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Have you ever wondered what life was like in colonial America for our ancestors?

The oldest surviving court records in America were used to write this historical fiction series about a family that eventually migrated to Alabama before statehood. 

Inspired by actual people and historical events

The Pattenden’s inspiring story begins in 17th century England during the reign of Charles I and continues with their journey to the eastern shore of Virginia where they experience joy, tragedy and loss.  

Actual court records dating back to the early 1630’s create historical accuracy as the reader is taken back to the primitive days of colonial America where the Pattendens encounter life-changing difficulties with Indians, ducking stools, illness, massacres, death, loneliness, love, and greed.

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(Many Alabama ancestors followed this same path  – from England to Virginia and eventually migrated to Alabama.)


Ribbon of Love is a wonderful love story of Henry and Mary living and struggling to succeed as one of the first families in the colony of Virginia in the 1600s. In addition to the love story, the descriptions of the clothing, home furnishings, personalities, family life, church and community are most intriguing. The exhilarating action and subplots keep the reader in constant anticipation. It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. – Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University.

I just finished reading this loving and delightfully written story. I’m telling everyone I know about it. Not only is the story entertaining, it opens the eastern shore of the Early Virginia Colony to the reader as a picture book. The charactors seem extraordinary real. I know this story of “Ribbon of Love” will touch many peoples hearts. Bill T.


Download three novels – Tapestry of Love Series from for one low price of $11.97. This series has been re-edited and published as a 2nd edition in 2016. —Also available in paperback!

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RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America  – 

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RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love Book 1): Book 1 in Tapestry of Love Series

By (author): Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and
All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.
She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .
For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. Do you have any info on a group of French noblemen and their families who were exiled when Napoleon was overthrown. They ended up in South Alabama , where they tried to grow olives. My great great grandfather helped these people survive the Alabama wilderness.Very interesting story. I think John Wayne made a movie about this interaction of nobility and frontiersman.

    1. We don’t have a story on the website about them but we do in our Alabama Footprints book: Immigrants. The book also includes many name and biographies of some from the company who remained in Alabama.They were called the Vine and Olive company.

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