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Subject: Good fiction set in Colonial America?
Date Posted: 8/1/2007 3:20 PM ET
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Anyone have any recommendations for fictional novels set in colonial times? I love that period in history.

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Date Posted: 8/1/2007 5:45 PM ET
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I have totally been enjoying Sarah Donati's "Into The Widerness" series.  I think it takes place in the late 1700s early 1800s, after the colonial period, but still, GREAT series!  I've laughed and cried over parts! 

Into The Wilderness

Dawn On A Distant Shore

Lake In The Clouds

Fire Along The Sky

Queen Of Swords


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Date Posted: 8/1/2007 9:27 PM ET
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Susannah Morrow by Meghan Chance, set in 1692 Salem.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling

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Date Posted: 8/1/2007 11:13 PM ET
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My favorites are by John Jakes. I love his books. I read the first one in the North and South trilogy. Then the other two, I just couldn't stop. I ended up reading everything he had written before touching anything else. The Kent family chronicals are great too.

just finished- Gap Creek and The Blue Valleys by Robert Morgan

now reading- This Rock by Robert Morgan

next - you guessed it more Robert Morgan starting with The Truest Pleasure

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:46 AM ET
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James Alexander Thom writes books in this era. I love this author!

From Sea to Shining Sea (about the Clark family of Virginia and the Lewis and Clark expedition)

Long Knife (the story of George Rogers Clark)

Panther in the Sky (the life of Tecumseh)

Follow the River (the true story of Mary Ingalls who was kidnapped by Indians and her journey to make it back home)

You can see all the books at his website http://jamesalexanderthom.com


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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 11:30 AM ET
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The Widow's War by Sally Gunning.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 11:42 AM ET
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I recommend the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  It doesn't start out in Colonial America, but it makes it's way there.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:42 PM ET
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They are somewhat gruesome, but Margaret Lawrence wrote three mysteries featuring Hannah Trevor, a midwife ca. 1786.  They are:

Hearts and Bones

Blood Red Roses

The Burning Bride

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Date Posted: 8/3/2007 11:29 AM ET
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Thanks for all your great suggestions! I've already most of these on my reminder list. :)

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Date Posted: 8/3/2007 5:00 PM ET
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I'd also like to recommend The Vanishing Point.  I loved it (as did many other PBS readers).   Here's a link to the PBS reviews and the Amazon reviews:   The Vanishing Point - PBS & The Vanishing Point - Amazon

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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 12:00 PM ET
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I agree with Lyn's post above. I wasn't really interested in that period but a friend gave me her copy of the first book in John Jakes "The Bastard" series and I loved it. I got to the point where I was telling her to hurry up and read so she could pass the series on to me ;-)

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Date Posted: 8/21/2007 10:31 AM ET
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In the 1930s and 1940s, Kenneth Roberts wrote best-selling novels about colonial times. He is best known for for Northwest Passage (1937)  and Rabble In Arms (1933). Lydia Bailey is about is about the rebellion in Haiti in the early 19th c.

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Date Posted: 8/24/2007 8:20 AM ET
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Kenneth Roberts. Great American author who specialized in early Colonial period novels.


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