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My Name Is Resolute
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NANCY TURNER is the author of These Is My Words, Sarah's Quilt, and The Star Garden. She was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Southern California and Arizona. These Is My Words was selected as One Book, One Arizona. She lives in Tucson with her husband and her dog.

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"Every page of Turner's engrossing and fascinating work is better than the last. Not only historical fiction fans will love this beautifully written and compelling novel." --Library Journal ..".the author convincingly conveys a pivotal time in American history and provides a rewarding reading experience. A fitting story about resiliency, ingenuity and heroism." --Kirkus "Turner has drawn a character whose trials, loves, losses and achievements Turner fans will happily follow." --Tucson Weekly "An evocative page turner...Nancy Turner is a brilliant voice, an author to look out for." --Mary Sharratt, author of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen "Nancy Turner's novel, MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, is astonishing in its attention to detail and in the authenticity of its narrative. But what's more compelling is the heartfelt accounting of a remarkable woman who survives servitude, loss of home and family, and who embodies the courage of the settlers who transformed a wilderness into a bold new country." --Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter, The Outcasts, and The Traitor's Wife "Fiercely independent, stubborn and sometimes endearingly na ve, Resolute is one of those magical, insistent characters who lives on in your head and your heart long past the final page. Nancy Turner is one of my favorite storytellers: I'm always hooked from her first sentence and sorry to reach the last. In MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, she brings colonial America to life, endowing Resolute with her signature mix of humor, spunk, courage, common sense, and passion. From pirate attacks and Indian abduction to the shuttling of a loom, Turner is equally marvelous with larger-than-life heroics and the quiet joys of hearth and home. Sarah Prine has a worthy "sister" at last - this book was totally worth the wait!" --Jennifer Lee Carrell, author of Interred with Their Bones and Haunt Me Still "I fell in love with Resolute Talbot early in the first chapter, even before she was kidnapped as a child by pirates in Jamaica and launched into her riveting journey from captivity to independence. Nancy Turner is a stunning historical researcher who has imbued Resolute with a haunting narrator's voice, seeded with language and sensibilities of another time. The details throughout--from spinning wheel jargon to military intrigue--create a sense of 18th century, when the colonies were at their breaking point. Resolute represents the women who bravely and quietly contributed to the Revolutionary War effort, and were all but forgotten until now. This is historical fiction at its best; alive, exciting and profoundly moving. Resolute is a revelation, Nancy Turner is a master." --Bonnie Marson, author of Sleeping with Schubert Every page of Turner's engrossing and fascinating work is better than the last. Not only historical fiction fans will love this beautifully written and compelling novel. Library Journal the author convincingly conveys a pivotal time in American history and provides a rewarding reading experience. A fitting story about resiliency, ingenuity and heroism. Kirkus Turner has drawn a character whose trials, loves, losses and achievements Turner fans will happily follow. Tucson Weekly An evocative page turner...Nancy Turner is a brilliant voice, an author to look out for. Mary Sharratt, author of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen Nancy Turner's novel, MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, is astonishing in its attention to detail and in the authenticity of its narrative. But what's more compelling is the heartfelt accounting of a remarkable woman who survives servitude, loss of home and family, and who embodies the courage of the settlers who transformed a wilderness into a bold new country. Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter, The Outcasts, and The Traitor's Wife Fiercely independent, stubborn and sometimes endearingly naive, Resolute is one of those magical, insistent characters who lives on in your head and your heart long past the final page. Nancy Turner is one of my favorite storytellers: I'm always hooked from her first sentence and sorry to reach the last. In MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, she brings colonial America to life, endowing Resolute with her signature mix of humor, spunk, courage, common sense, and passion. From pirate attacks and Indian abduction to the shuttling of a loom, Turner is equally marvelous with larger-than-life heroics and the quiet joys of hearth and home. Sarah Prine has a worthy "sister" at last this book was totally worth the wait! Jennifer Lee Carrell, author of Interred with Their Bones and Haunt Me Still I fell in love with Resolute Talbot early in the first chapter, even before she was kidnapped as a child by pirates in Jamaica and launched into her riveting journey from captivity to independence. Nancy Turner is a stunning historical researcher who has imbued Resolute with a haunting narrator's voice, seeded with language and sensibilities of another time. The details throughout--from spinning wheel jargon to military intrigue--create a sense of 18th century, when the colonies were at their breaking point. Resolute represents the women who bravely and quietly contributed to the Revolutionary War effort, and were all but forgotten until now. This is historical fiction at its best; alive, exciting and profoundly moving. Resolute is a revelation, Nancy Turner is a master. Bonnie Marson, author of Sleeping with Schubert " Every page of Turner's engrossing and fascinating work is better than the last. Not only historical fiction fans will love this beautifully written and compelling novel. "Library Journal" the author convincingly conveys a pivotal time in American history and provides a rewarding reading experience. A fitting story about resiliency, ingenuity