The Virgin of Small Plains

The Virgin of Small Plains

Book - 2006
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January 1987, Small Plains, Kansas. On the night of the decade's worst blizzard, a boy discovers the naked corpse of a beautiful girl. No-one can identify her, so the people of the town bury her with a gravestone marked with the date and 'Peace Be Unto You'. Seventeen years later, the mysterious dead girl - the 'Virgin of Small Plains' - has inspired a local myth. In the two decades since her death, strange miracles have visited those who faithfully tend her grave; some believe her spirit can cure deadly illnesses, while others credit her with the town's economic prosperity. Word of the legend spreads and Small Plains becomes a haven for an onslaught of spiritual seekers and the terminally ill, all hoping the Virgin will answer their prayers. When the mysterious Mitch Newquist reappears and a vengeful tornado devastates Small Plains, the truth begins to emerge.. What really happened seventeen years ago Why did Mitch suddenly disappear the same night the Virgin's body was found - abandoning his first love, Abby Reynolds And why are some of the town's leading citizens so determined that the truth remain buried
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780340922057
Branch Call Number: FIC PICK
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 24 cm.


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Mar 23, 2012

Great story taking place in rural Kansas. The death of an unidentified woman in 1987 remains a mystery in 2004. Several pillars of the community know more than they are saying. Meanwhile the grave of the "virgin" has become a focus of pilgrims looking for miracles. I have not read any of Pickard's mystery series but her stand-alones (this one and the Scent of Rain and Lightning) have been absolutely fantastic.

Jun 03, 2011

Nancy Pickard is a Master story teller. I am hooked. I was instantly transported into the story of Abby & Mitch. She honored the unique beauty of our plains state in a timeless way which was wonderful and enriched the story. I will in the future be a loyal fan eagerly awaiting your next novel.

May 17, 2011

June 2011 bookclub read

May 06, 2010

Mystery of a seeming unnamed girl's death during a blizzard in the Flint Hills of Kansas has repercussions in the lives of three families torn apart by the tragedy, yet seemingly loyal to one another. Action shifts from 1987 when principal characters are in high school to 2004 when they are in careers of their own.

Well done and great sense of place for me who grew up in that part of Kansas.

hermlou Mar 09, 2010

A young woman is found dead in a blizzard, and a young man is sent away to school by his parents. The young woman is not identified and is buried in a grave which people visit for healing. The reader gets to know the townspeople and the victim, and everyone appears guilty at times. Who murdered her and why? It's a classic mystery in a Kansas setting.

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