DECEPTIONS: A Jamestown Novel by Marilyn J. Clay was published in hardcover in July 2010 by Thomson/Gale
Five Star Mysteries. A large print edition of the novel was released in December 2010. From award-winning author Marilyn
J. Clay, DECEPTIONS takes place in Jamestown, Virginia in 1617 and tells the story of an English girl who travels
from London to the New World to marry a man she had been betrothed to since childhood.
In the New World, as in the
old, adherence to strict moral codes and polite manners rule the colonist's lives, but beneath their proper facade, secret
desires rule their hearts. Catherine's beloved, Noah Colton, who has been in Jamestown for six years is now a successful trader
who has an uncanny way with Jamestown's closest neighbors, the Powhatan Indians. Noah has gained their trust, as well as that
of the entire settlement.
However, nothing could have prepared Catherine for what she finds in the New World. The
struggles and hardships become a test of her strength and courage. But when the lies and deceptions and an unsolved murder
place her life in danger, she is desperate for help. But, to whom can she turn? Especially, when here in the New World, the
only voice of reason is that of a woman...and a mighty Indian warrior named Phyrahawque.
DECEPTIONS is a
cross-genre historical novel with romance and suspense elements. "I love doing research and researched this book as carefully
as I did my Regency-set novels. I made sure Catherine's shipboard journey was as authentic as possible and in Jamestown, I
did not let my characters use a tool that had not yet been invented; that they ate only the sort of food new settlers might
have eaten, and that their homes were furnished with the type of home-made furniture that might be found in a colonist's hut
in the early 1600s. Amid Captain John Smith's early writings, I was fortunate to find a list of authentic Powhatan words that
I made good use of. I had great fun writing DECEPTIONS, and I hope you will also enjoy Catherine's story!" -- Marilyn
Avoiding an unwanted marriage engineered by her greedy guardians, sheltered Catherine
Parke flees 1617 London for Jamestown, VA,
where she intends to join her father and brother and marry her childhood love, Noah Colton. But the New World is a shock,
and Catherine discovers that Noah is not the man she thought he was. Lies, treachery, and deception bubble just below the
surface of this outwardly pious community, and as the danger mounts, Catherine finds help and romance in an unexpected
place. Verdict: With realistic, well-researched historical
detail, a strong, intelligent heroine, and a fascinating, uncommon setting, this novel will appeal to romance and historical
fans alike. -- June 15, 2010 issue Library Journal
A surfeit of fascinating historical details and a refreshingly different setting give Deceptions
its unique flavor, making Clay’s novel perfect for readers who miss the romance-tinged historical novels of Rosalind
Laker. — John Charles, Booklist Review,
June 1, 2010
"DECEPTIONS is a masterfully crafted novel packed with little-known historical details and tidbits; a real page-turner."
-- Richard Whitaker, historian.
"DECEPTIONS delivers page-turning suspense and knife-edged tension. A heart-pounding romance with
captivating characters!" -- Melissa Frederick, author.
"Marilyn Clay's DECEPTIONS is a multi-layered story of struggle, lies and the quest for love in the New
World. The author remains faithful to historical detail, including language and actions; really setting the reader
into the time period. It was a joy to read such a wonderfully written historical novel. In fact, Ms. Clay so grounds
the reader in the historical period that I wouldn't be surprised to see tourism to Jamestown rise as a result of reading this
book! Readers of historical fiction will find themselves completely immersed in the time period and, more importantly, in
the story of feisty and intelligent Catherine, whose voyage to Jamestown is the beginning of a life-changing journey."
-- Edgar nominated author Libby Sternberg/Libby Malin
"DECEPTIONS is a great, fast-paced read with wonderful historical detail. The heroine really matures throughout
the story and you come to care about her trials and triumphs. A highly recommended read!" -- Angela
"Marilyn J. Clay's novel DECEPTIONS is packed with historical detail authentic to the period! Coupled with
a romance and a mystery, DECEPTIONS is an exceptionally enjoyable read!" --Linda Abel,
publisher of The Medieval Chronicle
DECEPTIONS is now available for the Kindle at Amazon.com and for the Nook Reader at
B&N.com; or ask your local library to order a copy of DECEPTIONS by Marilyn J. Clay from 5-Star Gale/Cengage.
To order an authographed hardcover edition of either DECEPTIONS or SECRETS
AND LIES ($22. plus s/h) or a FREE paperback edition (you pay only s/h) contact the author at the e-mail link below.
Be sure to read about Marilyn Clay's newest Colonial American novel, BETSY ROSS: ACCIDENTAL SPY
by clicking on the link in the column on the left hand side of this page. Thank you!
E-book for Kindle titled THE LETTER
E-book for the Nook re-titled THE LETTER
Here's a short excerpt from Chapter 1 of DECEPTIONS:
London, March 1617
The bright morning sun, squinting
through panes of wavy leaded glass scattered patches of bright light on the uneven floor of the small garret room. Furnished
only with a narrow bed, a cupboard, chair and low washstand, not even the sun could brighten up the cramped space squeezed
beneath the tiled roof of the otherwise elegant London townhome.
Light falling across her face awoke Catherine. With
a low groan, she turned toward the wall, at once aware of the same sense of dread and foreboding that had twisted her insides
the entire past month. Moments later, blinking sleep from her eyes, she pulled herself upright and cast an anxious gaze about
the tiny chamber she'd called home the past six years. The austere furnishings and low ceiling had always made her feel like
a prisoner...and unless she could figure out a way to escape today, she would virtually become one, her future lost to her
As usual this time of morning, the third floor of the sumptuous townhome, built by the popular architect
Inigo Jones, was silent as a tomb. The maidservants who occupied rooms on either side of Catherine arose far earlier than
she in order to scurry belowstairs and get about their duties.
Catherine had been a girl of ten and two years when,
upon the death of her mother, she'd been sent up to London to live with the aristocratic Lord and Lady Montcrief, to whom
she'd been told she had some connection, though no on had bothered to explain to the grief-stricken little girl what that
connection might be. During the ensuing years, Catherine had tried to please her guardians. Still, she knew they thought her
a foolish gel because she wanted the selfsame thing today that she wanted six years ago...to reunite with her father and brother
and spend the rest of her life in the arms of her beloved.
Finding a way to escape the Montcrief household should
be easier for a grown-up young lady of eighteen years. But thus far, no opportunity had presented itself, and now, today,
time had all but run out. If she did not find a way to escape today, all would be lost. She'd never see her father, or brother,
or him again.
DECEPTIONS is now available as an e-book for the B&N Nook, the Kobo reader and as
THE LETTER for the Kindle.
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