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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Joanne Ellis

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a a story about Sarah, which follows her abduction by Mohawk Indians, and her 5 day trek to Lachine, Quebec and is a truly well written and detailed historical book.
Sarah was captured with her two of her younger brothers who were then adopted by the Mohawk families, which they then remained with them.
She learnt their language and even fell in love with her captor, before being sold to a wealthy French family.
Sarah then lived with the nuns of Lachine, and then she then became a healer for the Mohawks and other locals and travellers.

The story is told through her eyes and is you see her deepest, darkest emotions. The book is extremely captivating, you see all the obstacles that she had to overcome, the heartbreak, drama, adventures and travels that she went on. It had me gripped from the beginning, and it was a wonderful journey to go on. Would thoroughly recommend.

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Sunday Barnaby

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Abduction Of Sarah Tarbell by Stuart Ledwith
Five Stars

The Abduction Of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers is the first book I have read by Stuart Ledwith. This book is a truly unusual genre. We learn how a young girl survives in the 1700’s including being abducted by Indians. The author is channeling Sarah. The descriptions are a amazing and seem true to the time period. I really enjoyed this unique story and look forward to reading more books by Mr Ledwith. I’m interested to see if they fall within this genre.

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a beautifully laid out historical novel based around the life of 14 year old Sarah Tarbell and the trials she went through during it.

We start with a description of Sarah, her life, her home and her community. She is happy until one day when she is abducted with two of her brothers by a Mohawk raiding party.

It is this abduction which causes Sarah to question her life, beliefs and ties to others, as her world changes direction completely. As she is treated differently to her brothers, she realises how out of her depth she is and wonders why she is treated this way. She has to grow up quickly and create a place for herself in her new environment, but because of the changes within this environment, she has to adapt quickly. This leads onto the formation of relationships, a new routine and way of life, however, just as she is starting to form these, she is moved on again and the new trauma of this is just as bad, if not worse than the last in her eyes, but she doesn’t go without showing her maturity and her strength.

When she meets her final place, she has to again learn a new environment and routine, as well as adapt and accept the change again. She is helped this time by a familiar face and becomes someone of whom she can be proud of with the choices she makes. These choices lead her to a fulfillment of which she would never have believed possible or dreamed of in her original hometown.

It is an emotionally complex story of a young girl thrown into an adult world, without a clue what she should do. It is her journey of adaptation and acceptance without prejudice, of love, loss, friendship and rejection.

A book you will not be able to put down as you are drawn into learning about life and traditions in another time and place.

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Piper Foster

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first book by Stuart and its been a wonderful read. This book pulled me in from the start. Abduction, survival, determination and instances. This book shook me to the core as I felt like i could are through Sarah’s eyes. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Jonell Collins

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith , was a delightful little piece of historical fiction. It seems like the narrative was a little stilted but that could be because, as the author said in the beginning, it was a repeated narrative. I enjoyed the story. Sarah Tarbell’s struggles were a great example of how not only to survive but to thrive.

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Tausha Treadway

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith. This is the best book. I loved the story and I loved Sarah Tarbell. She is a 14 year old young girl who is growing up in a Puritan household in Massachusetts in the 1700s. She and her 2 brothers are kidnapped by Mohawk Indians where her brothers are adopted and raised with the families but Sarah is sold to a French family. Sarah later became a healer for the Mohawkan Tribe and many others including trappers, fishermen and soldiers. She fell in love with her captor and until the day he died she loved him even though he sold her to the French. Once he died she professed her faith and became a nun. Her story is told thru her eyes, the ups and downs of being abducted, of falling in love, of losing her family and of her faith. Its a deeply moving story that taught me things I never knew. I highly recommend reading the book!

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Anantha Rusum

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a completely different book than anything I have ever read. It is intense, heart breaking and at times difficult to grasp. It is written in the form of a person’s soul communicating her story to the author. The story takes place in 1700s where Sarah, along with her brothers, were kidnapped by the Mohawk Indians when they were children. Sarah, is adopted by a Mohawkan family, and later sold to a French family. She ironically falls in love with her own captor. Later, she converts into a nun and becomes a healer to the same Mohawkan families. This entire book was foreign to me, it took me a while to understand it. Perhaps people who knew this history before can do more justice to the book. It had a complex emotional story and the narration was also quite different. Overall, it was a good read.

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by TaKeisha McCroskey

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was interesting. I generally don’t do as well with historical contexts, but it was interesting to read this story. The abduction scene was a bit intense and the book overall reminded me of a documentary. I am still a little confused as to whether or not this is a true story. However, overall the book had a smooth flow and unlike anything I have read before.

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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Michelle Austin

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith was an emotional 5 star read. I was pulled in right from the beginning and was taken on an emotional rollercoaster (keep kleenex handy). The way this story was told was new to me but I really enjoyed it.

This is Sarah’s story and her horrifying experience of her abduction along with her brothers. She was separated from her brothers and sold. The strengths that this girl showed no matter what she went through was amazing. There is so much more to this story but I don’t want to give anything away.

This is a book that kept me thinking about it even when I was done. If you are looking for a great read then I highly suggest this one for you. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Reviewed by @mab54615
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The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul RemembersThe Abduction of Sarah Tarbell: As Her Soul Remembers by Stuart Ledwith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a well written and extremely detailed historical novel about a young girl, Sarah Tarbell, living in 1707 and it’s the story of her life and abduction by Mohawk Indians. I struggled with how to rate this book as it has a complicated narrative, on one hand I read it as a well researched novel of life for a young girl from a Puritan family living between 1707 to 1710, however, if you look at the title it says, “as her soul remembers”. Now I am fairly open minded and come from a family who’s Grandmother was a member of a Spiritualist Church and I have been to a seance, so the author, Stuart Ledwith saying he has a “gift best described as a sense of ‘knowing’”, is not completely strange to me and the idea of those that have died being able to speak to those left behind is not a new one. However, I am sure that for some readers believing that the book has been written by Stuart via Sarah Tarbell’s soul maybe a little too strange, unrealistic or unbelievable. In the end I rated it as a five star read, but I understand that the novel may not be as popular with some readers. In the Preamble, Stuart, explains that souls like Sarah are able to communicate with him, “by her voice, her feelings”, as well as showing him, “snapshots of a person, place or thing”, Sarah can also show Stuart, “action sequences”, which allow him “to describe and delineate their meaning”.
The book is written in Sarah’s voice, the narrative is of someone looking back on their life and remembering, and what a life to remember. The storyline, recounting Sarah’s life is fast paced and full of drama and adventure. Sarah is abducted at the age of fourteen and then adopted by a Mohawk family following a long and dangerous trek. She learnt their language and even fell in love with her captor before being sold to a wealthy French family. From there she then lived with the nuns of Lachine and eventually became a healer for the Mohawks and other locals and travellers to the area. Following her lovers death she took her vows to become a nun herself. Sarah lived such a varied and in a way exciting life, although also a scary and uncertain one, having to overcome so many obstacles and hardships.
Stuart Ledwith took me on an emotional rollercoaster and I definitely needed a box of tissues handy whilst reading this novel. I was fully immersed in Sarah Tarbell and her story, so much so that once I had started this book I finished it within the day. Stuart says, “She hopes you enjoy the journey” and I definitely did. I recommend this novel and advise that you read it with an open mind.

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