Read about this sad period of American history in the three-book historical series, Tapestry of Love. Inspired by true events, these three novels take you back to the time when our founding fathers, who were immigrants from many countries, took a precarious journey to America to build their lives in a new country.
Inspired and based on actual historical events and records
All historical events actually took place on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland in the 17th century. Each book was based on court records and actual people who resided on the Eastern Shore around 1638. All three books have an appendix at the end that delineates truth from fiction as well as sources of information.
Community of Eastville, Virginia has oldest surviving court records in the United States
The Eastville community is rich in historical information and the early court records kept by the clerks in their homes miraculously have survived to the present day and are the oldest continuous county court records in the United States, dating from 1632. Some of President Washington’s ancestors came from this area. The Tapestry of Love series is based on these court records. Many Alabama ancestors also migrated from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.
Hungar’s Church, Northampton County, Virginia (photograph below) is the 2nd church built ca. 1679 in the area where the first novel Ribbon of Love is set. The first Hungar’s church was established about 1623 and is mentioned frequently in the novel along with the actual names of many people who attended the church as well as those who lived in the area. More about the history of the church can be found at Hungar’s Church
The 2nd Hungars church built around 1679 still exists today as can be seen by the photo below from findagrave.com
Books make great gifts
The series consists of three novels which are available in Ebooks as well as Paperback:
The novels would make great gifts for history lovers or those who want to learn the true stories about the early days of America. Many of the descendants of the families depicted in the novels eventually settled in Alabama.
Note: A new series The Cottinghams continues the Cottingham family line with the first novel in the series, Discordance
REVIEW FROM A READER:
Ribbon of Love was 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,