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To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold by Mary Johnstone
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To Have and to Hold was the first romance novel to go #1 on an official bestseller list. A proud man and a passionate woman find their love tested by the perils of Colonial America in this "record-making bestseller with exceptional literary merits" (The Bookman).

Mary Johnston's To Have and to Hold, a true romantic classic, begins in 1600s England. Lady Jocelyn Leigh, the king's ward, running away from a hated lover, conceals herself among a shipload of convict women sent to become brides in the New World. Forced to choose a husband on her arrival, she accepts the bluff, honest Captain Ralph Percy, a forthright soldier she sees as the least of many evils. The two misunderstand each other's motives from the start, and feeling herself vulnerable and friendless in the strange new world she has come to, Jocelyn is afraid to show her new husband the tenderness she feels, while the proud silent Captain scorns to take what she will not give freely.

When the man she rejected arrives in pursuit, events involving war with Spain and Colonial politics tear Jocelyn and Percy apart just as they begin to discover their true feelings for each other. Before either can hope to see the other again, they must face the dangers of the savage wilderness and make allies among the New World's natives. Here is a romance "told with a sweetness of spirit, a tenderness of fancy, a poetical insight that are rare indeed in the 'novel of adventure,' and much to be prized" (Review of Reviews), and as a "rich concentration of evocative detail and magically compelling historic atmosphere" (Commonweal).

Renaissance E Books; April 2002
1084 pages; ISBN 9781588730909
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Title: To Have and to Hold
Author: Mary Johnstone
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