Peregrine

Peregrine

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by Mary Ellen Barnes
     
 

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The true story of one woman’s indomitable spirit and her love for the hawks she raises in the time of Charles I of England, Cromwell, and the New Colonies. Frances Latham, daughter of the royal falconer, is expected to tend her brothers and marry a farmer’s son, but she yearns for freedom to study in London, to hunt with the hawks she loves, and to marry

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The true story of one woman’s indomitable spirit and her love for the hawks she raises in the time of Charles I of England, Cromwell, and the New Colonies. Frances Latham, daughter of the royal falconer, is expected to tend her brothers and marry a farmer’s son, but she yearns for freedom to study in London, to hunt with the hawks she loves, and to marry at her will. Her spirit will carry her from a stifling country life to the bustling streets of London, through the harrowing hell of the plague, and eventually to the shores of the New World where Frances struggles to raise eleven children and pass on a better legacy than the one she endured. History buffs will become immersed in this panorama of the English court, country life, the grueling voyage to colonial America, the harsh life settlers endured on its shores, and encounters with Anne Hutchinson and Miantonomi, the Narragansett sachem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611792409
Publisher:
Fireship Press
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Pages:
418
Sales rank:
804,232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ellen Barnes was born in Tucson, Arizona. She earned her B.A. from Chapman College, in Los Angeles, California, and completed graduate courses at San Diego State University and Claremont College to earn her secondary teaching credential. She taught English, social studies, journalism, and art in California schools.

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Peregrine 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This marvelous story should have been broken up into three parts and published a trilogy. There are just too many events and too many people, even someone without ADHD can get lost. There are logical breaks in certain places. The first installment would deal with Frances' childhood in Elstow. The second installment would deal with her marriage to Will and their life in London, culminating with the plague outbreak. The third installment would deal with her subsequent marriage to Jeremy and their voyage to the New World. When these three periods were crammed into the same book, the narrative becomes a bit stuffy and overwhelming. You catch yourself gasping for air. I realize that having kids and grandkids in the double digits was par for the course for those women who were fortunate enough not to die in childbirth, but I lost track of Frances' offspring. You first meet her as a willful 13-year old. 360 pages later she has 11 kids and 56 grandkids. My question is: would the story have suffered if the number of kids would have been limited to two or three from each marriage? That being said, it's still an immensely enjoyable novel.