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A fledgling colony on the shores of the James River struggles desperately to survive and earn the good will of the King of England as Spanish dons, ruthless pirates, and lurking Indians plot to destroy Jamestown and its handful of colonists. Within this world, a simple, godly soldier braves all odds to defend his honor and his duty to uphold God’s sacred laws, all the whilA fledgling colony on the shores of the James River struggles desperately to survive and earn the good will of the King of England as Spanish dons, ruthless pirates, and lurking Indians plot to destroy Jamestown and its handful of colonists. Within this world, a simple, godly soldier braves all odds to defend his honor and his duty to uphold God’s sacred laws, all the while fighting to win the love of his new wife.To Have and to Hold brings to life the exciting beginnings of America, weaving a story of adventure, intrigue and romance with providence and perseverance in colonial Jamestown. This exciting story makes a wonderful family read-aloud, as well as a “can’t put down” book for the individual reader, capturing the imaginations of young and old, men and women alike....

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To Have and to Hold: A Tale of Providence and Perseverance in Colonial Jamestown Reviews

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-29 18:33

    This is one of the most captivating novels I’ve read in a long time. Originally published in 1907 for the Jamestown tercentennial, it was republished last year for the four hundredth birthday of the Jamestown settlement. Appropriately, the setting is colonial Jamestown. Several history characters are introduced and become a part of the story. James Rolfe is the best friend of the story’s hero. A good writer can bring readers to laughter and tears, and Mary Johnston does both. The story has been revised by Joshua and Sarah Wean. Whatever you may be looking for in a novel, from romance, adventure, intrigue, history, forgiveness, repentance, and the mercy of God, this book has it all. Captain Ralph Percy is our hero, and a hero worthy of the name. He goes into Jamestown at the suggestion of a friend, who had informed him that he ought to take a wife. Many single young ladies were just arriving from England to be wives of the settlers, so the present time was an excellent opportunity. Captain Percy is a gentleman, and delivers a lovely young woman from being insulted. She accepted his marriage proposal on the spot. He is a Christian gentleman, and vows to love, cherish, and protect his wife with his life, though it’s little she seems to care about it. Throughout the book, Percy battles hostile Indians, Spaniards, haughty English nobles, his wife’s indifference to him, and his own natural desire for revenge, to eventually win his heart’s desire. He constantly affirms and follows through with his duty, even through the many dangerous and precarious situations it brings him to. At last when he can conquer his bitterest enemy, he cannot bring himself to kill him as it would displease and dishonor God. This book is definitely to be highly recommended for the storyline, never mind the excellent history content. Boys and girls of all ages will relish the adventure, admire a clear picture of a valiant, Godly man, and respect a woman who chooses truth, honor and love.

  • Carol
    2019-01-03 18:43

    This book, a first edition published in 1900, was a gift to me by my son Carson. It is the basis of the first movie he was cast in which was filmed in November 2011. This book was the favorite novel of the producer's deceased wife. It was billed as a love story. There is a love story that develops throughout the book; however, I thought the book was more a commentary on early life in the Jamestown colony, the relationships among the men in a primarily male community, as well as the ever shifting relationships with the American Indians. The love story clearly exposed how little say women of that era had in their life choices as well has how politics impacted their choices. The book is beautifully written in a time before television and motion pictures; the descriptive language, takes a while to get use to reading. However, once the tempo is established the reader is particularly captivated with the descriptions of the stormy ocean, pristine forests, dark nights, beautiful spring days. There is something in this book for everyone: colonists, Indians, pirates, British aristocrats, preachers, bad guys, and of course a beautiful woman. You have to read all the way to the very last five pages to grasp the ending. A beautiful gift, with that old book smell, that I will cherish forever.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-05 00:36

    This is one of my favorite books, and I have an excellent first edition copy. I notice that some people did not like the Vision Forum edition (while I like Vision Forum, I despise edited books), so I would recommend that someone either order an unedited copy from a used book store or read the free Project Gutenburg copy. The history in this is so accurate that I got every related question on my college history entrance exam correct, since I had just finished reading it! I would highly recommend it to anyone and have given several copies away to friends. It had good moral value and a very gallant hero. I love this story!

