely read. I wouldn't have finished it, except I was reading it for a book club. Once I got about half way, I was involved and wanted to know how things panned out. So not entirely bad. Just also, not good. Read full review


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James Alexander Thom was formerly a U.S. Marine, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Journalism School. He is the acclaimed author of "Follow the River"; "Long Knife"; "From Sea to Shining Sea"; "Panther in the Sky," for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel; "The Children of First Man"; "The Red Heart"; and "Sign-Talker," He lives in the Indiana hill country near Bloomington with his wife, Dark Rain, of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band. Dark Rain is a member of the National Council, which is planning the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration.

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