A sweeping saga beginning in England, 1630 that follows a family on their journey to making The New World their home.
Mary never wanted to leave their small village, but when he father wants her to marry a business associate of his, she chooses the widowed baker, Barnabas, who is the father of two young boys.
While Barnabas finds Mary helpful in running his household and raising his boys, he is determined to remain faithful to the memory of his late wife, Ann. Barnabas decides to takes his family to America for a new start, yet their troubles follow them over the waters.
This is a book that tells of the hardships faced by women following their husbands to The New World. Mary tries to reach out the other women, but what is missing is her family.
Barnabas is hard to like, and even though his intentions were good, and he treats Mary well, there are miles of emotional distance between them. For many reasons this made this book a hard one to read, as it covered the span of ten years, and at times things felt overlong or choppy.
My favorite part of the book though, was the friendship that developed between Mary and Winnie. Winnie is a wise woman, a Corchang Indian who has a deep understanding of spiritual matters, though her faith is new.
In closing, this was not the easiest book for me to get through, but Mary was a heroine well worth cheering for, she is compassionate, patient, resilient in the face of the many trials that tested her faith. And while this book wasn't quite right for me, I found many things worth admiring, and would recommend it to fans of books with a strong heroine.
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