The Burning Bride by Margaret Lawrence

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It is a chilly Autumn in Rufford, Maine, but violent passions and tempers inflamed in the wake of America's war for independence are still burning white hot. Preparing for her upcoming marriage--pregnant with the child of Daniel Josselyn--Hannah Trevor's happiness is overshadowed by news that the cousin Jonathan is missing and feared dead. One of a band of Regulators--farmers turned militant rebels in protest of crippling taxation--Jonathan is presumed to have fled into the Outward, the vast forests that border on Rufford. Then, with tensions in town reaching an explosive level, a body is discovered at the edge of the same wilderness. Meanwhile, it is Muster Day in Rufford, when the militia is massed to drill in anticipation of new conflicts that may threaten the newborn country. At their head is Major Josselyn, torn in two by his responsibilities to maintain order and his sympathy for the men at whose side he fought in the war of Revolution--many of whom have already been consigned to the brutal debtor's prison. When a second murder rocks the town of Rufford on the eve of his marriage to Hannah, Daniel is arrested. Once again, Hannah will be forced to piece together a patchwork of suspects and motivations--as she pieces together the quilt for her marriage bed--is she is to clear Daniel's name. In the end, clinging desperately to her hope for a peaceful life with Daniel, her daughter Jennet, and her unborn child, she'll find herself confronted with the prospect of the ultimate sacrifice. In her most passionate, suspenseful and moving novel to date, Margaret Lawrence brilliantly evokes a forgotten world and one astonishingly memorable woman.
 

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Margaret Laurence was born in Neepawa, Manitoba, in 1926. Upon graduation from Winnipeg's United College in 1947, she took a job as a reporter for the "Winnipeg Citizen," From 1950 until 1957 Laurence lived in Africa, the first two years in Somalia, the next five in Ghana, where her husband, a civil engineer, was working. She translated Somali poetry and prose during this time, and began her career as a fiction writer with stories set in Africa. When Laurence returned to Canada in 1957, she settled in Vancouver, where she devoted herself to fiction with a Ghanaian setting: in her first novel, "This Side Jordan," and in her first collection of short fiction, "The Tomorrow-Tamer," Her two years in Somalia were the subject of her memoir, "The Prophet's Camel Bell," Separating from her husband in 1962, Laurence moved to England, which became her home for a decade, the time she devoted to the creation of five books about the fictional town of Manawaka, patterned after her birthplace, and its people: "The Stone Angel," "A Jest of God," "The Fire-Dwellers," "A Bird in the House," and "The Diviners," Laurence settled in Lakefield, Ontario, in 1974. She complemented her fiction with essays, book reviews, and four children's books. Her many honours include two Governor General's Awards for Fiction and more than a dozen honorary degrees. Margaret Laurence died in Lakefield, Ontario, in 1987. "From the Paperback edition.
 
Published November 1, 1998 by William Morrow. 400 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Third in a series set in 18th-century Maine (Blood Red Roses, 1997, etc.) and featuring spunky midwife Hannah Trevor, mother of eight-year-old deaf-mute Jennet.

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Pregnant women and jealous men populate the landscape of Lawrence's third heavily atmospheric Revolutionary War story (after Blood Red Roses and Hearts and Bones) featuring Maine midwife Hannah Trevor, who once again contends with authority, both individual and institutional, to save her own life...

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