Patricia Wendorf Double Wedding Ring

ISBN 13: 9780140132830

Double Wedding Ring

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The story of the three sons and five daughters of William Greypaull, Somerset yeoman farmer, and particularly of plain, plucky Rhoda, whose diary about her new life among the pioneers of the American mid-west, in the late 19th century forms part of this novel.

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The author of the Patteran trilogy bases her stirring, satisfying tale of English immigrant farmers in America on her own family documents, fashioning here the diary of Rhoda Greypaull Salter. In 1851, Rhoda and her cousin Susanna fall in love with young butcher George Salter when he comes to Somerset to kill the family pig. Two years later, George marries Susanna, taking her across the ocean to upstate New York. By 1857 stalwart Rhoda is summoned to care for dead Susanna's infant son and marry George. When his butcher's trade eventually fails, George moves Rhoda and their children to Chicago to join the meat-packing trade, but he dies after the 1871 Chicago Fire. Now free to pursue her wish to be a dairy farmer, Rhoda buys land and a herd in remote Wisconsin. Surprisingly, romance engulfs her in middle age in a charming episode involving a quilt pattern (to which the novel's title refers), and she marries a Civil War hero. Rhoda's personality--her sharp wits and her pluckiness, her willing toil at tasks from patchwork to plowing--emerges strongly, and a deep sense of pioneer daily life closely tied to the natural world enriches her story.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

In 1857 Rhoda Greypaull leaves her family's Somerset farm and sails to New York to marry her dead cousin's husband and care for their infant son. Rhoda has loved George Salter for years, and his affection for her slowly grows as they raise a family. When his business ambition leads him to Chicago and an early death, Rhoda takes her children to a farm near her sister in Wisconsin, where she unexpectedly finds love again. Alternating between straightforward narrative and excerpts from Rhoda's diaries, Wendorf deftly weaves historical details from the Civil War, Chicago fire, and pioneer life into the plot. She endows all her characters, especially Rhoda, with vivid, appealing personalities. Those who enjoy historical fiction will savor this marvelous novel.
- Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Published by Penguin Books Ltd (1990)
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