Dawn's Early Light

Dawn's Early Light Elswyth Thane
  • Title: Dawn's Early Light
  • Author: Elswyth Thane
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  • Page: 310
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Dawn's Early Light Elswyth Thane Dawn s Early Light Colonial Williamsburg lives again in this rich story which is Elswyth Thane s first novel of American history in her bestselling series Against a background of Williamsburg s quiet streets the pomp a
    Colonial Williamsburg lives again in this rich story which is Elswyth Thane s first novel of American history in her bestselling series Against a background of Williamsburg s quiet streets, the pomp and glitter of the Palace during the last days of British rule, and the excitement and triumph which swirled through the Raleigh Tavern, we see the people of Williamsburg whomColonial Williamsburg lives again in this rich story which is Elswyth Thane s first novel of American history in her bestselling series Against a background of Williamsburg s quiet streets, the pomp and glitter of the Palace during the last days of British rule, and the excitement and triumph which swirled through the Raleigh Tavern, we see the people of Williamsburg whom history has forgotten aristocratic St John Sprague, who became George Washington s aide Regina Greensleeves, the spoilt Virginia Beauty Julian Day, the young schoolmaster, just arrived from England and finally, Tibby, the most appealing, irresistible creature Miss Thane has ever written about Washington, Jefferson, Lafayette, Greene, Francis Marion, and the rest of that brilliant galaxy are portrayed not as historical figures but as men We see de Kalb s gallant death under a cavalry charge at Camden, the swamp encircled camp which was Marion s fastness on the Peedee, and the cat and mouse game between Cornwallis and Lafayette, which ended in Cornwallis s unlucky stand at Yorktown Dawn s Early Light is the human story behind America s first war for liberty, and of men and women loving and laughing through war to the dawn of a better world.
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    About Elswyth Thane


    1. Thane is most famous for her Williamsburg series of historical fiction The books cover several generations of a single family from the American Revolutionary War up to World War II The action moves from Williamsburg in later books to England, New York City and Richmond, Virginia.


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    1. This is the first in a series of seven historical novels called the Williamsburg Novels, which follow the families of the Days and the Spragues of Williamsburg, Virginia, through over 160 years, many generations, and several wars from the American Revolution in Dawn s Early Light through the beginning years of World War II in This Was Tomorrow and Homing I have read them so many times starting when I was about seven years old that I practically have them memorized, as have most of the other wome [...]

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    2. After two of my friends read this and enjoyed it, I knew I had to read it soon, so I picked it up anticipating something wonderful And it lived up to, and passed my expectations so much that I had to make sure I had at least the next two books at my disposal This is the story of two friends, especially Julian Day.Julian Day who has recently arrived in America from England, finds all the plans he and his father had laid for their stay in America to be useless and now he hasn t a clue what to do a [...]

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    3. Julian Day arrives in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1774 His father died on the voyage, but Julian soon makes friends including the Sprague family who take him under their wing JuliaN finds himself torn between his loyalty to King George and his new friends who want freedom from the crown at all costs Julian takes the vacant position of schoolmaster and the story focuses on his relationships with the Spragues as well as the two urchins he takes under his wing Kit Christopher and Tibby Tabitha As for [...]

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    4. Five stars for the history, two stars for the various romances for a weighted average of three and a half stars This would have been a much stronger book had Elswyth Thane chosen to simply tell the story of Julian Day, a young man who travels from London with his father who is taking up a post in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1774 When his father dies during the voyage, Day is bewildered left without money or friends or purpose in this strange new land Julian s story, his character arc, the tale of [...]

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    5. I found this book accidentally, when I searched Williamsburg in my hometown library s database, before making my first of many trips there I didn t get a chance to read it before I went, but read it a couple of weeks after I had gotten back There was definitely something to it, not reading the book before I went I think I would have been disappointed had I not found Colonial Williamsburg the same charming, laid back yet self confident town that Elswyth Thane had so eloquently portrayed that s no [...]

