THE DRAGONFLY by Rosemary Goodwin
Genre: Historical Fiction
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-59374-103-7
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-59374-102-0
2008 ARIANA WINNER COVER ART, BEST IN CATEGORY,
artist Jinger Heaston
A history professor, Cathy White, is in a car accident that
delivers a traumatic blow to her head. She wakes to find herself in a 620 A.D.
Anglo-Saxon village, where her knowledge of the future confuses the villagers.
Her further travels take her to a 1606 manor home in Bury St.
Edmunds, England, where she warns of the plight of the Jamestown, Virginia,
explorers. The owner of the manor is Bartholomew Gosnold who planned the journey
to America and captained the expeditionary sailing ship, Godspeed, accompanied
by the ships, Susan Constant and the Discovery. Their landing in Virginia on
the James River on May 12, 1607 is marked by the 400th anniversary being celebrated
in 2007 in what is now known as Jamestown. Celebrations will take place in Virginia
and in England, including a special service held at the Cathedral in Bury St.
Edmunds, marking the founding of the first English-speaking settlement in the
United States. Cathy’s foretelling of the outcome of the Jamestown voyage is
misinterpreted and causes problems for her with the superstitious townspeople.
Cathy’s final destination is a country village in 1943, during
World War II, where she lives as a Land Army gal. Being a history professor
provides her with knowledge of the war which she recounts, raising governmental
suspicions toward her. Throughout the story, her goal is to find her way back
to her husband in present time. Woven throughout this story is the true, fascinating
history of the author's hometown in England.
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