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I liked this immensely, and it seemed distinctly fresh and different from the average pre-revolutionary pioneer New England story. Cannon has two other books to his credit, both mid-19th century (A Mighty Fortress and The Kents). This -- in subject and handling has the best chance of the three for expanding his market. It is a full bodied story of two young people, tied down to unhappy circumstances in the town of their births, who find courage through their love to break the bonds, and to set out in the face of risky weather, privation, and questionable health (the girl is pregnant) to found a home in virtual unchartered wilderness of the newly opened part of New Hampshire. The thing that distinguishes this from the average story of pioneering is the sharp delineation of the characters -- here are no stereotyped two dimensional characters but flesh and blood personalities. ""The mountain"" is Chocorua -- beloved of Whit, feared by . There's a strange Limeliness in the situation in which Whit finds himself as he hears vague rumors of battling near Boston -- feels it concerns him not an atom and then, when the seemingly impregnable Ticonderoga falls and he learns that the Indians have been ist loose on the whites, suddenly it becomes his war, and the fight for freedom his battle. A good story, well told, and an excellent addition to the list of historical fiction which seems to meet the ""escape"" needs of many readers.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1942
Publisher: Holt