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* * * * * 5 Stars for Mary Dyer Illuminated
MARY DYER ILLUMINATED is an example of historical fiction at its finest. A biographical work spanning the first forty years of Mary’s life, this novel paints beautiful descriptions of old England and old London. The history is amazingly well researched yet the story is smoothly, clearly drawn on the page. I felt as if Westminster and old Lincolnshire lived for me again.
Part of Christy K Robinson’s charm in writing this novel is her use of primary sources. Quotes from the Bible, from speeches of John Donne, from letters written between the characters pepper the novel with pieces of the living past, drawing the reader deeper into it.
The colonial past of New England is full of courage, but also full of desperation. The evils of slavery and the destruction of the native culture coincide with the darkness of some of the early Puritan fathers who torment even their own people in their bid to hold onto power in their budding theocracy. Throughout the storms of nature, culture clashes and failed crops, Mary manages to raise her family with the loving help of her husband, William.
As the book draws to a close, we begin to see how Mary Dyer will be called out of the private sphere of wife and mother into the world of politics and living theology, when she will be drawn to speak for the Light that dwells within her, and within us all. I am looking forward with pleasure to book two of this duet. MARY DYER ILLUMINATED is a beautiful novel.
--Christy English, historical romance author
For a limited time, Amazon has Vol. 2 for 25% off ($15); and Vol. 3 for $12 (15% off).
The first two books are a two-volume biographical novel, which follow the lives of the Dyers and Hutchinsons, Winthrop and Cotton and Vane, as closely as possible to known facts.
The third book is an entertaining and informative nonfiction topical book on the Dyers and their friends and foes.
All are available in paperback or Kindle with identical interiors, but because of the resources of maps, notes, and images, I recommend old-school paperback. Besides, they look great on your coffee table or history shelf.