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    6. This is a very well written, heavily researched story of the American Revolutionary period in Williamsburg, VA Thane s writing style transports you straight to the period and scenery, so much so that you feel and hear and see and smell all the things in the scenes Julian, Tibbie, St John, Dorothea, Reginac, etc,l seem to spring off the page.Now, fair warning there is a lot of profanity I would have read this story much faster if they hadn t been so free with their curses As it was, I did lay the [...]

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    7. Okay Where to start This book is Amazing I closed it with happy tears and I started it in fascination.Elswyth Thane s writing style is beyond glorious She writes so vividly, and so On Point Like, the things her characters do and say are so natural and real Seriously, I can SO see this book as a movie I so desperately want there to be a movie But even if there will never be a movie, that s okay, because this book is like watching a movie You can smell the water when Julian stands on the ship You [...]

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    8. It s good but for me held several flaws A couple of the romance aspects were difficult to obscure in order to approach a process to embed, enjoy and understand the dynamics of Julian s changing loyalties And the founders included, those historic figures, they came alive to a 4 star quality of appearance, attitude and role for each And those in a changing mode, at times, as well But despite that the copy length readings for the children and especially Tibby So far fetched to have an 11 year old h [...]

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    9. Rating 3.5 stars Update I had a few difficulties with the story this time around Namely, why did it not strike me the last time the underlying racism in this book I am ashamed if I didn t notice it before Thane portrays slaves as cheerful and happy, always acquiescent, looking only for their master s good She has several of her characters state this view as their own early on Perhaps my attitudes have changed in the five years since I first read it However, I still delighted in Thane s descript [...]

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    10. I loved this book I picked it up at a library sale not knowing the author I wasn t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised It was a fascinating look into the Revolutionary War era The story centers around a newly arrived young man, Julian Day, from England, suddenly left on his own by the death of his father on the journey overseas He is immediately taken in with all kindness by St John Sprague and his aunt who become a second family to him The whole community is welcoming and suppor [...]

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    11. This is my second time through the Williamsburg Saga I love historical fiction, romances, and books set in locales that I am familiar with This book satisfies all three I enjoy hearing the politics of Revolutionary War America first hand and getting to know some of the prominent personalities a little better Ms Thane, I hope you did your homework and didn t invent these things out of wholecloth I love Julian Day and Tibby and their story I love this book.

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    12. This is historical fiction, based on the revolutionary war Some romance, too It was great

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    13. First sentence He stood remote and alone amid the cheerful bustle of the dock at Yorktown Around his feet in their silver buckled shoes was stacked enough luggage for two men Behind him rose the proud, sharp prow and slender spars of the Mary Jones, which had brought him across the Atlantic from Southampton.Premise plot Julian Day, one of our heroes, is a newly arrived Englishman He s come to America, to Virginia, to be a school master He becomes great friends with St John Sprague In fact he bec [...]

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    14. This is a 7 book historical series The Williamsburg Series that follows several families from pre Civil War all the way through World Wars Lots of interesting historical information regarding the US and Europe There s romance, suspense, family drama, etc If you like history at all, you ll probably like this series.

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    15. I liked the characters and the story I may have skimmed just a little during the descriptions of so many battles I look forward to the next one.

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    16. It seems that many book bloggers are reading or talking about this book of late I d never heard of it prior to this summer.Dawn s Early Light is the first in a series about a family and begins in Williamsburg just prior to the American Revolution Yes, it is considered a romance, but I found it focuses heavily on historic details, events and people and the romance takes of a backseat to the battles and the politics It s been a long time since I ve read a historical fiction that focused on the h [...]

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    17. This is what I call an easy reader A slim volume with only 244 pages, it was a breeze to read It is also chuck full of history In the background of the stirrings of the American Revolution, Julian Day arrives from England His father had applied for a teaching position in Williamsburg, Virginia but died on the voyage To his surprise, Julian is given a splendid welcome, offered the position meant for his father and decides to stay a while.He meets several women, the Mawes twins, one of whom is cal [...]

