Best Amy Belding Brown books

Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America

Amy Belding Brown

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A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson

“An authentic drama of Indian captivity…A compelling, emotionally gripping tale.”—Eliot Pattison, author of the Mystery of Colonial America series

She suspects that she has changed too much to ever fit easily into English society again. The wilderness has now become her home. She can interpret the cries of birds. She has seen vistas that have stolen away her breath. She has learned to live in a new, free way.... 

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.

Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.

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Mr. Emerson's Wife: A Novel

Amy Belding Brown

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In this novel about Ralph Waldo Emerson's wife, Lidian, Amy Belding Brown examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage. Living in the shadow of one of the most famous men of her time, Lidian becomes deeply disappointed by marriage, but consigned to public silence by social conventions and concern for her children and her husband's reputation. Drawn to the erotic energy and intellect of close family friend Henry David Thoreau, she struggles to negotiate the confusing territory between love and friendship while maintaining her moral authority and inner strength. In the course of the book, she deals with overwhelming social demands, faces devastating personal loss, and discovers the deepest meaning of love. Lidian eventually discovers the truth of her own character and learns that even our faults can lead us to independence.

Strawberry Lace

Amy Belding Brown

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When Chelsea Adams agrees to cater Muriel Winter’s Independence Day party, she has mixed feelings. She’s eager to widen her company’s clientele in southern Maine, but it’s hard to hide her distaste for her wealthy employer’s condescending elitism. Chelsea’s problems multiply when she meets Muriel’s handsome son, Jeff Blaine, and finds she must struggle to resist the powerful longings he awakens in her. Muriel soon detects the chemistry between them and makes it clear she’ll destroy Chelsea’s business if she shows any interest in Jeff.

To regain control of her turbulent feelings, Chelsea spends her off-hours with long-time friend Stuart Potter, a down-to-earth lobsterman. When Stuart surprises her by proposing marriage, Chelsea accepts in the belief it will resolve her problems and stabilize her life.

But Chelsea’s emotions are not to be tamed with an engagement ring. When circumstances repeatedly bring her into contact with Jeff, she’s forced to decide: Will she choose a sensible prudence? Or will she follow the bewildering desires of her incautious heart?

Originally published in 1994, this light romance is now available for the first time in ebook and trade paperback.

Yellow Crocus

Laila Ibrahim

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Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.

Revised edition: This edition of Yellow Crocus includes editorial revisions.

Island Summer Love

Amy Belding Brown

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Allison Curtis knows she’s the luckiest woman in New England when she accepts the proposal of the wealthy and charming bachelor, Cabot Wilder. But when his socialite mother insists on planning the fall wedding, Allison accepts her best friend’s pleas to spend the summer with her on picturesque Harper’s Island, off the Maine coast. There she’ll be able to relax and calm her pre-wedding jitters.

But from the moment of her arrival, Allison’s days are anything but calm. She repeatedly crosses paths with the disturbingly handsome lobsterman, Brent Connors, who arouses her secret desires and intensifies all her doubts about the future. And when Cabot makes a surprise visit to the island, Allison is forced to choose between her longings and her loyalties.

Originally published in 1992, this light romance is now available for the first time in ebook and trade paperback.

Mr. Emerson's Wife [Paperback] [2006] (Author) Amy Belding Brown

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By Amy Belding Brown Mr. Emerson's Wife (First Edition)

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Mr. Emerson's Wife

Island Summer Love by Amy Belding Brown (1992-07-03)

Amy Belding Brown

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Mr. Emerson's Wife by Amy Belding Brown (2006-05-30)

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Good Housekeeping July 1994 Jacqueline Jackie Kennedy Cover, Richard Nixon's Tribute to Pat, Catherine Cookson Fiction, Amy Belding Brown Fiction, Matthew Lesko

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