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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899660258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899660257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,649,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A tremendously vital and exciting story of the founding of a colonial dynasty.” —The New York Times

“Bristow has the true gift of storytelling.” —Chicago Tribune
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About the Author

Gwen Bristow (1903–1980), the author of seven bestselling historical novels that bring to life momentous events in American history, such as the siege of Charleston during the American Revolution (Celia Garth) and the great California gold rush (Calico Palace), was born in South Carolina, where the Bristow family had settled in the seventeenth century. After graduating from Judson College in Alabama and attending the Columbia School of Journalism, Bristow worked as a reporter for New Orleans’ Times-Picayune from 1925 to 1934. Through her husband, screenwriter Bruce Manning, she developed an interest in longer forms of writing—novels and screenplays.

After Bristow moved to Hollywood, her literary career took off with the publication of Deep Summer, the first novel in a trilogy of Louisiana-set historical novels, which also includes The Handsome Road and This Side of Glory. Bristow continued to write about the American South and explored the settling of the American West in her bestselling novels Jubilee Trail, which was made into a film in 1954, and in her only work of nonfiction, Golden Dreams. Her novel Tomorrow Is Forever also became a film, starring Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, and Natalie Wood, in 1946.
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Excellent book on the settling of Louisiana in the late 1700's.
Lena Eicher
I could not put the book down once I started and I am eager to read the other two books in the series, in addition to the author’s other titles.
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Although hard to find a copy of this book, it is well worth the hunt.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1998
Format: Library Binding
Deep Summer is only the first of 3 books to complete the Plantation Trilogy. The book starts out with a family of 4 heading down from New England in the mid 1700's to start a new life in the Deep South. You will follow this family and many other families all the way to the early 1900's. It is amazing to read and imagine how these people felt during all the ups and downs the Plantation life has to offer them, good and bad!! I reccommend this book to everyone who is at all interested in history or just a good ole love story.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I discovered Gwen Bristow in Junior High. I know I've read all of her books at least 3 times since then. The Plantation Trilogy is her best. This one of the three. Too bad it's out of print. Also Calico Palace. I cannot visit San Fransisco without seeing the early days through Gwen's writing. She was one of the best historical fiction writers.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2002
Format: Library Binding
A very interesting novel about how the Louisiana plantation life got started in the first place. Through the life of Judith, a girl originally from Connecticut, the reader sees first hand how the Southern plantations got their start, how slavery became an entrenched part of the Southern economy, what the phrase "Poor White Trash" means, how and why the cotton gin changed the Southern life style and what the Louisiana territory was like under English, Spanish, French & American domination with its grand mix of cultures. The story will take you from the late 1700's to the early 1800's. Be sure to read the author's preface and epilogue!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Luther on October 15, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This is the first Gwen Bristow novel I've ever read. Her historical fiction is wonderful. This is the first of her plantation trilogy, set in what becomes Louisiana, prior to the American Revolution. It follows the Larne and Sheramy families, telling how they carved their empires out of the forests. It's a great love story, a great historical novel, and my favorite of the trilogy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller VINE VOICE on December 9, 2007
Format: Library Binding
I recently decided to go back and reread some books that I had enjoyed as a teenager. I started with author Gwen Bristow's DEEP SUMMER. Reading this again as a mature adult was wonderful. Even though, the characters are fictional, the time period was a very important part of our history. I came away with a much deeper understanding of how the South was settled and how it grew economically.

This is the first in a trilogy of books that Bristow wrote about the South. It's the story of several families who started with land grants on the Mississippi River and told how their properties grew into the great plantations. The land grants were given by King George the Third of England. Men who had served in the French and Indian Wars were given grants for their service. The Sheramy family came down from Connecticut and Philip Larne came from South Carolina. The main female character is Judith Sheramy who married Philip Larne and their families became the wealthy land owners.

DEEP SUMMER has a strong human element. This story will always be a part of my memory when I think of the Louisiana territory and the people who settled there.

Judith Miller
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gwen Bristow's Plantation Series is a series for all lovers of Historical Romance! "Two abiding passions held them together--their love and their dream of an empire in the Louisiana jungle." Deep Summer is the first book in the Plantation Series and it is the best one of all three, the other two are fantastic, but Deep Summer is the best, highly recommended!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on May 27, 2011
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This is a beautifully written book, the first in Gwen Bristow's "Plantation Trilogy." I first read the books when I was a teenager and I recently decided to re-read them. The main character in "Deep Summer" is Judith Sheramy, who at the age of 15, moved from Connecticut with her Puritan family to the Louisiana territory in the late 1700s. Judith's father had received a land grant as a reward for having fought in the French and Indian War, and the family travels down the Mississippi River to settle in a small town a few hours north of New Orleans. Everyone's world is turned upside-down as they get settled in--especially Judith's. Instead of marrying a staid young man, as her parents expected her to, she falls in love with Philip Larne, a handsome rogue from South Carolina who also has a land grant (his land adjoins Judith's parent's), and the two elope in the middle of the night. As the years go on, they build a dynasty and a grand plantation from what had been a jungle.

Judith and Philip's relationship has lots of twists and turns, and ups and downs along the way, but it's a true love story. There are a lot of characters in this book--all are richly drawn and the dialogue is always believable and true to life. And the author obviously did a lot of historical research. I also think that Judith and Philip have a surprisingly modern marriage. My only criticism is that in the second-half of the book, the focus turns more to Judith and Philip's children, who are not nearly as interesting as their parents. Nonetheless, Ms. Bristow was a very, very talented writer--one of the best writers I'm familiar with.

If you're looking for history and romance and great characters, I highly recommend this novel.
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