and heroism. "Kirkus" Turner has drawn a character whose trials, loves, losses and achievements Turner fans will happily follow. "Tucson Weekly" An evocative page turner...Nancy Turner is a brilliant voice, an author to look out for. "Mary Sharratt, author of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen" Nancy Turner's novel, MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, is astonishing in its attention to detail and in the authenticity of its narrative. But what's more compelling is the heartfelt accounting of a remarkable woman who survives servitude, loss of home and family, and who embodies the courage of the settlers who transformed a wilderness into a bold new country. "Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter, The Outcasts, and The Traitor's Wife" Fiercely independent, stubborn and sometimes endearingly naive, Resolute is one of those magical, insistent characters who lives on in your head and your heart long past the final page. Nancy Turner is one of my favorite storytellers: I'm always hooked from her first sentence and sorry to reach the last. In MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, she brings colonial America to life, endowing Resolute with her signature mix of humor, spunk, courage, common sense, and passion. From pirate attacks and Indian abduction to the shuttling of a loom, Turner is equally marvelous with larger-than-life heroics and the quiet joys of hearth and home. Sarah Prine has a worthy "sister" at last this book was totally worth the wait! "Jennifer Lee Carrell, author of Interred with Their Bones and Haunt Me Still" I fell in love with Resolute Talbot early in the first chapter, even before she was kidnapped as a child by pirates in Jamaica and launched into her riveting journey from captivity to independence. Nancy Turner is a stunning historical researcher who has imbued Resolute with a haunting narrator's voice, seeded with language and sensibilities of another time. The details throughout--from spinning wheel jargon to military intrigue--create a sense of 18th century, when the colonies were at their breaking point. Resolute represents the women who bravely and quietly contributed to the Revolutionary War effort, and were all but forgotten until now. This is historical fiction at its best; alive, exciting and profoundly moving. Resolute is a revelation, Nancy Turner is a master. "Bonnie Marson, author of Sleeping with Schubert"" "Every page of Turner's engrossing and fascinating work is better than the last. Not only historical fiction fans will love this beautifully written and compelling novel." --"Library Journal" " the author convincingly conveys a pivotal time in American history and provides a rewarding reading experience. A fitting story about resiliency, ingenuity and heroism." --"Kirkus" "Turner has drawn a character whose trials, loves, losses and achievements Turner fans will happily follow." --"Tucson Weekly" "An evocative page turner...Nancy Turner is a brilliant voice, an author to look out for." --"Mary Sharratt, author of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen" "Nancy Turner's novel, MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, is astonishing in its attention to detail and in the authenticity of its narrative. But what's more compelling is the heartfelt accounting of a remarkable woman who survives servitude, loss of home and family, and who embodies the courage of the settlers who transformed a wilderness into a bold new country." --"Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter, The Outcasts, and The Traitor's Wife" "Fiercely independent, stubborn and sometimes endearingly naive, Resolute is one of those magical, insistent characters who lives on in your head and your heart long past the final page. Nancy Turner is one of my favorite storytellers: I'm always hooked from her first sentence and sorry to reach the last. In MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, she brings colonial America to life, endowing Resolute with her signature mix of humor, spunk, courage, common sense, and passion. From pirate attacks and Indian abduction to the shuttling of a loom, Turner is equally marvelous with larger-than-life heroics and the quiet joys of hearth and home. Sarah Prine has a worthy "sister" at last - this book was totally worth the wait!" --"Jennifer Lee Carrell, author of Interred with Their Bones and Haunt Me Still" "I fell in love with Resolute Talbot early in the first chapter, even before she was kidnapped as a child by pirates in Jamaica and launched into her riveting journey from captivity to independence. Nancy Turner is a stunning historical researcher who has imbued Resolute with a haunting narrator's voice, seeded with language and sensibilities of another time. The details throughout--from spinning wheel jargon to military intrigue--create a sense of 18th century, when the colonies were at their breaking point. Resolute represents the women who bravely and quietly contributed to the Revolutionary War effort, and were all but forgotten until now. This is historical fiction at its best; alive, exciting and profoundly moving. Resolute is a revelation, Nancy Turner is a master." --"Bonnie Marson, author of Sleeping with Schubert"" Praise for "My Name Is Resolute " Every page of Turner's engrossing and fascinating work is better than the last. Not only historical fiction fans will love this beautifully written and compelling novel." --"Library Journal " ..".the author convincingly conveys a pivotal time in American history and provides a rewarding reading experience. A fitting story about resiliency, ingenuity and heroism." --"Kirkus " "Turner has drawn a character whose trials, loves, losses and achievements Turner fans will happily follow." --"Tucson Weekly ""An evocative page turner...Nancy Turner is a brilliant voice, an author to look out for." --Mary Sharratt, author of "Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen ""Nancy Turner's novel, MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, is astonishing in its attention to detail and in the authenticity of its narrative. But what's more compelling is the heartfelt accounting of a remarkable woman who survives servitude, loss of home and family, and who embodies the courage of the settlers who transformed a wilderness into a bold new country." --Kathleen