Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Waiting On Wednesday, is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and asks the question, "What are books are you anxiously waiting on?"

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Release Date: April 18, 2011

In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.

Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process.

Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.

The title is what first caught my attention and while the summary is somewhat sparse, two things caught my attention. First, the setting, (17th century Scotland) and secondly, the fact that the protagonist is being accused of witch craft. I am interested to see if the book will have enough history in it to qualify it as a historical fiction too. Finally, I have never read a book by Elizabeth Laird and after checking out her website and finding out what a prolific writer she is not to mention a world traveler,  I am excited to check this one out.
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