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About the Author

Ann Bell is the author of eleven contemporary fiction books, one children's book, and three educational technology books. She has a Master of Library and information Students from the University of Hawaii and has done extensive research on the early Quakers in Philadelphia including a trip to the area in 2005. She currently lives in Georgetown, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453739424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453739426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phyllis Moses on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
For a fascinating peek into the culture of early Britt/American religious culture, this book
personifies the disparate efforts on behalf of simple families to integrate their strong
spiritual beliefs into the systems of two different continents. Rebecca's journey begins in
England but moves seamlessly into the new and exciting setting of America. Quaker families were
staunch in their beliefs, yet desperately wanted to be accepted by society as a whole. The journey
taken by Rebecca offers few opportunities for her to bring financial assistance to her poverty-ridden
family back in England, but it does give her the chance she wouldn't have had otherwise to expand
the family vision of simplicity, authenticity and righteous living into the New World.

Rebecca's obsession with avenging her father's death,while bringing a measure of improved health for
her dying mother grips her constantly. As her brother's only chance to become educated and trained
for their future is never far from her consciousness. The quaint speech of the Quakers, the
peek into their spiritual lives, offers a richness to the story. The poverty of the
times is almost unbelievable, yet lends itself to new understandings of the austerity they
were immersed in. Great story, rich characters and exciting scenarios will keep you from
putting this novel down until you're finished.
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As an avid reader of historical fiction, I look for characters who make the facts of the story come to life. This is the case with Rebekah's Journey. How could we not feel every emotion that ripped her young soul and mind as she made her journey and established a life in the new world. As for facts, the threads that wove the Quakers' story into America's tapestry are ones that have had great impact, and it is such books as these that give readers insight into sometimes long-neglected accounts of those early indentured servants, many of whom helped develop this great country.
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DISAPPOINTED - I did finish reading this book (it didn't take me long). I have read many historical novels but this book left me wondering if I had chosen one for an elementary reader. It's so basic with no real character development or plot. Even Rebekah's thoughts are shallow and the descriptions are non-existent. The stories of these Quaker families and their plight for religious freedom from England to America had so much promise but the writing quality of this book just isn't there. In the end this book left me hanging wanting more, so much more. No depth in character study for Rebekah, John Reynolds, the Reynolds's family, especially relationship between Sarah and Rebekah. No depth in describing Rebekah's journey or of her inner thoughts and feelings, (repeating the fact she misses her family was a no brainer). I am sorry I didn't investigate the writing before I bought this book even if it was ONLY $5.00.
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Ann Bell is insightfully accurate in her portrayals of 1700s England and the New World. You feel like you are doing the living in the middle of the many deadly dangers and unexpected opportunities awaiting around the next corner. Just when things appear hopeless, a way through opens. Just when things appear to be going great, the bottom drops out. These developments are revealed in ways that all of us find familiar and believable. Her characters truly live for us and we care about them. The times they live in are analyzed with a simplicity and genuineness which is impressive to read. She gets the tensions right between the Quakers and non-Quakers (including Ben Franklin), and between the Quakers and Quakers. The people ebb-and-flow in their moral development and wisdom. Issues of romantic competitiveness, finding your way in a profession, combatting severe depressions, treatment of minorities, using political influence, and child-rearing are raised in thought-provoking ways. Ann Bell accurately depicts the Quaker society and its challenges in a manner which sheds light on the similar challenges which continue to beset Quakers of our modern times. Those Quakers sowed the seeds which bless and bewilder us today. What a great way to live history and ponder social interactions which are ever present. The Quakers of colonial England and the new world had a major influence on how the Western world developed, and Bell has effectively introduced us to it. There is much more to reveal, and it is to be hoped she will continue in telling us more about the Quaker influences and quandries, and making them come alive.
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This novel describes the Quaker communities in London, England and in North America. Rebekah is a young girl who is offered an opportunity to move to North America with a Quaker family as an indentured servant, after her father is killed in London. Her emotions on leaving her known world, and experiencing the New World are vividly described. The Quaker philosophies are clearly explained throughout the story, and the clashes with political authorities are well described. The position of women during the eighteenth century is also well portrayed. If you like historical fiction, this is a good book to read.
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