The Salty Rose
2020 WINNER for GENRE FICTION Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards
From the author of One of Windsor: The Untold Story of Americas’s First Witch Hanging comes another fascinating historical novel about an insider’s view of how New Amsterdam became New York.
Marie du Trieux, a tavern keeper with a salty tongue and a heart of gold, struggles as she navigates love and loss, Native Wars, and possible banishment by authorities in the unruly trading port of New Amsterdam, an outpost of the Dutch West India Company.
In New England, John Tinker, a merchant and assistant to a renowned alchemist and eventual leader of Connecticut Colony, must come to terms with a family tragedy of dark proportions, all the while supporting his mentor’s secret quest to find the Northwest Passage, a desired trading route purposed to mystically unite the East with the West.
As the lives of Marie and John become intertwined through friendship and trade, a search for justice of a Dutch woman accused of witchcraft in Hartford put them on a collision course affecting not only their own destinies, but also the fate of colonial America.
One of Windsor
A Chilling Story From Windsor: Connecticut's Earliest Town and the Home of Alice 'Alse' Young, the Unfortunate First Victim of the Connecticut Witch Trials
The Prequel to the Salem Witch Trials and One of the Most Appalling Cover-Ups in American History!
Alice, a young woman prone to intuitive insights and loyalty to the only family she has ever known, leaves England for the rigid colony of the Massachusetts Bay in 1635 in hopes of reuniting with them again. Finally settling in Windsor, Connecticut, she encounters the rich American wilderness and its inhabitants, her own healing abilities, and the blinding fears of Puritan leaders which collide and set the stage for America’s first witch hanging, her own, on May 26, 1647.
This event and Alice’s ties to her beloved family are catalysts that influence Connecticut’s Governor John Winthrop Jr. to halt witchcraft hangings in much later years.
Paradoxically, these same ties and the memory of the incidents that led to her accusation become a secret and destructive force behind Cotton Mather’s written commentary on the Salem witch trials of 1692, provoking further witchcraft hysteria in Massachusetts forty-five years after her death.
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