Based on real lives and actual events during the early years of Maryland's colonization, MARY'S LAND is a richly detailed novel that demonstrates Lucia St. Clair Robson's unique style.

Margaret Brent hopes that leaving England for the New World will bring her Catholic family peace and profit. On the same ship, a kidnapped female pickpocket, Anicah, and a young man, Martin, can only pray their indenture in the fledgling colony will give them a new chance.

Though Margaret had hoped she was far enough away from England not to worry about politics and prejudice, she discovers that the aftermath of Cromwell's rebellion has spawned fanatical Protestant groups bent on ousting the Catholics and unrest follows.

Still, Margaret and Anicah find something beyond their dreams in the beautiful land of America. Each woman not only discovers a renewed inner strength but a grand passion for their new homeland.

MARY'S LAND is historical fiction at its best. Lucia St. Robson breathes life into facts and humanity into history with her unique ability to create extraordinary characters. Historical readers, be sure and add MARY'S LAND to your list of "must reads." (Oct., 460 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin