Grandmother's Namesake

Grandmother's Namesake

by Cathy Bryant, Jessica Dorman

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June 1693. It has been nearly a year since Susanna Jameson�s beloved grandmother, Susanna North Martin, though innocent, was hung as a witch. Mrs. Martin�s namesake, despairing over the loss, is having a crisis of faith.

Hoping to lift her daughter�s spirits, Susanna�s mother convinces her to visit their friend, Madeline Osgood. Upon Susanna�s arrival, she makes the acquaintance of her elderly friend�s handsome neighbor and business partner, William Gage. While surveying the beautiful young woman, he is immediately captivated. Soon the pair�s interest in each other grows. However, through no fault of his own, Mr. Gage finds himself concealing a terrible secret. An acquaintance, who is also attracted to Susanna, if given an opportunity, would eagerly reveal that secret. What will happen? Will the rival disclose William�s secret in order to win Susanna for himself? Will she be inspired by Madeline�s unshakable faith to rekindle her own?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148427995
Publisher: Innovo Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 282,677
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Inspired by interesting characters and events uncovered while doing genealogical research, mother and daughter writing team, Cathy Lynn Bryant and Jessica Marie Dorman, who live in beautiful New England, have masterfully woven the stories of real people and fictional characters from the 17th century to develop this inspirational, romantic, work of historical fiction.

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BLRocque More than 1 year ago
Grandmother’s Namesake is Susannah Jameson. Young Susannah, nineteen at the time of her grandmother’s death, is having difficulty coming to terms with the loss. We learn in the Prologue that the grandmother, Susanna North Martin, a capable and often outspoken woman, was hung as a witch in 1692 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Book 2 in the Unshakeable Faith Series by Cathy Lynn Bryant and Jessica Marie Dorman, a mother/daughter writing team, GRANDMOTHER’S NAMESAKE is partially based on the authors’ family history. I wanted to read this book because it appears on the Goodreads Listopia list: “Fiction based on the Author’s Ancestors.” The two Susannahs and many of the characters actually lived. Written in an elegantly simple style and with an ear to dialogue suitable to the time, the book’s gentle pace begins by presenting the initial challenge of the story: what can her parents do to help young Susannah overcome the debilitating grief she still feels a year after the horrible event. It was heartwarming to watch a concerned family of deep faith try to help their daughter find her way back to everyday life from the emotional abyss where she is stuck. The character of Maddie, a close friend of the family, is central in the recovery strategy. (A younger Maddie is the protagonist in Book 1 of the Unshakeable Faith Series.) The storyline takes many twists and turns, and I particularly liked the way the story developed, with a few significant pieces of information not revealed right at the start, as well as the slowly evolving romance and its embedded fissures. Susannah, and those who love her, will face tests that will force them to look deeply into their own beliefs about people, about actions, and about forgiveness. If the book had a weakness, for me it was that in the later chapters the number of moments in which the characters pray for guidance was a little too dense. Instead, I would have preferred a greater proportion of references to reflecting/thinking and using the intelligence bestowed on each of us to arrive at decisions rather than expecting guidance for every decision, including many minor ones. That being said, I do think GRANDMOTHER’S NAMESAKE offers multiple models of outstanding human behavior ---what caring individuals do and say to help each other, while respecting individual rights and preferences, whether in the late 1600s or in our time