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This is the first book of a trilogy planned by the author and precedes In the Fire of Spring. This story takes place in Pyquog Landing, the early name for the town that eventually became known as Wethersfield, Connecticut.
From the book's leading review:
Pequot Landing, Connecticut, is not the place—nor is this the time—for love. Yet Aurora Talcott and Sinjin Grimes are struck with it as by a thunderbolt--only to be violently separated by their feuding elders and catapulted to opposite ends of the earth: she to aristocratic England, and he to the trading hongs of Macao and the pirate seas of China. And left behind at home, growing stronger from her own desperate struggle, is Georgiana, the hired girl whose secret story entwines the fates of them all...
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