  • Laura Verret
    2019-01-09 22:21

    A tale of adventure and Providence set in early Jamestown.The Story.I, Ralph Percy had no intention to marry. I am a landholder, but more importantly, a soldier in the new world. As such, I have neither the leisure nor inclination to establish a family. Nevertheless, I was delighted to be visited by my good friend, John Rolfe – husband of the beautiful Indian princess, Pocahontas. He brought news, interesting news – 'twould seem that a shipload of young women, fresh from England, was to be unloaded the next day at Jamestown harbor. He urged me to consider finding a wife amongst them, and, in deference to our long-standing friendship, I agreed to journey to Jamestown and view the cargo.It was there that I saw her – beautiful, regal, pure – with a passionate fire in her glance, and disdain in her eyes. My blood rose. Here, undoubtedly, was my bride. I secured her with one hundred and twenty pounds of tobacco (the price for a bride), and was married to her on the spot. But it was not until I brought her to my home that I learned the truth; that she was the lady Jocelyn Leigh, a noblewoman who – to escape marriage to a dishonorable man – deserted both land and fortune in her flight to the new world.She married me only to form an barrier which that man could not surmount. I was being used by this majestic, delicate creature. So be it. Used or no, she would have my protection.But the real adventure was to begin when Lord Carnal, the same man she fled England to escape, docked on our shores, eager to claim his – now my – bride. He wielded as his protection the power of none less than the King of England. But I serve a greater King – a King in whose name I took my bride to have, and to hold.Discussion.Ralph Percy is a manly man. He is a principled, courageous man. He is a man who gives his promise only in a good cause and, once he has given it, keeps it. He marries Jocelyn thinking to procure added happiness for himself. Instead, he finds that she is a woman sought after by the king’s favorite and that he is in danger of his life should their marriage be discovered. And then Lord Carnal arrives.A pragmatic man would have deserted the lady on the spot. After all – she has given him no real happiness, no love or affection. Why should he risk his life in a venture in which he has been the victim of ill-usage and deceit? The woman has created her own problems – let her solve them, too!But Ralph Percy is not pragmatic. The woman is his wife – his to protect and cherish. So, even though by doing so he risks royal displeasure, he defies Lord Carnal.The rest of the novel documents the struggle between these two as Lord Carnal engages every means both fair and foul to separate Ralph Percy from his wife. In the course of the novel, Percy’s unswerving faith in Providence and unconditional love for Jocelyn work upon her heart, and she in her turn comes to love the man whom she has placed in such grave danger – and the God he worships. Will Percy and Jocelyn’s story end happily? Now that would be a spoiler!One of the things that I most appreciated was how tastefully the romance was handled. As Percy and Jocelyn are wed in the third chapter of the book, having never seen each other before, all romantic developments occur after marriage and are therefore appropriate. Even then, the authoress is careful, and no scenes are included which portray intimacy. Love, affection, yes. Intimacy, no.Another was the overarching theme of the book which is, of course, the providence of God. Percy is a man whose hope and trust is placed in Christ the King. Through his faithless love, his wife comes, too, to know the Sovereign. However, To Have and to Hold has none of your silly platitude-spouting Christianity – it is solid and deep. Consider this quote from Percy, speaking of marriage.“The King cannot regulate an institution which God has ordained. His holy law trumps the word even of a sovereign; yea, even a King that I heartily respect and honor.” [pgs. 164-165]And, of course, one last little bonus was the fact that the main character’s name was Percy, as that is the name of one of my favorite characters in all literature. (I’m lookin’ at you, Blakeney!)Conclusion. An excellent story of adventure, Godly character, and persevering love. Recommended.Visit my website to enter the giveaway for a chance to read this book!http://blitheringbookster.com/home/20...

  • Jenny Q
    2018-12-31 23:39

    I selected this title for the collection, and it's my favorite of our inaugural line-up. But then, I am a sucker for anything Colonial American! To Have and to Hold was originally published as a serial, so you can expect lots of dramatic twists and turns. It's rich in real history with gorgeous language and beautiful descriptions, and Captain Ralph Percy is To. Die. For. The author led a pretty interesting life, too. Check out the story behind the story on The Vintage Reader.

  • Carol Storm
    2019-01-18 23:44

    I stumbled across this book by accident when I was teaching high school and had access to the musty old supply room. There were thirty copies of the "adapted" version which must have been used to teach remedial readers forty or fifty years ago. Not exactly a good recommendation for a book!Still, the moment I started this book I was absolutely hooked. It's like OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, a historical novel which happens to chart the course of a passionate romance. All the more intriguing in that it's got a first-person narrator, but it's the hero, not the heroine! And he himself doesn't realize, until very late in the book, that love is what's driving him to protect the high born heroine, through storms, pirates, Indian massacres, and cruel plots by a Satanic nobleman. This is an amazing story and the book is well worth tracking down if you can find it!

