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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,090 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Celia Rees Narrator: Jennifer Ehle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is 1659 and Mary Newbury, theyoung granddaughter of a witch, sees her wise and beloved grandmother tortured and hanged as a servant of the Devil. Then a stranger with hauntingly familiar eyes approaches her with an opportunity–safe passage to America. But the difficult ocean voyage only leads her to a community of inflexible, fearful grownups who try to decide for her who and what she will be. Mary must disguise herself as a pious Puritan girl, hiding her true nature, or else face terrible danger once again.

Now that the pages of Mary’s journal have come to light, discovered in their centuries-old hiding place between the patches of a quilt, listeners can experience what it was like living in a society where differences were feared and defiance was deadly.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alex | 2/6/2014

    " This novel provided an interesting glimpse into the harsher aspects of Puritan life. I found myself sympathizing with the protagonist, Mary, right from the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/25/2014

    " 2nd time i have read it and its still as good as the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tia | 1/23/2014

    " Very quick read. Recommended for those who like historical fiction. I found this book very easy to read and although it is aimed for teens it did have some adult themes. Interesting and different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth Bonini | 1/21/2014

    " This is a particularly compelling example of historical fiction. So compelling, in fact,that I think my students may well ask, "Is this real?" I have to continually explain that good fiction SHOULD convince you that "it" (the characters, the emotions, the storyline) is "real," but sometimes they find that concept confusing. Well, author Celia Rees does a terrific job of making you feel like a historian/anthropologist who has just discovered an amazing find: the diary of a young colonial girl which has been stitched into a quilt. Mary Newbury's story begins in Cromwellian England, and the action begins in the first chapter when Mary's grandmother is hanged for practising witchcraft. Mary is whisked away by a mysterious woman, and then given into the care of some Puritans who are sailing for the New World. Mary's grandmother has been a herbalist and healer, and Mary has learned -- and has need to practise -- some of these healing skills. Before long, though, whispers that she is a witch begin to undermine her tentative place in this new community. Full of wonderful details, beautifully written, and possessing an interesting, consistent narrative voice, this is a story that should appeal to most female readers. Although Rees writes for young adults, this book has the sophistication to appeal to adult readers as well. "

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