Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT CALEB’S CROSSING by Geraldine Brooks #HistFic

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Avid Reader’s thoughts

A super read.  This book is about how the early settlers mixed with and tolerated, or not, with the native Indians. There was an amazing classical education for the favoured few and some special scholarships for the natives. The story tells of hardships, segregation, and tolerance seen through the eyes of Bethia a protestant Minister`s daughter.  Mainly set on the island now called Martha`s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Book description

Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia’s minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe’s shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb’s crossing of cultures.

Like Brooks’s beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha’s Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb’s Crossing further establishes Brooks’s place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

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The Beachcombers by Stephanie Queen

The Beachcombers (Scotland Yard Exchange Book 4)The Beachcombers by Stephanie Queen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beachcombers is a romantic suspense. Shana George is an undercover agent from Sydney who has been assigned to a case in Martha’s Vineyard in America. She must pose as a beach bunny heiress taking part in a surfing competition. She’s been partnered with Dane Blaise a man with a past who was hoping to get some vacation time until The General called him in on the case.

Susan Whittier has gone missing and the surfing competition looks like a fake front for something more sinister. Shana and Dane must work quickly to find and rescue Susan. Local con man Jean Luc Ruse is caught up with a set of much more dangerous men and soon everything must come to a head as time starts to run out for Susan.

This is a well paced book, with plenty of sexual tension between Shana and Dane, I wasn’t sure a couple of times if the character’s security measures matched the storyline, but this was fairly minor and there was the odd typo towards the end. Overall a good read.

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