  • Linore
    2019-01-04 21:36

    This book was an unexpected delight. Besides the fascinating historicity of 17th century life in the early Virginia settlement (Jamestown), there is a love story, a good meaty villain, and a winsome, well developed cast of characters. The place sketches (land, water, geography, topography) is so well drawn by the author that you can feel the wilderness about you while reading. The heroine is perhaps the "weak" spot in the book. She is a stereotypical frail beauty, retiring, shy, and breathtaking. She does manage to make a small claim upon the heart by the ending chapters particularly; and the chapters where Indians are prevalent are really eye-opening. We get to see how treacherous life was back then, and appreciate the cunning and subtlety of the native enemies. Great history, fun story, go for it.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-30 20:35

    I learned a bit of Jamestown history that I wasn't aware of. I am not big on fiction or love stories. I never read them. I highly recommend this book inspite of that. The relationship between the "couple" was handled very responsibly and respectfully raising this book to a whole new level. Far above typical christian romance.

  • Grace
    2019-01-20 00:29

    I love this book. So very romantic, and exciting, in a Victorian sort of way but minus the dripping sentimentality. Rather like the Scarlet Pimpernel, actually!

  • Genevieve Graham
    2018-12-27 19:19

    In Which I Summarize My ThoughtsI had no idea what to expect with this. I didn't realize “To Have And To Hold” was the #1 bestselling book of 1900, and perhaps I should have researched before committing to do a review; however, the whole idea of immersing myself in Jamestown 1621 was fairly intoxicating. I'm a big John Smith / Pocahontas fan, and it was an added treat for the author to include Rolfe, Pocahontas' husband. He is only a slight character, occasionally peeking out from the curtains to support our hero, Ralph Percy, but he's noble nonetheless. We even meet Pocahontas' brother, who plays an important role in the end.Because I had no idea what I was about to read, the first few pages left me dizzy. I had to lock myself in a quiet room to concentrate, explaining to the family that I was reading Shakespeare, and would they all just please go away. Of course that's an exaggeration; however, the prose in the book was so beautiful and elegantly drawn it did require my full attention. An example near the start:Life is like one of those endless Italian corridors, painted, picture after picture, by a master hand;and man is the traveler through it, taking his eyes from one scene but to rest them upon another.Some remain a blur in his mind; some he remembers not;for some he has but to close his eyes and he sees them again,line for line, tint for tint, the whole spirit of the piece.Ahh. So soothing.The storyline jumps from the unbelievable to the unbelievable; however, those of us who research history can see how the unbelievable could have possibly been a reality. And if it goes a little over the top eventually, well, it is fiction after all.Our hero, Ralph, heads out with a friend as a ship pulls into port, bearing eligible women. He ends up choosing to wed a fair maiden who—hiding from an unwanted marriage—has hidden her true noble identity and disguises herself as a maid. She is different from the start, cool and delicate, quiet yet overcome with emotion at times, and he is surprised to discover he not only wants to be a good husband, but he is falling in love with her.Yes, readers, this is a Historical Romance. How many bedroom scenes? None. Not even on their wedding night—and Ralph accepts that. How much wild, passionate groping? None. How many sweet, chaste kisses? Ah, well, there are a few of those, and every one of them is precious. Because over time, as they battle enemies and voyage far, facing certain death numerous times, being charged with treason, joining up with pirates (where Ralph settles neatly into the role of captain), racing from the furious onslaught of murderous Indians during the Powhatan Uprising in March 1622, and engaging in duels with a particularly nasty stuffed shirt from the King's court.It was difficult for me to be completely swallowed up by the tale, though it is full of adventure and heroism (which I love), but I think that's because I'm used to the more elaborate methods of writing we normally read in this day and age. I'm spoiled. I want to hear a soundtrack, sense the wind and the grass and the spray of the ocean. This is much more matter- of-fact. If you're a reader comfortable with writing done before 1900 I am sure you'll become infatuated with Ms Johnston's skill—I can't resist sharing more—here's another bit, after the party is in a shipwreck and left on a small island to die:The ocean, quiet now, dreamed beneath the moon and cared not for the five livesit had cast upon that span of sand.See? It's more like poetry to me than regular novel writing.The narrative is first person (Ralph's POV). I expected the story to be droll and sleepy, but Ralph's a pretty funny guy, with a quick wit and a no-nonsense approach. The secondary characters are wonderful, supportive, and creative. I'm giving this a 3.5 because I won't go out of my way to seek out this kind of writing in the future; however, if you're into that kind of period writing, it's probably a 4.

