WINDSWEPT Author:Mary Ellen Chase In the novel, the founder of the Windswept dynasty and the house that would become the ancestral hall, is Philip Marsten, a partner in a New York marine architectural firm. On a sailing trip down east in 1880, he falls in love with the wild coast east of Schoodic Point and buys vast acreage. With the help of a talented local?the veritable ?noble... more » savage? Maine style and a Bohemian servant the grand house is built. .
The household is peopled with eccentric servants and exotic guests over three generations. Births, deaths and adventure of the sylvan sort fill the days of the family. Twenty years fly by and it is the eve of World War II. The world?s tragedies dwarf the family?s sad times.« less
Philip Marsten - a sailor - buys a majestic plot of land while sailing around Maine in the 1880s. He builds a beautiful house he names Windswept that becomes the ancestral seat of the very prominent Maine family. This is the story of the Marsten family, covering from the 1880s to the beginning of World War II. I enjoyed this story although it was a little longwinded. I generally like books about houses and family relationships. I give it an A+!