I’m happy and proud as a mamma to announce the release of Glenmere Press’s latest title, Anne of the Fens, historical romantic suspense written for teens as well as adults who can’t get their hands on enough great YA fiction.
Author Gretchen Gibbs – author of The Book of Maggie Bradstreet, a novel that brought the Colonial witch trials to life for readers – now explores the life of yet another of the young Bradstreet women, both of them Gretchen’s own ancestors. Well researched and lovingly portrayed, Anne of the Fens is about the spirited young Anne Bradstreet, who as an adult became America’s first published poet, and whose work and words are honored to this day.
The story in Anne of the Fens is one of thrilling suspense, as Anne tries to help a fugitive escape. The novel is new to The Bradstreet Chronicles, Gretchen’s series that can be read in any order.
Anne grew up in a turbulent era of religious intolerance in early 16th century England. We know a lot about her, through her poetry that became famous throughout the English-speaking world, as well as through abundant historical records about her Puritan family’s quarrels with King Charles, their flight to the New World, and the important role they played in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Here’s a snippet from Jenny Maloney’s review of the novel on Criminal Element:
“Anne Dudley is a fifteen year old who has very little experience when it comes to trouble – that’s more her sister Sarah’s issue. Raised as a Puritan, Anne knows it is wicked to lie, cheat, steal, and lust after men. Still, she is caught in a world that is anything but Godly and pure. Her religion prohibits the reading of certain books, like William Shakespeare. And, on the other side of things, King Charles I is demanding taxes and limiting her family’s freedom because of their religion.
When Anne discovers her father is hiding a Puritan fugitive from the King’s justice, she finds herself learning how to lie. She sneaks the man, John Holland, food. During their midnight meetings, she discovers that perhaps she feels more than just duty towards him. However, as she gets to know John and becomes better at telling lies, she starts to wonder if she isn’t being lied to.”
I asked Gretchen Gibbs to provide a bit of background for the story and explain how she came to write the novel. Next Thursday, May 7, I’ll introduce her and post our interview.
In that post I’ll also let you in on our giveaway – a contest to win a free copy of Anne of the Fens.