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This story is very well written and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I'm not sure if you can order it anywhere but through the Jamestown website, but they ship quickly. Jul 19, SherrieB rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I have read in a long time. The author bases this historically accurate novel on her own ggg however many grandmother who left England to settle in Jamestown in the early days of its' founding. A book that will grab you from the beginning and leave you wanting more at the end. Jul 18, Heather rated it it was amazing. The author describes the conditions and feelings of the women, particularly those women who thought their husbands were lost on the Sea Venture, extremely well.
I was really invested in the characters and what happened to Joan Pierce crossed the ocean on the Blessing and survived the Starving Time in Jamestown. I was really invested in the characters and what happened to them. I very highly recommend reading this book to anyone about 12 and up interested in the founding of Jamestown. For lovers of history - from the charming costumes and manners to the grim facts of reality - this is a must read.
The story of Joan Pierce and the early colonists at Jamestown is harrowing in the extreme. Starvation, mismanagement and bloody minded arrogance almost saw the end of the British in the New World before they got started. Despite the hardships, hostilities with the native people, and the many privations endured by the colonists, and the unbelievable arrogance and blind stupidity of t For lovers of history - from the charming costumes and manners to the grim facts of reality - this is a must read.
Despite the hardships, hostilities with the native people, and the many privations endured by the colonists, and the unbelievable arrogance and blind stupidity of the many early leaders, somehow the colony survived. And the rest, as they say, is history. I loved the way Connie Lapallo constructed the main characters. While a quick google search will tell you how Joan, Temperance, William, Cecily and little Jane got on, it can not explain why anyone in their right mind would accept such a challenge as setting up a colony in Virginia.
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The Roanoke colony had already failed, the settlers disappeared. So why go, why try again?
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Why presume this time might be different? Lapallo provides the answer. Joan Pierce is well written - a woman of her time yet one to whom modern readers can relate. I can imagine making the same decisions.
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And the strong friendship between Temperance, Joan and Martha are a treasure. My only criticism are of the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They were often too long and lacked symetry. Still, they are easily ignored. All in all, this is a fine read and suitable for readers of any age as far as theme and plot are concerned. I highly recommend it. Oct 18, Babakathryn rated it it was amazing. This book is inspiring and sobering.
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It has reminded me again of the sacrifices our forefathers have made in order for our nation to rise out of the dust. Beautifully written with deeply moving quotes throughout. A story of bravery and faith and perserverance. Although I have often heard it expressed that both our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are divinely inspired documents, I have not heard of other Christian churches-besides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- This book is inspiring and sobering.
Although I have often heard it expressed that both our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are divinely inspired documents, I have not heard of other Christian churches-besides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- expressing a belief that the very beginning colonization of America was divinely led. Yet this author expresses that deeply and often. A compelling true story of one of the earliest woman settlers of Virginia. Oh how grateful I am for her and thousands like her who endured and did not quit, in circumstances I cannot even imagine.
Nov 05, Gail rated it really liked it. This was a book group selection.
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It started slow, but I really enjoyed the story. The author really did an incredible amount of research to make sure the content was historically accurate. She really does give "voice" to the women and children who not just survived the voyage to and challenges of early Jamestown, but thrived. Mar 06, Beth rated it really liked it. Captivating and enlightening about this period of our history. The religious messages were off-putting, but probably an accurate portrayal of the times.
Even after doing a little research, I am uncertain of the accuracy of the portrayal of the native americans v. Connie Lapallo thoroughly researched every aspect of her novel and it shows. I loved reading about Joan and Tempie's relationship through the Starving Time. I am excited to read the sequel and I am so thankful that my husband and I found her books when we visited Virginia last summer! Jun 29, Deborah rated it liked it Recommended to Deborah by: Amazing story of faith and survival based on historical facts. I have studied Jamestown colony and knew the basic story; however, I found myself eagerly awaiting the return of the Sea Venture from Bermuda following the hurricane.
