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Date Posted: 3/28/2010 3:13 PM ET
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So after reading the Wilderness series, I am on a quest.  Please give me your recommendations for your favorites American history novels.

I am particularly interested in the time period 1700 to 1860.  

Thanks in advance

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 3:47 PM ET
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Oh, you don't know what you've started. Some of these might be on the romancy side but whatever floats your boat.

The Winthrop Woman and My Theodosia Anya Seton

Calico Palace, Jubilee Trail, Celia Garth and the Plantation trilogy Gwen Bristow

Celeste de Blasis' Wild Swan Trilogy, as well as The Tiger's Woman (Seattle and San Fran) plus her best The Proud Breed

Paint the Wind Cathy Cash Spellman (note, this one was highly recommended by someone going by the initials EC)

There's a pair by Betty Layman Recevour (sp?) Oh Kentucky! and Kentucky Home.

Haven't read them yet but there's a six book series starting with Sparrowhawk about the rev. war.

Here's an old List I did on Amazon that includes some of them, http://www.amazon.com/Historical-Fiction-North-America/lm/R14RNTY4GHY9SQ/ref=cm_lm_byauthor_title_full

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Date Posted: 3/28/2010 4:15 PM ET
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Another Series I like is Lorraine Snelling. It is Norwegian settlers in North Dakota. I think it is 1880s. Makes you appreciate you are not the first one working the land.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 4:28 PM ET
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I enjoyed the novels by Kenneth Roberts. Northwest Passage became a popular movie. Most of them are revolutionary or post-revolutionary era.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 5:43 PM ET
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Cathy,  I have Swan's Chance, and Now Face To Face,  I also just ordered Oh Kentucky. Celia Garth  is on my wish list and surprisingly there is no copy available in the county library system.  I have to check the city library, I haven't been to the "big" library in years.

Alice, I will looks these up, I should probably read these as the Dakota's are in my region.  I read the synopsis on one book, they spoke or Medora ND. I actually know that part of the country, as I have driven through it every summer for the last 20 years.  But I am more interested  in the original 13 colonies at this point.  But they are now on my reminder list. 

Genie, Thanks I will see what I can find of his, there isn't a lot  of his stuff available on PBS.

Any other suggestions would be welcomed.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 6:07 PM ET
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Letty, does your library participate in ILL? If so you should be able to get the Bristow book as well as the rest of the Swan trilogy.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 6:27 PM ET
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Beverly Swerling has a wonderful series:  City of Dreams, City of Glory and City of God.  Aslo there is a really good trilogy by Conrad Richter:  The Leaves, The Fields and The Town.  There was a mini series based on them called The Awakening Land.



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Date Posted: 3/29/2010 6:41 AM ET
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Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser (about Martha Washington) made my top 5 of 2009 list.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 9:24 AM ET
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I want to second Donna's suggestion; Beverly Swerling! I loved her books, especially the first one. After you read it, you'll be really thankful for your modern doctor office. ;-)

I love American H/F and will check my lists of favorites for you when I get home.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 9:36 AM ET
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I should have KNOWN to stay away from this thread.  My RL is totally out of control, and I'm completely out of credits.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 11:06 AM ET
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I loved Shadowbrook but I didn't go for the City of Dreams one - too much warping into the next century just when I got used to characters. Quite a few non-likeable characters as well. Letty, if you like Oh Kentucky and the sequel is still on the expensive side let me know and I can loan you mine. The MC's get to interact with Aaron Burr and the first GW in that one.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 12:48 PM ET
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  • John Jakes North and South Trilogy: North and South, Love and War,, and Heaven and Hell.   I have all of these in hardback on my keeper shelf.    Then of course, there is his Kent Family Chronicles series, but I haven't read that one yet so can't recommend it. 
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (I listened to the audio version, which was great!)
  • The Vanishing Point by Mary Sharratt.  One of my favorites and also on my keeper shelf.   It was totally un-put-downable for me.
Date Posted: 3/29/2010 3:33 PM ET
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I forgot about the John Jakes series. How could I? I loved it! I'm referring to the Kent Family Chronicles, though, which begins (I think) with the revolutionary war.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 3:45 PM ET
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I'm fairly certain I read some of Jakes' books when I was a young'in but I can't recall much of anything about them. Except for Patrick Swayze in the TV mini on North and South. That's hard to forget

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Date Posted: 3/29/2010 4:38 PM ET
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Was just at Boone Hall Plantation where, North and South as well as Alex Haley's Queen was filmed.  The first time we where there during the filming of Queen back in 92',  I was enchanted by the wisteria arbor and when I touch a spray of flowers and remarked it was silk the tour guide smiled and said it was a prop for the film.   Charleston is an amazing city!