Praise for My Name Is Resolute:
"Turner's (The Star Garden, 2007, etc.) historical novel, set principally in the New World between 1729 and 1781, follows the life of a woman who struggles to control her own destiny and then uses her skills to help found a new country.
Resolute Talbot is a young child when she and her two older siblings are captured by pirates and taken from the family home in Jamaica. Patience, her sister, does whatever is necessary to protect her younger sister and herself, and brother August signs on to become a privateer. Surviving inhumane conditions, illness and harsh treatment, Resolute is stripped of her name, sold as a slave in the New World, taken prisoner by Indians and confined in a Catholic orphanage, where she learns to spin and weave. After years of waiting for the right opportunity, she and Patience escape, but Resolute is left to her own devices on the outskirts of Lexington, Mass. There, her dreams of returning to Jamaica, where she believes her mother awaits her return, are supplanted by the practicalities of everyday living. Resolute inherits property, establishes a business, meets carpenter Cullah MacLammond and weathers the effects of two wars: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. During difficult political conditions and epidemics that shape Resolute’s family’s and friends’ futures, she proves worthy of her name and uses her skills to assist others. Among her brave acts, she rescues a slave, hides contraband for the Sons of Liberty in her home, volunteers for secret missions, provides sustenance to starving soldiers, and sews cloaks and uniforms for the troops. Throughout the narrative, Turner skillfully keeps her main characters in the forefront and reveals historical events through their eyes and actions rather than by means of long, explanatory passages that stall the plot. The novel is lengthy and somewhat repetitious as so many characters are introduced, disappear and then are reunited multiple times, but the author convincingly conveys a pivotal time in American history and provides a rewarding reading experience.
A fitting story about resiliency, ingenuity and heroism."
“I fell in love with Resolute Talbot early in the first chapter, even before she was kidnapped as a child by pirates in Jamaica and launched into her riveting journey from captivity to independence. Nancy Turner is a stunning historical researcher who has imbued Resolute with a haunting narrator’s voice, seeded with language and sensibilities of another time. The details throughout—from spinning wheel jargon to military intrigue—create a sense of 18th century, when the colonies were at their breaking point. Resolute represents the women who bravely and quietly contributed to the Revolutionary War effort, and were all but forgotten until now. This is historical fiction at its best; alive, exciting and profoundly moving. Resolute is a revelation, Nancy Turner is a master.” —Bonnie Marson, author of Sleeping with Schubert
Praise for Sarah’s Quilt:
“A sensitive, vibrant story about the strength of love and family . . . Reminiscent of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.” —The Denver Post
"Gritty Sarah Elliot, who lassoed our hearts in These Is My Words, proves that women as well as men tamed the West." —Sandra Dallas, author of The Diary of Mattie Spenser
“Hard times, danger, love, well-defined characters, and a strong sense of place all merge to form the heart of this novel.” —Dallas Morning News
"Action-packed." —Tucson Guide Quarterly
Praise for These Is My Words:
"Incredibly vivid and real." —Rosamunde Pilcher, author of The Shell Seekers