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My Name Is Resolute Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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“Every page of Turner's engrossing and fascinating work is better than the last. Not only historical fiction fans will love this beautifully written and compelling novel.” ―Library Journal
“…the author convincingly conveys a pivotal time in American history and provides a rewarding reading experience. A fitting story about resiliency, ingenuity and heroism.” ―Kirkus
“Turner has drawn a character whose trials, loves, losses and achievements Turner fans will happily follow.” ―Tucson Weekly
“An evocative page turner...Nancy Turner is a brilliant voice, an author to look out for.” ―Mary Sharratt, author of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
“Nancy Turner's novel, MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, is astonishing in its attention to detail and in the authenticity of its narrative. But what's more compelling is the heartfelt accounting of a remarkable woman who survives servitude, loss of home and family, and who embodies the courage of the settlers who transformed a wilderness into a bold new country.” ―Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter, The Outcasts, and The Traitor's Wife
“Fiercely independent, stubborn and sometimes endearingly naïve, Resolute is one of those magical, insistent characters who lives on in your head and your heart long past the final page. Nancy Turner is one of my favorite storytellers: I'm always hooked from her first sentence and sorry to reach the last. In MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, she brings colonial America to life, endowing Resolute with her signature mix of humor, spunk, courage, common sense, and passion. From pirate attacks and Indian abduction to the shuttling of a loom, Turner is equally marvelous with larger-than-life heroics and the quiet joys of hearth and home. Sarah Prine has a worthy "sister" at last – this book was totally worth the wait!” ―Jennifer Lee Carrell, author of Interred with Their Bones and Haunt Me Still
“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
About the Author
NANCY TURNER is the author of These Is My Words, Sarah's Quilt, and The Star Garden. She was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Southern California and Arizona. These Is My Words was selected as One Book, One Arizona. She lives in Tucson with her husband and her dog.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved reading the author's books about the historical fictional life of an American pioneer, Sarah Agnes Prine, These Is My Words. Also, the two follow-up books of her life. I am realizing that I generally expect an author's next work to be very similar to the previous books I read and enjoyed.
I definitely enjoyed My Name Is Resolute, and I was completely surprised from beginning to end with Resolute's journey through life. Both books were very well written and researched, and the stories were completely different, new and fresh. I found myself doing some of my own research about the time periods these two women lived through.
I'm looking forward to Nancy E.Turner's next completed project.
Resolute Talbot is the British-born daughter of a Lord whose family has been sent for political reasons to administer a Jamaican plantation in the English-owned Indies of the early 1700s. Piracy and privateering were highly profitable occupations on the Caribbean, but the family felt safe from their threat behind their fortified walls. Resolute, her older sister Patience and brother August live a privileged existence until Saracen pirates raid their island home, murder their parents, and kidnap them to be sold into servitude. Resolute and Patience barely survive as they are held captive in the hold of the pirate ship.
When that ship is hijacked by a British privateer, August joins them to save his sisters' lives, but the girls are sold to pilgrim pioneers to serve as house slaves in a small outpost in the wilderness of northern America. The two manage to stay together even after ending up in a Quebec convent, where Resolute learns to weave. She and Patience finally escape from the convent and change their identities but become separated. Resolute, now 15, must find her way on her own.
From the life Resolute expected as a well-brought-up and educated young girl, she must learn the hard way that, in order to survive, she must lie, cheat and steal her way to freedom. She meets and marries a rustic Scots woodsman who is wanted in England and lives a double life after escaping Scotland following the infamous Battle of Culloden.Read more ›
Soon she and her siblings will be brought to America. What follows is how Resolute, her brother and sister further their lives in America. Resolute becomes a weaver, learning her skills for weaving at a convent. Because of her weaving, Resolute will be able to sustain herself and her family. She will end up in the hotbed of the American Revolution in Lexington, Massachusetts and play a pivotal role in that war.
This is a fascinating look at a strong woman, who loses everything when she is a child and goes on to become a woman who risks all for her new country and her family. I liked how the author, Nancy Turner, introduces historical people of the time, such as George Washington, John Hancock, Paul Revere and a host of others into the book. The story is so well written and researched that you believe that Resolute's story is a real one. This one is a keeper; don't miss it!
Separated from her siblings, Resolute finds herself the slave of a family who works her day and night. It's almost a relief when Indians raid the village, taking everyone hostage and selling them to a French Catholic religious community.
While the nuns are kinder than her previous captors, Resolute can never forget the hard truth...they are still her captors. She is worked hard in the fields and in the weavers' barn, knowing she is not allowed to leave the grounds.
One day Resolute's chance comes along and she and her sister make their daring escape. Yet amidst her jubilation at finally being free, Resolute finds she's paid quite the price...she is now alone, in the unfamiliar world of Lexington, Massachusetts.
Through years of hard work and perseverance, Resolute, her husband and family manage to make a good living for themselves. But rumbles of discontent are present as early as the 1760s, as the British government begins to increase their taxing and oppression of the American colonies. What role will Resolute take in fighting back?
It's clear that Turner did a tremendous amount of research about life in the 1700s, yet her writing style still keeps the modern audience in mind. Just as with her previous books, Turner creates realistic three-dimensional characters to which any reader can and will relate. Readers will be intrigued by the headstrong Resolute, unable to stop reading until her story is concluded.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an incredible tale...... from a life of privilege on an island where her father ruled..... to pirates.... to indentured servitude....to the Am. Revolution! Read morePublished 8 days ago by K4S2
This is an awesome book. Written at first through the eyes of a child who becomes an adult within the pages.Published 9 days ago by Teacher
This was quite a saga. Having absolutely adored Nancy Turner’s, “These is my Words,” I must admit, I had incredibly high expectations for her newest novel. Read morePublished 19 days ago by ME
What a beautiful story of strength, perseverance, and honor. A tribute to the many women who are unsung heroes in the pages of history.Published 1 month ago by jfkln