Kent, author of "The Heretic's Daughter, The Outcasts, "and "The Traitor's Wife ""Fiercely independent, stubborn and sometimes endearingly naive, Resolute is one of those magical, insistent characters who lives on in your head and your heart long past the final page. Nancy Turner is one of my favorite storytellers: I'm always hooked from her first sentence and sorry to reach the last. In MY NAME IS RESOLUTE, she brings colonial America to life, endowing Resolute with her signature mix of humor, spunk, courage, common sense, and passion. From pirate attacks and Indian abduction to the shuttling of a loom, Turner is equally marvelous with larger-than-life heroics and the quiet joys of hearth and home. Sarah Prine has a worthy "sister" at last - this book was totally worth the wait!" --Jennifer Lee Carrell, author of "Interred with Their Bones" and "Haunt Me Still" "I fell in love with Resolute Talbot early in the first chapter, even before she was kidnapped as a child by pirates in Jamaica and launched into her riveting journey from captivity to independence. Nancy Turner is a stunning historical researcher who has imbued Resolute with a haunting narrator's voice, seeded with language and sensibilities of another time. The details throughout--from spinning wheel jargon to military intrigue--create a sense of 18th century, when the colonies were at their breaking point. Resolute represents the women who bravely and quietly contributed to the Revolutionary War effort, and were all but forgotten until now. This is historical fiction at its best; alive, exciting and profoundly moving. Resolute is a revelation, Nancy Turner is a master." --Bonnie Marson, author of "Sleeping with Schubert " Praise for "My Name Is Resolute" From Kirkus "Turner's (The Star Garden, 2007, etc.) historical novel, set principally in the New World between 1729 and 1781, follows the life of a woman who struggles to control her own destiny and then uses her skills to help found a new country. Resolute Talbot is a young child when she and her two older siblings are captured by pirates and taken from the family home in Jamaica. Patience, her sister, does whatever is necessary to protect her younger sister and herself, and brother August signs on to become a privateer. Surviving inhumane conditions, illness and harsh treatment, Resolute is stripped of her name, sold as a slave in the New World, taken prisoner by Indians and confined in a Catholic orphanage, where she learns to spin and weave. After years of waiting for the right opportunity, she and Patience escape, but Resolute is left to her own devices on the outskirts of Lexington, Mass. There, her dreams of returning to Jamaica, where she believes her mother awaits her return, are supplanted by the practicalities of everyday living. Resolute inherits property, establishes a business, meets carpenter Cullah MacLammond and weathers the effects of two wars: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. During difficult political conditions and epidemics that shape Resolute's family's and friends' futures, she proves worthy of her name and uses her skills to assist others. Among her brave acts, she rescues a slave, hides contraband for the Sons of Liberty in her home, volunteers for secret missions, provides sustenance to starving soldiers, and sews cloaks and uniforms for the troops. Throughout the narrative, Turner skillfully keeps her main characters in the forefront and reveals historical events through their eyes and actions rather than by means of long, explanatory passages that stall the plot. The novel is lengthy and somewhat repetitious as so many characters are introduced, disappear and then ar From Kirkus "Turner's (The Star Garden, 2007, etc.) historical novel, set principally in the New World between 1729 and 1781, follows the life of a woman who struggles to control her own destiny and then uses her skills to help found a new country. Resolute Talbot is a young child when she and her two older siblings are captured by pirates and taken from the family home in Jamaica. Patience, her sister, does whatever is necessary to protect her younger sister and herself, and brother August signs on to become a privateer. Surviving inhumane conditions, illness and harsh treatment, Resolute is stripped of her name, sold as a slave in the New World, taken prisoner by Indians and confined in a Catholic orphanage, where she learns to spin and weave. After years of waiting for the right opportunity, she and Patience escape, but Resolute is left to her own devices on the outskirts of Lexington, Mass. There, her dreams of returning to Jamaica, where she believes her mother awaits her return, are supplanted by the practicalities of everyday living. Resolute inherits property, establishes a business, meets carpenter Cullah MacLammond and weathers the effects of two wars: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. During difficult political conditions and epidemics that shape Resolute's family's and friends' futures, she proves worthy of her name and uses her skills to assist others. Among her brave acts, she rescues a slave, hides contraband for the Sons of Liberty in her home, volunteers for secret missions, provides sustenance to starving soldiers, and sews cloaks and uniforms for the troops. Throughout the narrative, Turner skillfully keeps her main characters in the forefront and reveals historical events through their eyes and actions rather than by means of long, explanatory passages that stall the plot. The novel is lengthy and somewhat repetitious as so many characters are introduced, disappear and then are reunited multiple times, but the au Praise for "Sarah's Quilt" "A sensitive, vibrant story about the strength of love and family . . . Reminiscent of Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove"." --"The Denver Post ""Gritty Sarah Elliot, who lassoed our hearts in "These Is My Words", proves that women as well as men tamed the West." --Sandra Dallas, author of "The Diary of Mattie Spenser " "Hard times, danger, love, well-defined characters, and a strong sense of place all merge to form the heart of this novel." --"Dallas Morning News " "Action-packed." --"Tucson Guide Quarterly" Praise for "These Is My Words" "Incredibly vivid and real." --Rosamunde Pilcher, author of "The Shell Seekers"

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