Synopsis from the backcover:
Abigail, a Harvard graduate student, drives from Concord intending to carry out research in Natick. She finds herself, not sixteen miles from home, but three hundred and sixty-six years in the past. Stunned both in body and mind by her strange circumstances, she makes her way to Colonial Concord where the widowed Hannah invites her to stay. Assuming that she is in the seventeenth century only temporarily, Abigail eagerly observes the daily life around her, as if she were on a field trip gathering notes for her history thesis. Soon however, she changes from being the objective observer to accepting the friendship of the ailing Hannah and the love of half-Indian Paul. Aware that her tall, lanky body and outspoken personality are in conflict with the accepted norm for Puritan women, Abigail worries about survival in these dangerous times. Why was she brought back to the very period that she has been studying? Does she have a mission in the seventeenth century? Can she and Paul build a fulfilling life together without running afoul of local prejudice and scheming relatives?
What others say:
Here is an informative and entertaining little jaunt through the events and daily life in a New England village one hundred years before the American Revolution. Told through the adventures of a young woman caught in a strange, looping time warp, the book offers, among other things, more detail on the handiwork of women in those heady times than you could find through any single source. A good read.
John H. Mitchell, author of “Ceremonial Time, Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile.”
What better place for a doctoral student of history to wake up in than the past. Which is exactly where Anne Ipsen’s protagonist, Abigail Walker, finds herself... indeed a historical work. Yet Ipsen’s creation of fictional character allows the history to unfold in a way that grants us our own experience with the 17th Century. Facts on education, politics, religion, and a woman’s place, become the undercurrent for the daily flow that binds the people to the land, their God, their prejudices, and to each other. more…
Rene Schwiesow, “Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene,” January 2011
“At the Concord of the Rivers” is a well-written story. Ms. Ipsen did a nice job building a picture of colonial New England. She has obviously done her research well, and Abigail would have been proud! The characters were well developed…the interesting and endearing characters made it easier to allow the story to move forward. Several topics, such as Indian/English relations and the Salem Witch Trials, were discussed within the background of the story, and history lovers will appreciate the historical accuracy. Ms. Ipsen’s book is an easy, enjoyable read. Curling up next to a fire on a cold or rainy day with “At the Concord of the Rivers” will transport you away from your reality for a few hours. Enjoy the respite from your hectic modern life. more…
Marissa Libbit, “Readers' Views,” January 2011.
... "At the Concord of the Rivers" is a thoughtful piece of historical fiction, highly recommended. more…
Midwest Book Reivew, January 2011.