Caleb’s Crossing is set in the 1600’s. Bethia Mayfield grows up in a community of Puritans. She ventures out and forms a secret friendship with the son of a chieftain that influences her life. Bethia is strong, resolute and committed. Written in her voice she tells her life story …the yearnings closed to her because of her sex, her struggles with her religious beliefs and the guilt she carries. I enjoyed reading this book. Her struggles mirror conflicts that we all may have had to experience.
Ths is the library Brown Bag and a Book selection for June. I don’t want to give away the story, but I will say I enjoyed the book very much once I got past the language of 17th century Puritan community. Some of the words are archaic and only by reading and using context clues can you figure out the story.
Told by Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of the minister on a remote island, the story is both heartening and tragic. I imagine that is what life was about in the first few years of an established colony. Bethia is not the typical daughter of a colonist. She longs for an education equal to her brother’s, but women are not educated equal to the men in that era. Also, the author delves into Native American and colonists’ relationships, educating the Native American boys, converting the Native Americans to Christianity, and the rights of the women in the colony.
An interesting book, to say the least.