Ambition, Arrogance & Pride Ambition, Arrogance & Pride

Ambition, Arrogance & Pride

Families & Rivals in 18th Century Salem

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2023 Goethe Prize Finalist in Late Historical Fiction

"The particular attention-aid to food, fashion and high society of the time ... will satisfy history buffs and historical fiction readers alike." —Indie

Reader"An elaborately detailed period piece packed with intriguing nuggets of history." —Kirkus

”Sandra Wagner-Wright is an excellent storyteller with a natural flair for historical accuracy and powerful character development.” —Seattle Book Review

Three Weddings – Two Rival Families In 1735 Richard Derby, a ship’s master in colonial Salem, Massachusetts, married Mary Hodges, a merchant’s daughter. The alliance was good business, and Mary Hodges was a willing bride. Richard prospered, retired from the sea, and founded his own merchant house. With one exception, Richard’s sons went to sea. Hasket Derby stayed ashore, learning to manage the trading network his father built. George Crowninshield was the youngest of four brothers. Three sailed for Salem merchants. Richard Derby enticed George to sail for him by matching George with his daughter Mary. George knew a good opportunity when he saw it. Mary wanted more than a house and children, but marriage was her only option. “Marry me,” George said. “Be my partner.” Eliza Crowninshield set her cap for a husband who would bring her wealth and status. She craved a brick house superior to any other dwelling in Salem. She wanted to dress at the height of fashion and entertain lavishly. Hasket Derby needed a wife as ambitious as he was. He expected to lead the Salem business community and required a wife to complement his achievements. Set during a pivotal time in Salem's history, this gripping work of historical fiction explores the depth of human relationships through nuanced characters and vivid historical details. Perfect for fans of early American history and atmospheric fiction, this novel offers an intimate look at life in colonial New England.

April 26
Bublish, Inc.
Bublish, Inc.