  • Damson
    2018-12-29 23:28

    I have a mixed response to this book. I liked the descriptive prose and the story but then I started to find the words were getting in the way of the story. I skipped several chunks of the book by reading just the first line of some paragraphs. The relationship didn't develop or grow and the interaction between the couple needed something more. I liked the setting and the history but at times it felt like swimming through treacle. I didn't find it particularly 'christian'. Lots to like and lots not to like.

  • Lisa Rathbun
    2019-01-03 17:25

    I really like this adventure story. The hero is not exactly politically correct, but his courage and chivalry are exciting. In history class, it's almost like "Jamestown, Pilgrims, Revolutionary War", but there are 150 years of American history there that often get overlooked. This book lets you see how tenuous a hold those first settlers had in this New World.

  • Natalie Weber
    2019-01-03 18:41

    A heartwarming account of a man and his sacrificial love for his wife as he fights for her safety in the face of a multitude of trials and dangerous situations. The story is captivating and kept me up late into the night for several nights in a row!

  • Bekah
    2019-01-02 21:31

    Fun adventure love story, I just prefer those type of stories with a stronger female role usually (yes I'm a feminist at heart- though a homemaker feminist)- though it wasn't written when that would have been in demand- and I didn't like how the Indians were always portrayed-

  • Sara
    2018-12-28 17:22

    This book was required reading for me my senior year in high school. My teacher loved it. I wasn't as thrilled.The story is okay. I definitely wasn't one for any romance at that time in my life. The Jamestown setting was interesting.'Od's blood! It was not my cup of tea.

  • Caitlin
    2019-01-07 21:26

    I like Vision Forums version. I think it's cool how the guy sticks with her even though she is using him.

  • Gaile
    2019-01-19 00:23

    Boring, boring, boring --- never finished.

  • Vivian
    2019-01-21 23:46

    This panoramic adventure story reads like a fortunately / unfortunately tale of unrequited love, political intrigue, and survival--all painted on the historic canvas of the Jamestown colony of 1619-1620.Our story begins with the most welcome arrival of a "ship of maidens" and a confirmed batchelor's decision to watch the spectacle with detached interest. Predicatably, he bargains for a bride and gets much more (and much less) than anticipated.Penned by Mary Johnston (born 1870) and first published in 1907 as part of the three hundredth birthday of the Jamestown settlement, the book is written in a language and style not used today. The forward and endnotes proved very helpful in grasping the setting and the many archaic references. This was read first during the Edwardian era, when men and women alike had fancy namecards printed and left them when they visited. I enjoyed stepping back into that time, reading this story with all its descriptions and romantic flourishes. The treatment of the settlers and the natives seemed to me to be handled fairly, even during this time of political correctness unilke today's. I put forth the opening paragraph as I would an icecream sample at a specialty shoppe...The work of the day being over, I sat down upon my doorstep, pipe in hand, to rest a while in the cool of the evening. Death is not more still than is this Virginian land in the hour when the sun has sunk away, and it is black beneath the trees, and the stars brighten slowly and softly, one by one. The birds that sing all day have hushed, and the horned owls, the monster frogs, and that strange and ominous fowl which we English call the whippoorwill, are yet silent. Later the wolf will howl and the panther scream, but now there is no sound. The winds are laid, and the restless leaves droop and are quiet. The low lap of the water among the reeds is like the breathing of one who sleeps in his watch.Definitely written from a Judeo-Christian worldview, the book could be shared as a family read-aloud. If it had been made into a film in an earlier era, Vivien Leigh could best have played the role of our heroine and Clark Gable could have been our hero, or Errol Flynn. I'd give the part of hero to Tom Cruise or Matt Damon today and m-a-y-b-e Keira Knightly could play the lady.

