Colonial Virginia -- fiction

Petals on the River

By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

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The fiery and outspoken daughter of a successful Irish businessman, Shemaine O'Hearn has made powerful enemies. Falsely convicted of thievery, she is shipped off in shackles to the colony of Virginia, where she is sold into indentured servitude to Gage Thornton. A widowed shipbuilder who needs a nanny for his two-year-old son, Gage is believed by many to have murdered his wife. But Shemaine finds Gage to be generous, caring, passionate and kind, and soon they are falling in love -- until grave danger from across the ocean threatens their blossoming romance.

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Virgin Earth

By Philippa Gregory

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As England descends into civil war, John Tradescant the Younger, gardener to King Charles I, finds his loyalties in question, his status an ever-growing danger to his family. Fearing royal defeat and determined to avoid serving the rebels, John escapes to the royalist colony of Virginia, a land bursting with fertility that stirs his passion for botany. Only the native American peoples understand the forest, and John is drawn to their way of life just as they come into fatal conflict with the colonial settlers. Torn between his loyalty to his country and family and his love for a Powhatan girl who embodies the freedom he seeks, John has to find himself before he is prepared to choose his direction in the virgin land.

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The Guardship

By James L. Nelson

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A naval adventure whose hero commands a warship, defending colonial Virginia from pirates. On land he faces danger as well for he killed a tobacco planter in a duel over a woman and the family wants revenge.
Book 1 of the Brethren of the Coast series.

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The Blackbirder

By James L. Nelson

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Former swashbuckler Thomas Marlowe and his wife have settled in 1702 Tidewater Virginia where they immediately make enemies by freeing their slaves. Planning to set to sea again, to make his fortune plundering rival merchant vessels, Captain Marlowe finds himself bound instead to hunt down an old friend who has killed the captain of a slave ship and has now set sail for Africa.
Book 2 of the Brethren of the Coast series.

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O Beulah Land

By Mary Lee Settle

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Award-winning author Mary Lee Settle succeeded in making frontier Virginia history more immediate and real by breathing life into almost-forgotten incidents from history and little-known people with her novels.
Beginning of the Beulah Quintet.

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A Durable Fire

By Virginia Bernhard

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In 1609, new bride Temperance Yardley and her husband set sail for Jamestown--on separate ships. Disaster strikes the convoy, leaving Temperance to fend for herself in the starving colony. Includes appearances by Powhatan and his warriors.

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A Bride Most Begrudging

By Deeanne Gist

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Tobacco planter Drew O'Connor needs a woman to look after his house and his three-year-old sister. What he gets is the daughter of an earl who was transported against her will to the colony. Although she is stubborn and completely unaccustomed to hard work, their mutual attraction and strong faith in God bring them together.

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Mary Geddy's Day: A Day in Colonial Williamsburg

By Kate Waters

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Mary worries that if the colony votes for independence, her best friend will have to go back to England

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Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point

By retold by Mary Quattlebaum

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When Colonel Lightfoot and the Devil hold a lengthy dance contest to see who will control a plot of land along the James River in Virginia, the result is a surprise for both participants. Colonel Lightfoot is never modest, especially when it comes to his dancing or his fine Virginia land. One piece of that land is turning to mud, and the devil himself is rumored to live in that murky mess, for on dark nights sparks fly high. How to put an end to the devil's mischief? Why, a dance contest with the fiery fiend himself. The colonel bristles with confidence, but the devil is equally sure of himself, until, recognizing his own false pride in the devil's boasts, the colonel discovers the perfect way to outsmart him.

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Virginia Bound

By Amy Butler

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Thirteen-year-old orphaned beggar Rob Brackett is kidnapped from the streets of London and taken to the New World for a cruel tobacco farmer master, who also owns a Pamunkey Indian girl named Mattoume.

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