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Debbie M. (sm) - ,
Subject: need recommendations re early American Women
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 11:37 AM ET
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 Hello!  My first time on these boards (usually just hit the book bazaar).  I posted this under History but reading some of your threads, I thought I might do better here.  Thanks for any help~

 

I read mostly historical fiction and Great Britain history. It's been a real learning experience to read what horrors the women had to go through back-in-the day to get a divorce! Her husband could just have her commited if she made noises for a divorce~

So I'm really curious if there are any good books out there - historical fiction or otherwise, that tells more of what the early American women went through once they arrived and grew up in America - did they follow English laws? Was it any easier?

I'd be grateful for any suggestions - to me it is amazing what women have endured over so many years. Thanks!

debbie

 

 

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 11:50 AM ET
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Ahh - Debbie - I'm quite sure you will find that you have indeed come to the right forum for this. I'll just tell you now to get prepared! Also, welcome to our group - I hope you stick around & get to know us & allow us the opportunity to get to know you!

Reading your post, the first book that immediately came to mind was The Winthop Woman by Anya Seton. This wonderful, wonderful book is based on the real-life Puritan woman Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop.

Also, the Beverly Swerling books - beginning with City of Dreams.

Moving to the Revolutionary War era - Celia Garth, Gwen Bristow gets high marks; as do Christine Blevins two books: The Tory Widow and The Turning of Anne Merrick.

Another Christine Blevins that I loved is Midwife of the Blue Ridge.

I'll let someone else talk about the books by Sally Gunning - I've only read one and had some issues with it; but others have really, really enjoyed her books, beginning with The Widow's War.

Kelly

 



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Debbie M. (sm) - ,
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 2:02 PM ET
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Thank you so much Kelly for all your great help!  That was quick.  I'm looking each of these books up right after I send this.

Historical romance is my life...hubby is always killing Zombies on his computers so I get to read historical romance.  I am glad I came here to look for information!

Thank you again so much,

debbie

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 3:05 PM ET
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Welcome Debbie!  There were a lot of good suggestions in this recent thread as well:

Colonial Romance Fiction
 

 

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 3:37 PM ET
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I second the Winthrop Woman. I have a few more, but I'm really working at work today. Check back in later. Gunning didn't exactly excite me either, but I'm in the minority.

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 3:45 PM ET
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I am currrently reading My Name is Mary Sutter - I am enjoying it so far.  I have also read and recommend - Witch Child by Celia Rees, Sorceress, also by Celia Rees, a continuation of Witch Child,  the Midwife of Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins and A Break with Charity by Ann Rinaldi,

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 4:59 PM ET
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WIntrop Women is one of my all time favorite

I picked this book up a few months ago but have not read it yet

 
Another good one is Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser
Debbie M. (sm) - ,
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 5:27 PM ET
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Thank you ladies so much!  I have a long list going but I am sooo interested in 'The Winthrop Woman" that looks wonderful.

I was up to 3100 books...took 28 boxes of books to the Goodwill (couldn't donate them to Library as I was afraid I would just buy them again) and I still have about 2000 books.  I have lots of Mary Balogh, Sabrina Jeffries, Nicole Jordan, Hannah Howell, etc., that I am going to want to let go. I decided I must keep only the "knight" stories (as I call the historical romances/history novels of England, Scotland, etc).    I have a good supply of Western, Native American books and now it looks like this new list I was able to get from all of you could be more danger for me!

Thank you all again so much.  I kept trying to figure out, last night, how I would find this information....you ladies are awesome.

debbie

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 7:43 PM ET
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I loved The Winthrop Woman.  Gwen Bristow has written some that are very good - Celia Garth, Jubliee Trail, Calico Palace. Also, Sara Donati has a whole series.

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 7:45 PM ET
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There are some on this list I haven't read yet.

To Have and to Hold by Mary Johnston. Best seller of 1900 (think that's the year). Can be found in libraries and on digital formats. Roanoke colony.

Embrace the Day by Susan Wiggs. Just finished. More of a 3.5 star read for me, but it is more historical and not romancy as the cover(s) would indicate. Late 1770s to early 1800s. Virginia and then Kentucky.

Inglis Fletcher's Carolina Chronicles. I've only read book #1, and not from a woman's POV despite the covers. Series info here.

From Distant Shores Bruce Nicholasson. Early New York, male POV though.

Deep Water by Pamela Jekel. Pretty good, several generations through end of Civil War, all MCs female.

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom. Early colonial, female MC kidnapped by Indians and made it home (one hell of a walk!!).

Here's an older list I put together on Amazon that might have some fun finds. If California is your thing, I highly recommend The Proud Breed by Celeste deBlasis and Calico Palace by Gwen Bristow.

Debbie M. (sm) - ,
Date Posted: 8/7/2012 2:40 PM ET
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Hi Donna, I read Jubilee Trail & Calico Palace last year and really enjoyed them both - especially the latter book.

With everyone recommending The Winthrop Woman so much I went on half.com this morning and ordered this book and her book "Katherine" since that is more English history.  I'm anxious to start the book - Winthrop Woman has a big wishlist on this site and I get anxious to read good books that are recommended!

thanks

debbie

 

Also, I found the book "Into the Wilderness" by Sara Donati - it seems to be a huge series.  Has anyone read at least this first book and can recommend it?  I did just order "Midwife of Blue Ridge" from a member here....



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Date Posted: 8/7/2012 3:36 PM ET
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Debbie,  the Into the Wilderness series is great; I loved all of them, so did my daughter and granddaughter.  Highly recommended

 

Linda

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Date Posted: 8/8/2012 12:22 PM ET
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Debbie,

I have read the first two books in the Into Wilderness Series and enjoyed both of the quite a bit.

 

alice

 

Debbie M. (sm) - ,
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 1:33 PM ET
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Thanks so much for the feedback regarding the Wilderness Series - I'm on the wishlist here - 22 wishers wanting this great book!  I'll probably order it from half.com when I get the other two read I ordered from there.  I get so impatient with my darn books!