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-22 01:38

    Adventurous historical romance. Written a century ago. Set in 1620, Colonial Jamestown, Virginia, and on the high seas, aboard a pirate ship, deep in the woods, etc. Dialogue is written in an older English, so it may be challenging, but narration is in modern English. I'm aware that an edited, "christianized" version is out there, but I want the original. It's FREE at Feedbooks: http://www.feedbooks.com/book/6690/to... I plan to read this, since it became such a bestseller a century ago. Apparently it made it into Hollywood, too. Supposedly, it's got humor, passion, action, mystery, desperation, etc. Plot: Jocelyn Leigh, the ward of King James I, flees England and the upcoming nuptials James has arranged for her. In the New World, can she make a new life? She marries Ralph Percy without telling him her circumstances. He buys her, actually. When her ignoble fiancé comes hunting her down, what will Percy do? (Her abhorrent fiancé goes by the name Lord Carnal. Hmmm...) From Wikipedia synopsis: "Lord Carnal attempts to kidnap Jocelyn several times and eventually follows Ralph, Jocelyn, and their two companions, as they escape from the King's orders to arrest Ralph and carry Jocelyn back to England. This romance-epic-adventure novel carries the reader along with humor, shipwreck, pirates, entrapment, false accusations, trial, colonial conflict with Native Americans, capture, rescue, suicide, salvation, love, happy ending -- what more could one want?"

  • Jo Notary
    2019-01-05 23:38

    301p A dauntless hero will do whatever it takes to win the heart of his bride in Mary Johnston 19s bestselling historical adventure set in colonial Jamestown Captain Percy is the embodiment of bravery. At the suggestion of a friend, he boards a ship to America to stake his claim in the New World 14and perhaps even meet the woman of his dreams. Meanwhile, eligible women are setting sail to the very same place on 1Cbride ships 1D in order to find husbands and forge new lives. Jocelyn Leigh is one such lady. She fled Europe in order to escape an unwanted suitor, but much to her dismay, he follows her across the Atlantic.Jocelyn thinks that her problems are over when Captain Percy rescues her and asks for her hand in marriage. But life in Jamestown is far from easy. From swashbuckling pirates to kidnapping plots, from hostile Spaniards to wary indigenous tribes, danger seems to lurk in every corner of the new colony. Johnston 19s most popular novel, To Have and to Hold is a classic adventure for all ages.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

  • Meredith
    2019-01-08 01:38

    I first taught this book 20 years ago with the original author Mary Johnstone. It went out of print, though I still had my old worn out copy. I was so thrilled to see it was republished. However, I am disturbed by the liberties the new editors took to overly Christianize this to their own slanted view of Christianity. They changed Jeremy Sparrow into a Separatist minister, which historically would not be correct for Jamestown. The scene with Carnal and Percy on the ship in which Jocelyn eloquently speaks on Percy's behalf is changed so that she bows to Carnal instead of kisses him changes the whole impact of the scene. There are other minor instances in which they changes the exchanges between Jocelyn and Percy to so she "repents" of her lack of submission/love. They also take out things like the roll of ambes ace and card playing to appeal to the fundamentalist audience that published it. I was highly disappointed with the new version. Read the original on kindle for $1. One can still enjoy this edition as the plot and characterization are excellent.

  • Steve Hemmeke
    2019-01-18 01:29

    Written 100 years ago as a work of historical fiction, Mary Johnston's book has been "enhanced and edited to reflect the providential hand of God in history and to honor His name."That kind of thing doesn't usually float my boat, as a literary and historical purist. But I gave it a shot, and it was worth the time.There were plenty plot twists and surprises to achieve decent "grip," keeping me turning pages. The window into Indian life, and the politics of Jamestown after its survival was more assured, were most insightful, historically. The main plot theme of the marriage keys off the historical reality of a "shipment" to Jamestown of ladies to help the colony thrive. It does well to show there were bad guys and good guys on both Indian and English sides.Solid, good reading for 12-15 year olds. I almost gave it to my 11 year old daughter, and still might, but there are a few scenes of cruelty.

  • Thom Swennes
    2018-12-23 21:34

    Necessity is the mother of invention and sometimes the product of desperation. Set in the Puritan colony of Jamestown, Virginia a woman of noble birth and ward of the king flees to the American Continent to escape an undesirable arranged marriage. To Have and to Hold, published in 1900 and written by Mary Johnston (1870-1936) is well worth the reading. Jocelyn Leigh was verbally given to the King’s favorite, Lord Carnal but preferred the uncertainties of colonial life to marriage by another’s design. Jocelyn agrees to marry Ralph Percy, a soldier and Virginia planter. The marriage is one of convenience but mutual consent. After a year of marriage life, Lord Carnal arrives and, upon discovering his promised bride, demanded his perceived due. The desperate married couple flees into the wilderness. This narrative has everything, love/hate, pirates/Indians and enough action to keep the reader turning the pages. I found it a surprisingly well written novel and a great story.

