If the Tide Turns: A Thrilling Historical Novel of Piracy and Life After the Salem Witch Trials (Paperback)

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If the Tide Turns: A Thrilling Historical Novel of Piracy and Life After the Salem Witch Trials (Paperback)

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Set during the Golden Age of Pirates and the shadowy aftermath of the Salem witch trials, this vivid literary debut is inspired by the captivating true story of real-life pirate Samuel Bellamy, combining high seas adventure, star-crossed longing, surprisingly timely questions about social justice and freedom, and the emotionally satisfying tale of one strong-willed young woman determined to choose her own path.

"If the Tide Turns weaves together two fascinating worlds in a page-turning story of love, friendship, and self-discovery. It transports the reader to the time of witch trials and piracy, shrugging off popular caricatures and exploring real-life people—the hardships they faced and the hope that sustained them. A stirring and luminous read!" —Amanda Skenandore, author of The Nurse's Secret

1715, Eastham, Massachusetts: As the daughter of a wealthy family, Maria Brown has a secure future mapped out for her, yet it is not the future she wants. Young, headstrong, and restless, Maria has no desire to marry the aging, mean-spirited John Hallett, regardless of his fortune and her parents’ wishes. As for what Maria does want—only one person has ever even asked her that question.

Samuel Bellamy, an orphaned sailor searching for work, meets Maria by chance, enthralling her with talk of far-flung places and blasphemous ideals. But neither is free from the social order into which they were born. When Sam is banished from Maria’s parents’ home after asking for her hand, he vows to return a wealthy man, and Maria promises to keep the faith until then.

Sam is drawn into piracy and discovers a brotherhood more equal and fulfilling than any on land, despite its dangers. Beguiled by the chance to both fight for justice and make a fortune to bring home to Maria, Sam is torn between duty to his crew and his desire to return. Separated by more than just the ocean, time slips by as Sam and Maria cling to their love for each other. Maria is determined to stay strong in her conviction in Sam, but as rumors swirl and her position in Eastham turns perilous, Maria is forced into an impossible decision.

Now, on a journey no less treacherous and eventful than Sam’s, Maria draws on every shred of her courage and resilience not merely to survive, but to honor her own yearning for freedom . . .
Rachel Rueckert is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher who holds an MFA from Columbia University and an M.Ed. from Boston University. On her first visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts, she learned about the true story of Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Samuel Bellamy and vowed to write their story, returning to Cape Cod again and again over the years for research and freedom in the shape of solace. If the Tide Turns is her debut novel. She splits her time between Salt Lake City and Cambridge, Massachusetts and can be found online at RachelRueckert.com
Product Details ISBN: 9781496747532
ISBN-10: 1496747534
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English
Praise for If the Tide Turns by Rachel Rueckert
 
"If the Tide Turns weaves together two fascinating worlds in a page-turning story of love, friendship, and self-discovery. It transports the reader to the time of witch trials and piracy, shrugging off popular caricatures and exploring real-life people—the hardships they faced and the hope that sustained them. A stirring and luminous read!" —Amanda Skenandore, author of The Nurse's Secret

"A delicious debut awash in lore and amazing historical detail, as wild and characteristically unpredictable as the sea that gives it life. Rachel Rueckert is a writer to be reckoned with. Maria and Sam's romantic travails grab you like a riptide and won't let go!" —V. S. Alexander, author of The Novelist from Berlin

"Rachel Rueckert's If the Tide Turns is a stunning, unapologetic story of two young people caught up in unfair circumstances in 18th century New England, who nevertheless remain determined to forge their own paths and unswerving in their devotion to one another. Meticulously researched and gorgeously written, this historical novel inspired by true events is a gripping tale of piracy, love, and most of all, the costs (and joys) of self-determination." —Rosalyn Eves, author of Beyond the Mapped Stars

"Rachel Rueckert delivers a sweeping adventure perfectly seasoned with a lyrical love story that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. Her scintillating writing weaves a tale that stays with you long after you finish." —Janna MacGregor, author of Dear Future Husband and The Widow Rules series