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My Name Is Resolute Paperback – February 17, 2015
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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
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (February 17, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250060974
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250060976
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 1.62 x 9.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #339,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think if you like well written historical stories you'll like this book.
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.
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It took me a bit to get into this book, being used to Turners other book style, but eventually it turned out to be another great read. History at one's fingertips.