It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montauk tribe, is enjoying her wedding feast when her groom is killed and she is kidnapped by a rival tribe and held for ransom. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is nonetheless left to die in a Connecticut forest--until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her long friendship with family friend Benjamin Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart.
Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports readers to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York. Her attention to detail and her captivating storytelling bring the New World to vivid life.
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This is an incredible historical novel!
I have thoroughly enjoyed returning to Southold on Long Island. It was great to catch up with Barnabas and Mary Horton and all of their friends and family. Thirteen years have passed since book #1 and I loved seeing the changes as the boys have grown to manhood and one is married, the other is looking for the woman that God wants him to marry. There have also been a number of new additions to the family over the years and we were introduced to these little ones.
The descriptions of how things were done were so detailed that it was a joy to read and really think about the changes that time has made in household chores. This book had the added bonus of one of the main characters being a Native American of the Montaukett tribe. Rebecca DeMarino included some wonderful explanations about how the individual beads and then wampum which fascinated me.
I have never studied this time period and what life was like beyond what I got in school. I’m sure that the tension between the English settlers and the Dutch settlers was researched and then accurately depicted. I knew that there were problems between the different tribes of Native Americans so that was no surprise to me. I was totally caught up in all of these conflicts that were a part of the story. The balance between the conflict and the romance was wonderful.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.