About the Author:
A desert rat, I am a native of Tucson, AZ. I earned my B.A. from Chapman College in Los Angeles, CA (now Chapman University in Orange, CA) and taught in California secondary schools.
Author Mary Ellen Barnes is the author of several books. To see them all visit her Amazon Central Page by clicking here.
About the book:
The true story of one woman’s indomitable spirit and her love for the hawks she raises in the time of Charles I of England, Cromwell, and the New Colonies. Frances Latham, daughter of the royal falconer, is expected to tend her brothers and marry a farmer’s son, but she yearns for freedom to study in London, to hunt with the hawks she loves, and to marry at her will. Her spirit will carry her from a stifling country life to the bustling streets of London, through the harrowing hell of the plague, and eventually to the shores of the New World where Frances struggles to raise eleven children and pass on a better legacy than the one she endured. History buffs will become immersed in this panorama of the English court, country life, the grueling voyage to colonial America, the harsh life settlers endured on its shores, and encounters with Anne Hutchinson and Miantonomi, the Narragansett sachem.
What readers are saying:
~ Barnes has created a mammoth work, reinforced by diligent research, clear knowledge of her theme, and a passion for the woman who inspired her to such a level of accomplishment.
~ The heroine was a strong women for her time and endured discrimination.
~ Mary Ellen Barnes has done a superb job of transporting her readers to the 17th Century