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Against the Tide
My Little Book of Manatees
Against the Tide:
The Valor of
What reviewers are saying
about this book:
Against the Tide: The
Valor of Margaret Wilson
By: Hope Irvin Marston
Published by: P&R Publishing, 2007
Ages: 12 and up
Reviewed by: Stories for Children Magazine editor, VS
Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson is part of the
Chosen Daughters Series for young adult readers. I feel
this is a great crossover book for adults as well. The
story is based on the "Real" Margaret Wilson, who died for her
beliefs and rebellion against King Charles II. If youíre
into historical fiction, then youíll love this book. If
youíve never read a historical fiction, then I highly recommend
this book as your first.
Margaret Wilson is a blooming young lady in Seventeenth-century
Scotland. The English occupy and rule over the Scotsmen.
Itís a time of intolerance to faiths outside English beliefs.
The Covenanters of Scotland find themselves under cruel laws and
demands of King Charles II. Margaretís family is earnest
in their desire to uphold their loyalty to their faith and to
the King, believing itís the only way to keep their home safe
As a young Covenanter, Margaret is torn between her family and
her conscious. How can she willing comply to the Kingís
demands for her absolute obedience if it goes against the
covenants of her faith? Margaret must choose between
defying the authorities, following her fatherís guidance, and
standing alone as a rebel Covenanter. With hopes and
fears, Margaret follows her heart in search of a future with
Hope Irvin Marston did a wonderful job bring the reader into the
story of Margaret Wilson. I felt I was back in
Seventeenth-century Scotland from the very first paragraph.
I wept with Margaret and her family. I shuddered when
loved ones and friends were lost. I smiled and took joy in
the happy moments of Margaretís life and I felt torn between the
decisions she had to make.
At the beginning and end of the book, Marston shares her journey
to learn about Margaret Wilson, whom she spoke with, and what
landmarks still stand today as a reminder of her story.
Many times I knew I lacked the courage this young woman had and
I marveled at the in-depth research Hope Irvin Marston did to
retell Margaretís story.