The Primrose Way
When Rebekah Hall sails to Massachuttes to join her father in the new Puritan Colony she is shocked by the harsh conditions of "the New Eden". Unlike the paradise described by her father, houses are small, drafty quarters dug into the earth, food is hard to coax from the rocky soil, and the weather is harsh. Rebekah is also shocked at the Native American peoples that populate the area. Convinced to get to know them better, she invites a native girl named Qunnequawese to live with her so they can teach each other thier traditions. But Rebekah's quest begins to lead her away from Puritan ways as she begins to questions which people are the true "savages".
I honestly simply picked this book up because it looked long enough and sounded somewhat interesting enough to keep me entertained in the 8 hour drive to San Diego on my family vacation. The first few chapters were rather slow, and seemed to confirm my original thoughts. The book slowly started to get me involved, and I soon was unable to put it down. In addition to the huge amount of historical detail (including a glossary of Pawtucket words) this book also inclued suspense and a little romance. I was upset as it came to an end because it looked like there wouldn't be a happy ending. To my surpise it did end well in a major plot twist in the last two pages of the book. Talk about a close call!
This is a great story for any reader of historical fiction, especially those interested in early colonial history. This was really, really good and has quickly become one of my favorites. I recommend it to anyone.