  • Paula
    2019-01-01 20:21

    I read this book, because I wanted to get a feel for life in colonial Jamestown, and thought that an historical novel would be a painless way to accomplish that. Since the author was a woman, I thought that it would avoid much of the violence of the time. However, this author didn't flinch. The book reads like a slow paced action movie. It has many "out of the frying pan into the fire" types of situations, but they are drawn out for page after page, chapter after chapter. I was hoping for more character driven drama, with insight into the historic figures who lived in that era. Instead, I was given Indian raids, pirates, and murderous villains. Aside from a little name dropping, I found nothing that would give me insight into that time and place. The book might appeal to someone who likes a little action mixed with a little romance. It is not my cup of tea.

  • Kevin
    2019-01-16 21:31

    History, adventure, pirates, indians, unrequited love, devotion, passion - this book has it all. That may be why it is so hard to take, but also why it is so captivating. It is a story told a million times with a colonial Virginia backdrop. That is not intended to diminish the tale. It is a very enjoyable story. Captain Percy is gallant and brave. He would be a hero in any generation. The Lady Joclyn might have shocked the readers of the late 19th century with her daring and determination. Together, through an untold number of mishaps and against the plotting of Lord Carnal, they eventually find love.Mary Johnson wrote a vivid and entertaining book. History buffs looking for something light with just enough realism and pace to keep their attention will enjoy the book. And for 99 cents that's a great deal.

  • Eli King
    2019-01-19 20:42

    Okay, call me a sap, a hopeless romantic...whatever. This is one of my all time favorite books that I devoured in about a week after borrowing it from a friend. The story is incredible, suspenseful and interesting from beginning to end. While it might be a "romance" by category, I've read mystery thrillers with more mush in them than this, and I'm not sure they were even half as long. This book is old, but the edition I read is actually the one published by Vision Forum Ministries, which I believe has actually been Christianized somewhat more than the original story was. I wouldn't say I found the book preachy, however. I really just enjoyed the story. Highly recommended to anyone who doesn't mind a slightly slower read written in a somewhat dated style.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-05 22:25

    What a delightful book! A friend loaned me this beautiful copy, and I had a great few days filled with reading it. :) The story line follows a lady in great distress and her champion- her husband. It is a beautiful love story that shows true love in every step. Love isn't always the mushy holding hands and kissing, it is really the self-sacrifice and devotion which is shown in this story. I also appreciated the men in this book. Though there are some awful rouges, there are more men who are of good character! These men aren't perfect but they live their lives honoring God first, family second, and their fellow man third. This is definitely a book that I see myself adding to my bookshelf!

  • Peter Pactor
    2019-01-18 21:29

    I decided to read all the best sellers from the twentieth century. To Have And To Hold was the best seller of 1900. When I read it, it was clear why it was so popular. This is a story of a man seeking a wife from a shipment of women who were seeking a husband. There weren't many women in Virginia at that time.He found one and married her that day, but he didn't know that she was the king's ward. She fled because the king said she had to marry one of his lords (the villain). The story's plot is how the two of them overcame the obstacles presented by the villain so that finally they became truly in love by the end of the story.It is a great tale and it's still very much worth reading today.There are several books titled: To Have and To Hold. Choose the one written by Mary Johnston.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-19 18:39

    This is a wonderful book written around 1900 by Mary Johnston. It is a love story and heroic tale set in the early English settlement of Jamestown, VA. A English ship loaded with young women arrives in the town to purchased as brides for the men. Ralph Percy pays the price in tobacco for a beautiful young woman posing as a former ladies maid. But in truth she turns out to be a lady of the court and ward of the King of England. A Lord Carnal arrives and says she was promised to him and does everything he can to steal her away. There are great adventures with pirates and fighting with the native Indians that play into the love story. The author was a wonderful writer.

  • Anna Mcfarland
    2018-12-21 23:16

    Set in Colonial Jamestown, this book is anything but dry. When a ship arrives with women, men hurry to wed them because of the lack of women in the colony. The story follows Captain Ralph Percy. The brave soldier protects a woman from a fool who was forcing his attentions on her. Percy ends up proposing to the woman and she accepts only for a roof over her head. The woman’s identity is a mystery. This man protects her through many dangers (Indians, swashbuckling pirates) and at last, he secures her love. The authoress has action, romance, and good moral message of the sanctity of marriage.