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Comment: Dust jacket has some wear, a spot where a sticker has been removed and a taped spot. Upper and lower edges of dust jacket has some spots missing. Gold sticker on spine declaring" Library edition". There are no stamps or papers indicating that this belonged to a library other than that sticker. Flap has been price clipped. Light pencil mark indicating bookstore price inside front cover. No other marks or writing could be found. Hardcover. Third printing: March 1969.
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Constance A Story of Early Plymouth Hardcover – 1969

4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (1969)
  • ASIN: B000GO7FI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,494,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on February 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I first read Constance last year when my 6th grade teacher recommended it. I adored it- the weekend I read it, Constance was my constant companion! I just finished reading it again and it was even better the second time through! I really feel like I bonded with Constance, and now I am doing as much research as I can on her. She was a real person, and as it says in the book, all the characters but one really existed. Through her diary, Constance tells of her journey across the Atlantic from London to Massachusetts, and gives wonderful details about the building and founding of Plymouth Colony. Through Constance I felt the pain of "the sickness" that claimed many lives during their first winter, became tangled in her complex love triangle, and felt outraged at the two men who tried to destroy Plymouth's peace. Constance was detailed, well written, interesting, exciting, and romantic. I would recommend this book to anyone, but I almost don't want to share it at all, since I feel like it's "my book"! This book found a very special place in my heart, and I wish I could thank Patricia Clapp for the many hours of contentment, excitement, and utter bliss she has given me! Constance is an exceptional read!
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This was one of my favoritest books as a preteen. I read it over and over again, and even got my mother to buy a copy for a present for one of my second-cousins. There were so many wonderful historical fiction books for young people when I was still reading preteen and teen lit, before graduating to adult novels at about 14. I knew it was kind of an older book, but it didn't matter to me.

Lately I've been revisiting some of my favorite books from my younger years, and this was one of them. I was rather disappointed that it wasn't as awesome as I remembered it, and even more disappointed to realize that a fair amount of historical liberties had been taken, probably to try to make the story more appealing to young people. I still love the idea of a book in journal form, from the POV of one of the younger Pilgrims, but Constance's story should've been interesting enough without trying to turn her into some silly 20th century flirt. Her coquettish behavior is also a juxtaposition to the heavy real history interspersed throughout.

I honestly feel there were a bit too many historical liberties taken for the sake of the story. For example, we don't know exactly when Oceanus or Damaris Hopkins died, but we do know that it was before 1627. Ms. Clapp has little Oceanus dying in 1623 and Damaris dying during that terrible first Winter in Plymouth. I always believed Damaris was one of the victims of that first Winter, yet she's not on the list of victims. And while it's a historical fact that the Hopkins' servants Edward Dotey and Edward Leister, "the Two Teds," fought the first duel in Plymouth, the reason isn't recorded. Ms. Clapp portrays it as them fighting over Constance, who's led both of them on. I somehow feel that's a bit of a stretch.
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Ok, the first time I read this book was for a 7th grade reading assignment-and that was well over 20 years ago, but this book has stayed in my heart ever since. Its a very well written story about a young girl who came over from England on the Mayflower and lived through the struggles that the Pilgrims went through in their first years of Plimouth Plantation. This is for the most part, a true story, written by Patricia Clapp, who's husband is an actual descendant of Constance. The story has adventure, romance and I felt the pain that these people went through during one of the most important times of our history. This book opened in me an interest in life in Plimouth. I was lucky enough to live in New England and visited the Plantation often. I highly recommend this book to young teens, as well as older. Somewhere I still have my copy (that I bought back when I was in 7th grade), and its a book that I would read again.
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The reason I had at first read the book was becasue I had to for a project in 7th grade. I first started to read it, and I could not put it down! The report was due in a month and I read the book in 2 days! That was 2 years ago, and every time I read it, I still can not put it down! My advise for any young reader is to read this book. I love the structure and the style of writting. Patricia Clapp wrote this story for the person with a great imagination, and for the dreamer, because you can actually picture the story so vibrantly and vividly. How you can imagine the boat leaving the docks, how cramped it is on the ride over, the sickness, the suffering, the fun, the love, you can see it all. Clapp made me want to be around during this time period to experence the lifestyle of it. To actually see how it was then, and to see it better then she has shown me. To sum it all up, I love it and I think that anyone who loves to read, loves a good romance for a young readers, and loves a little adventure, Patricia Clapp's compelling story "Constance" is for you or your yound one.
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When I was a child, I read this book over and over again. It is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have read, as a child or an adult. Constance brings the struggles of the pilgrims at the Plimoth colony vividly to life, with both realism (given what the pilgrims struggled through) as well as tenderness, and a recognition that despite the struggles, life, death, and love went on. Although I am now a Yale undergraduate, this is a book I pick up to re-read over and over. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction. And if you have already read Constance, make a point of reading The Tamarack Tree, also by Patricia Clapp, set in Vicksburg, Mississippi during the Civil War siege.
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