The Winthrop Woman

By Anya Seton,

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From the bestselling author of Katherine, this is the richly detailed story of Elizabeth Winthrop and her struggle against hardship and adversity in the new American colonies of the 17th Century. 'A rich and panoramic narrative full of gusto, sentimentality and compassion' (Times Literary Supplement)

In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly…

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Anya Seton is my kind of historical fiction writer. She follows history throughout the story. Unlike, many historical fiction writers who dress characters in period clothes but magically make them think like modern liberals, her characters are true to their times. This well-researched book is written with integrity, style, and skill proving that history can be more of a page turner than fiction.

From Karen's list on 17th century America.

One of the best historical novels about a woman in seventeenth-century New England, this “oldie but goodie”—published in 1958--is based accurately on well-documented events in the nearly incredible life of the daughter-in-law of John Winthrop, the longtime governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony. Elizabeth Fones married Winthrop’s ne’er do well son Harry, but was widowed while still pregnant with their child before she emigrated to North America. There, she married Robert Feake, befriended Anne Hutchinson, moved to the New Haven colony and then to New Netherland, and took a lover, William Hallet (her eventual third husband) after Feake went insane.…

From Mary's list on women in early America.

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