The Hearth and Eagle Author:Anya Seton This is the story of a town, of a home, of a girl. It is the story of Marblehead from its earliest settlement to the present, of a family who settled and stayed there, and of a girl whose dramatic life contained the history of both. — Hesper Honeywood was born to the sound of the sea, to the voices of seafaring men in the taproom of the Inn. The ... more »Hearth and Eagle had been built by the first Honeywood settler for his bride nad had been both home and livelihood for all the succeeding generations of Honeywoods.
As a young girl Hesper had waked in the little upstairs room to the raptures of first love. As an old woman Hesper still heard the same sea-sounds on waking, but many things had happened to the Inn and to Marblehead, just as many things had happened to Hesper, the quiet New Englander whose serenity had been so dearly won.
In one woman's lifetime Marbleheaders had lost the traditional living they wrested from the sea. They had unwillingly entered the new shoe factory, despised by a salt-water people who must nevertheless depend on its scant wages. And they had seen the factory itself snowed under by the larger factories in the encroaching towns until again they eked a living from the sea, this time teaching the craft of the sea to the "foreigners" who summered on the Neck.
In her most ambitious novel to date, Anya Seton has created her most memorable heroine. The scope of the novel is the whole of New England history, but its theme is the simple security of the enduring hearth.« less