Hatfield 1677: Laura C. Rader

A new book from author Laura C. Rader, Hatfield 1677. This one looks really good, especially if you love early American History like I do! It's set during King Philip's War, a war that all but drove the fledgling colonies into the sea. Acts of barbarity were committed by both sides of this devasting conflict.

Here's the blurb:

Colonist Benjamin Waite, a devoted husband, father, and skilled military scout in King Philip’s War, reluctantly obeys orders to guide a brutal attack against a camp of Algonquian Natives.

After the catastrophic event, Benjamin is burdened with guilt and longs for peace. But the Algonquians, led by the revered sachem Ashpelon, retaliate with vengeance upon Ben’s Massachusetts town of Hatfield, capturing over a dozen colonists, including his pregnant wife Martha and their three young daughters.

Hatfield 1677 is a tale of three interwoven yet diverging journeys of strength and survival: Benjamin, driven by love and remorse to rescue his family; Martha, forced into captivity and desperately striving to protect her children; and Ashpelon, willing to risk everything to ensure the safety and freedom of his people.

Based on the lives of the author’s ancestors, this riveting and unforgettable novel gives voice to three vastly different experiences in North America during a time before the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Then, the land was but a wilderness and a battleground; equality was not yet perceived as self-evident; and liberty and happiness were nothing more than dangerous pursuits.

Meet The Author:

After retiring from teaching English and history I am now a full-time historical fiction writer. When I'm not writing, researching, or reading, I like to study genealogy, attend neighborhood book club meetings, take forest walks with my Rough Collie, and visit with my adult daughter. Originally from California, I live twenty miles north of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hatfield 1677 is my first novel, based on the lives of my 9th great grandparents.

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