Discovering Anya Seton

For Christmas this year, I received a copy of Anya Seton’s historical novel, “The Winthrop Woman.” I was expecting the book to be the literary equivalent of bran cereal–dull but good for me–but instead it turned out to be a truffle. Instead of being a stodgy dated example of 1950s historical fiction, it was a marvelously well researched and written page-turner. For those unfamiliar with the work, it is a novelization of the life of Elizabeth Winthrop, an early Puritan settler whose independence and self-will often clashes with the patriarchs of her influential family. Epic in scope, it follows her through two continents, three husbands and more than 50 years. It also gave me a new perspective on religious freedom among the early settlers. At least as portrayed by Seton, the Puritans who emigrated to America wanted religious freedom for themselves, but promptly turn to oppressing others as soon as they arrived here. The culture clash between the relatively liberal early Dutch colonies and oppressive British colonies was fascinating as well. I can’t wait to dive into more Seton: “Katherine” is next on my TBR pile.

About Linda Morris

Linda Morris is a multipublished writer of contemporary and historical romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, and a joke or two thrown in. When she's not writing, working, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's "Ashes in the Wind" that her mom bought for her at a garage sale years ago was her "gateway drug" into the world of romance novels. Her all-time favorite romance writers include Laura Kinsale, Patricia Gaffney, Elizabeth Delancey, and Marjorie Ferrell. Current favorites include Julie Anne Long, Erin McCarthy, and Shannon McKenna.
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