The Missing Years of The Scarlet Letter : A Novel

Book - 2010
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Upon the death of her demonic husband, Hester Prynne is left a widow, and her daughter Pearl, a wealthy heiress. Hester takes her daughter to live a quiet life in England - only to find herself drawn into the circle of the most powerful Puritan of all time, Oliver Cromwell.From the moment Hester donned the famous scarlet letter, it instilled in her the power to see the sins and hypocrisy of others, an ability not lost on the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. To Cromwell, Hester's sight is either a sign of sorcery or a divine gift that Hester must use to assist the divinely chosen in his scheming to control England.  Since sorcery carries a death sentence, Hester is compelled against her will to use her sight to assist Cromwell. She soon finds herself entangled in a web of political intrigue, espionage, and forbidden love. Hester will carry readers away to seventeenth century England with a deeply human story of family, love, history, desire, weakness, and the human ideal.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312583927
Branch Call Number: FICTION REED
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 25, 2012

Hester is about the Scarlet Lettered woman. Scorned and abandoned by her true love, she moves on. Back to England with the illigetimate daughter she had with the man who was forbidden. Thinking she will be free and start her life anew for herself and her daughter, Pearl, she moves in with her dear friend. Sadly, this friend is married to a puritian who is a follower of Oliver Cromwell, the lord protector of England. This man, with the "best " of intentions, seeks out Hester due to her ability to see into the hearts and minds of all who may stand in his ever cruel and narrow-minded ways. The book starts out a little slow. When she meets Cromwell, the story becomes very interesting. Characters are well developed and the idea is quite imaginative. This book is written by a women who teaches English at Columbine H.S. and was there when "it" happened. She decided life can be short and dreams are better sought after than not. Very enjoyable read!!


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