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A Daughter of Francis Martin: Maine Historical Fiction

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“A Daughter of Francis Martin … remains true to the known facts while telling a compelling story that pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the circumstances of Mary Martin. We are convinced that the principals (characters) have lives beyond the tale. They are multi-dimensional characters, each has his or her own flaws and often lives or grows to understand or undergo th “A Daughter of Francis Martin … remains true to the known facts while telling a compelling story that pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the circumstances of Mary Martin. We are convinced that the principals (characters) have lives beyond the tale. They are multi-dimensional characters, each has his or her own flaws and often lives or grows to understand or undergo the consequences…Virginia Chute has, to my mind, captured the soul of 17th century Falmouth before its fall.” —William David Barry, Maine historian and author of Maine: The Wilder Half of New England.


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“A Daughter of Francis Martin … remains true to the known facts while telling a compelling story that pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the circumstances of Mary Martin. We are convinced that the principals (characters) have lives beyond the tale. They are multi-dimensional characters, each has his or her own flaws and often lives or grows to understand or undergo th “A Daughter of Francis Martin … remains true to the known facts while telling a compelling story that pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the circumstances of Mary Martin. We are convinced that the principals (characters) have lives beyond the tale. They are multi-dimensional characters, each has his or her own flaws and often lives or grows to understand or undergo the consequences…Virginia Chute has, to my mind, captured the soul of 17th century Falmouth before its fall.” —William David Barry, Maine historian and author of Maine: The Wilder Half of New England.

7 review for A Daughter of Francis Martin: Maine Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The Daughter of Francis Martin is an outstanding historical novel. Solidly researched, it tells the tale of the 17th century settlers of Casco Bay. Richly written, it helped me to understand the local politics of the emerging area as well as the everyday hardships of their lives, but unlike other historical novels, it also gave me an appreciation of family lives on both sides of the Atlantic – how the politics of England interfaced, the roles both sides played in land acquisition and trade, and The Daughter of Francis Martin is an outstanding historical novel. Solidly researched, it tells the tale of the 17th century settlers of Casco Bay. Richly written, it helped me to understand the local politics of the emerging area as well as the everyday hardships of their lives, but unlike other historical novels, it also gave me an appreciation of family lives on both sides of the Atlantic – how the politics of England interfaced, the roles both sides played in land acquisition and trade, and the competing forces of faith (Church of England vs Godly Faith; i.e., Congregationists) in New England. My 9th GGF apprenticed under Cleeve and Tucker, earned his 100 acres of Casco Bay and then moved on to Portsmouth in 1639, the year before Francis, Mary and Francie set sail. Because of my personal interest, I read this book very closely. Having said that, if I may offer one recommendation, it would be that prior to its next printing, it be edited for typos. I came across two Chapter Threes and other minor issues such as closed parentheses, consistency in capitalization, etc. Other readers likely did not pick up on these but since I did read it so closely, I was occasionally distracted by them. Again, I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I look forward to reading The Remembrances of Marietta Lufford, also by Mrs. Chute.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy E Randolph

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donna Martin

  5. 5 out of 5

    lilias

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margie

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie

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