The New York Times bestselling author of Jubilee Trail does a grand job of storytelling in thissaga of the pioneers who settled the Louisiana wilderness (The New York Times). For his service in the king s army during the French and Indian War, Judith Sheramy s father, a Puritan New Englander, is granted a parcel of land in far-off Louisiana. As the family ventures down the Mississippi to make a new home in the wilderness, Judith meets Philip Larne, an adventurer who travels in the finest clothes Judith has ever seen. He is a rogue, a killer, and a thief and the first thing he steals is Judith s heart. Three thousand acres of untamed jungle, overrun with jaguars, Indians, and pirates, wait for Philip in Louisiana. He and Judith will struggle with their stormy marriage and the challenges of the American Revolution as they strive to build an empire for future generations. This is the first vel in Gwen Bristow s Plantation Trilogy, which also includesThe Handsome RoadandThis Side of Glory.
Gwen Bristow (1903 1980), the author of seven bestselling historical novels that bring to life momentous events in American history, such as the siege of Charleston during the American Revolution (Celia Garth) and the great California gold rush (Calico Palace), was born in South Carolina, where the Bristow family had settled in the seventeenth century. After graduating from Judson College in Alabama and attending the Columbia School of Journalism, Bristow worked as a reporter for New Orleans Times-Picayunefrom 1925 to 1934. Through her husband, screenwriter Bruce Manning, she developed an interest in longer forms of writing novels and screenplays.After Bristow moved to Hollywood, her literary career took off with the publication ofDeep Summer, the first novel in a trilogy of Louisiana-set historical novels, which also includesThe Handsome RoadandThis Side of Glory. Bristow continued to write about the American South and explored the settling of the American West in her bestselling novelsJubilee Trail, which was made into a film in 1954, and in her only work of nonfiction, Golden Dreams. Her novelTomorrow Is Foreveralso became a film, starring Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, and Natalie Wood, in 1946.