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Also by Elswyth Thane:

Yankee Stranger, May 2017
Trade Size
Dawn's Early Light, May 2017
Trade Size
Strength Of The Hills, October 1998
Hardcover (reprint)
Kissing Kin, October 1996
Hardcover (reprint)
Ever After, May 1996
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The Light Heart, October 1994
Hardcover
This Was Tomorrow, October 1994
Hardcover
Homing, June 1994
Hardcover
Yankee Stranger, January 1983
Paperback
Tryst, June 1980
Hardcover
Yankee Stranger, January 1976
Hardcover (reprint)

Also by Leila Meacham:

Yankee Stranger, May 2017
Trade Size
Dawn's Early Light, May 2017
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Crowning Design, January 2017
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Aly's House, October 2016
Paperback
Ryan's Hand, July 2016
Paperback
Titans, April 2016
Hardcover
Somerset, February 2014
Hardcover
Tumbleweeds, June 2012
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Roses, January 2011
Paperback (reprint)
Roses, January 2010
Hardcover

Dawn's Early Light
Elswyth Thane, Leila Meacham


Rediscovered Classics: Williamsburg
Chicago Review Press
May 2017
On Sale: May 1, 2017
Featuring: Julian Day; St. John Sprague; Tibby Mawes
336 pages
ISBN: 1613738129
EAN: 9781613738122
Kindle: B01MQIHTNO
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Elswyth Thane is best known for her Williamsburg series, seven novels published between 1943 and 1957 that follow several generations of two families from the American Revolution to World War II. Dawn’s Early Light is the first novel in the series.

In it, Colonial Williamsburg comes alive. Thane centers her novel around four major characters: the Aristrocratic St. John Sprague, who becomes George Washington’s aide; Regina Greensleeves, a Virginia beauty spoiled by a season in London; Julian Day, a young schoolmaster who arrives from England on the eve of the war and initially thinks of himself as a Tory; and Tibby Mawes, one of his less fortunate pupils, saddled with an alcoholic father and an indigent mother.

But we also see Washington, Jefferson, Lafayette, Greene, Patrick Henry, Francis Marion, and the rest of that brilliant galaxy playing their roles not as historical figures but as men. We see de Kalb’s gallant death under a cavalry charge at Camden. We penetrate to the swamp-encircled camp which was Marion’s stronghold on the Peedee. We watch the cat-and-mouse game between Cornwallis and Lafayette, which ended in Cornwallis’s unlucky stand at Yorktown.

Dawn’s Early Light is the human story behind our first war for liberty, and of the men and women loving and laughing through it to the dawn of a better world.

Rediscovered Classics: Williamsburg

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