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    18. I know hardly anyone outside my own family who has read these books, but I love them I think I learned history from these than from any history class I have ever taken As I learn history, things tie in to what I ve learned from these books so that I remember better Some things are definitely dated, such as the anti German sentiments, but that makes interesting history of its own since those views were popular at the time the books were written I own the whole series and reread it every few yea [...]

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    19. Oh dear I did so want to like this .Ms Thane I can, without second thought, accept a girl falling in love with a ghost that s wonderful and perfectly unobjectionable But an eleven year old girl falling in honest to goodness love with a 21 year old man, on the other hand Please, no Actually, I found every aspect of Tibby s personality and actions unbelievable.I m going to keep reading this series, though I m a sucker for a good family saga and maybe I ll like the next installment better.

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    20. I love Elswyth Thane s Williamsburg series Since this is the first sets up the families that intertwine appear in the subsequent ones it deserves five stars, even though it s not my personal favorite I prefer less war, history Still, we wouldn t have the others without the original, so here s to the Spragues the Days.

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    21. My little 80 year old friend at church loaned me this book, because she heard me say that I really love historical fiction This one is 1 in this author s series called The Williamsburg Novels , and was written in 1942 As you can see by my rating, I loved it.

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    22. What a delight to discover Elswyth Thane This book was set in Williamsburg at the onset of the Revolutionary War and contained history, subtle romance and a really neat cast of characters I can t wait to read book 2 in the series.

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    23. I loved this book.The first in THE WILLIAMSBURG NOVELS starting from Colonial America to World War II Tibby is one of my favorite characters of all time I plan on reading all some day on my book shelf OH THE TIME

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    24. I very much enjoyed this book It was very well written and researched and she does a fabulous job recreating the ideals and attitudes of Williamsburg during the Revolutionary War Some of the storylines were too pat for me, but it was an overall very lovely read.

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    25. A favorite series since I first read this book in my girlhood Fun read.

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    26. Be forewarned I don t think this review will make much sense I loved this book a whole super lot, but I m still processing it to see if I need to have any serious objections to it I fervently hope I ll find that I needn t I already knew from reading Yankee Stranger that I loved Thane s writing style and her ability to craft a story, and that I d love reading about Tibby and the other characters AND I DID My only concerns, really, are as follows 1 I want so badly to unreservedly LOVE the main ro [...]

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    27. The first 50 pages are not indicative of the rest of the series so make your way through and wait to meet Tibby If you have been to Williamsburg, you can see much of this book in your minds eye because it comes alive on the page This is the first series I read as a teenager and I have loved them ever since and go back and read them every five years or so They are out of print so hunting down my set prior to the internet was a fun challenge The characters is rich and you feel as if you are in the [...]

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    28. I enjoy this series Dawn s Early Light is the first of 7, following the same intertwined families against the backdrop of American history.It covers the period from 1774 until the end of the War of Independence,and follows young English schoolmaster Julian Day as he gradually shifts his political and personal allegiance from Tory Loyalist to American, with cameos from everyone from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette even Alexander Hamilton gets a one line appearance near the end T [...]

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    29. This book was well researched and well written, but a couple issues have stopped me from giving it a higher rating First, the references to slavery as a happy institution were pretty offensive though I try to take them with a grain of salt, knowing this was written than 70 years ago Second, the characters often acted in ways that I found hard to believe One of the main characters, Julian Day, was completely oblivious to several things that should have been patently obvious It started to annoy m [...]

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    30. Maybe it s because my copy was abridged though I compared first chapter from sample on and it seemed very little stripped away total page count differed by around 100 pages , but this did not transport me in time or place to Williamsburg A great disappointment to me since I enjoyed exploring the town and wanted to feel a sense of what life would be like in Colonial Williamsburg The love triangles were eye roll inducing and the quantity of coincidences and conveniences were too many This read lik [...]

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