Feb 07, Terry rated it really liked it Shelves: I would have given this book a five but I was a bit put off by all the religious references. An amazing story of perseverence and survival. Oct 27, Elise Noorda rated it liked it. So glad I read this - I really learned a lot. Not great writing, but good information. Actually, I'm kind of embarrassed that I am this old and didn't know more about this whole situation.
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Anyone who has spent time on Ancestry. The author became intrigued with the lives of her female early ancestors, as well as other women and children at Jamestown. Their stories of true grit and determination will bring tears to your eyes at times. She has meticulously researched the Jamestown era and included an enormous epilogue separating the true history from her fictionalized anecdotes and characters.
S Anyone who has spent time on Ancestry. She has inspired me to again study my own ancestors, who were also early settlers of Virginia. Jan 12, Aubrey rated it really liked it. Read this for a book club and am so glad one of our members chose it. I love historical fictions and this one felt like the truest HF I have ever read. The author really did her research and I appreciated that she addressed all the questions you have after reading a HF and more at the end of the book.
The main character was written in a way that felt very true and characteristic of women at that time too. It was also touching that she was the author's 13th great grandma. I think this was the fou Read this for a book club and am so glad one of our members chose it. I think this was the fourth frontier type of book I've read and I've realized by now it's totally my genre. Reading them makes me feel even more grateful for all the comforts I have. Jul 12, Erin rated it it was ok. I liked reading historical events from a female perspective and appreciated how the author placed real people at the center of the English colonization of America.
However, the religious asides were awkward and off-putting. Additionally, none of the characters had any real depth. Other than occasionally expressing fear, doubt, or some measure of reluctance, all the female characters were otherwise perfect. They were all friends, they watched out for everyone else, they avoided all men they were I liked reading historical events from a female perspective and appreciated how the author placed real people at the center of the English colonization of America. They were all friends, they watched out for everyone else, they avoided all men they were not married to I also found the references to female land ownership and leadership anachronistic in their execution.
Moving story about the enormous sacrifices made by the first settlers of Jamestown. I was impressed with the care the author took to write with historical accuracy. Nov 05, Sarahb. A fascinating and true account of the early women and children to sail from England to Jamestown in the New World! Very readable, likeable characters, true events--what hardships they endured!
Joan, Maggie and Tempie and Janey will keep you turning the pages! Oct 02, Sue Kucera rated it really liked it. This was a riveting read regarding women in Jamestown, This is an affiliate link.
Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky by Connie Lapallo
The book begins in Virginia with Joan as an old woman telling her story. I was thrilled to discover that LaPallo has published a sequel titled: I wondered how she was able to make Joan come alive on the written page. I quickly learned who was in charge. Joan Peirce wanted to tell her own story; in my mind, I heard her speak with authority and even defiance. I knew that a first-time novelist, especially one writing historical fiction, should never attempt to write in first person. Yet, Joan was speaking to me clearly. When I attempted to convert her words to third person, the intensity was lost.
It was not, after all, my story to tell. In telling her own story, Joan often spoke to me of things that seemed far-fetched. I would research the facts only to find Joan knew what she was talking about! I gradually realized that Joan and the story knew what they wanted to be—what they should be. Like many of us, once she started researching her ancestors she was hooked.
During the writing, Joan became so real to me that I knew her voice and what she would say in any situation. I began to understand her and to sympathize with her. In the novel, I was dedicated to maintaining historical accuracy, and I have tremendous respect for all these women and children. I did not sugarcoat their story, but I did not defile it either. These one hundred women, in my mind, were the first American heroines as Bemiss suggested. God bless each one for their courage. Most lost their lives and were buried in unmarked graves.
But a few, like Joan, at least have a name and a story which one can trace. All the women and children who ventured to Jamestown in the first two years of settlement, most of them unknown and unremembered, still have something to say:. Join us this month as we read about and remember Joan Peirce and the other women and children at Jamestown in the spring of