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 whose descendants migrated to Alabama before statehood. 

TAPESTRY OF LOVE SERIES was inspired by actual people and historical events

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.

The story begins in 17th century England during the reign of Charles I with RIBBON OF LOVE and follows a young couple’s harrowing journey to the eastern shore of Virginia where they experience joy, tragedy, and loss. Their life continues in Maryland where they flee to avoid religious persecution in the next novel FAITH AND COURAGE.  The third novel, FREEHEARTS, reveals life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.


(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 characters seem extraordinary real. I know this story of “Ribbon of Love” will touch many peoples hearts. Bill T.


Highly recommended! I really enjoyed this 2nd book in Tapestry of Love Series. I could hardly wait to begin the third! I find Donna Causey’s writing to be fluid, easy to understand and with great purpose. She takes you through the days of the early Pioneers in such a way that brings an understanding that cannot be gained merely by reading textbooks. A lovely journey through American history! Mary Robinson

Excellent Series I have read all three books in the series and would recommend them to anyone. They show what life was like in the 1600’s, and the hardships people endured. Mawbetty2


FreeHearts – I love reading about this era, the comments of Mary Jane when she lost her beloved husband were so spot on, it really brought back the exact pain & thoughts I experienced when I lost my husband. I can’t imagine what it was like back there with so many children, being a woman with no say in the business. Waiting for the next one to see how the Cottingham children do taking care of the parents’ plantation. smba

Donna Causey does it again!! This is a must-read for anyone who wants a true view of what colonial life was like in the 1700’s Each book’s writing gets stronger, characters become real, the struggles and sorrows that laid the foundation for this country, I hope that each reader will come away with a deeper love for our country and our ancestors. Addictedtobooks

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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 www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com 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

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  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. http://alabamapioneers.com/alabama-immigrants/#sthash.PBW698tW.dpbs 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.

  2. Duke Parden

    The Partin family was another that came to Virginia and then eventually to Alabama.

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