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by Virginia Bernhard

Battling for survival in the primitive colonial outpost of Jamestown, Virginia, a recent widow finds solace in the bed of her late husband's best friend while suffering--with the other colonists--starvation, cruel winters, and a possible Indian massacre
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ISBN: 0688089003
ISBN13: 978-0688089009
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Virginia Bernhard
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (March 1, 1990)
Pages: 412 pages
ePUB size: 1918 kb
FB2 size: 1618 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 647
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I love reading historical fiction. I always learn something new, and I usually end up going to the internet to find what historical facts I can find, without the fiction. Well written historical fiction adds real people to the dry facts. It is especially enjoyable when the facts have been supplied by the journals of the real people involved. When I got to the part of the story that detailed cannibalism, I was surprised. I really didn't know much about the 1607 Jamestown settlement, and I thought I would have heard of cannibalism if it had occurred there. A quick internet search revealed that in May of 2013, hard evidence was discovered, to prove the stories of cannibalism at Jamestown.

Bernhard spares no details, no matter how gruesome. She did a superb job of telling the stories of both the Indians and of some of the settlers. I wish she would write more historical fiction. I found it difficult to put down.

This book is being reissued early in 2014, as JAMESTOWN, THE NOVEL; The story of America's beginnings.
Rolling Flipper
Real good book and depicted Jamestown well. Head Librarian choose it fir us.
I read this book years and years ago and the memory of it still lingers. So dang good... especially if you enjoy historical topics tinged with fictional drama! Find this one and read it. I highly recommend it.
It is a fascinating read, just be warned that the subject material is very dark, which is historically accurate.
Fabulous book. I've read it twice before and about to read my copy again. Was looking it up because I told a friend she should get a copy for herself because she loves Jamestown, as I do. Was pleasantly surprised that copies are still available. History presented in fictional form, but it feels so authentic.
The subject of this story is of major importance to anyone seeking to learn how early Europeans colonized North America. Dr. Bernhard's writting brings the early settlers to life again. The impossible trials and tribulations become real to the reader. Her prose is as easy a reading as I have encountered. This is a book you cant put down and one that you will read over and over. I have lent this book to every person in my family - and it's hard to get back. Get this book - you'll be so glad you did.
Some say the truth is stranger than fiction. Well this book proves it. Virginia Bernhard creates a wonderful piece literature by combining the facts about the early colonists who settled in Virginia between 1609 and 1622 and storytelling. Most of her characters existed in real life, however she expands those facts to create a complex and rich story full of suspense, romance, danger, and hardship. If you want to know the truth about early American relations with the Native Indians read this book. For those true fans of historial fiction this is a must read. I could not put it down.Angela Houston, TX