THE ARCH OF STARS by Clifford Lindsey Alderman


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A long first novel whose easy flow manages to keep a large historical panorama and wealth of characters well in hand. A tempestuous meeting between Jared French and Arabella Druce, minister's son and tavern keeper's daughter, forces them both to leave Millbrook, Connecticut, in the 1770's. Jared moves on to the New Hampshire land grants to carve his future from the wilderness and Arabella departs for New York where her beauty and cunning have soon gained her riches and an equal amount of notoriety but failed to erase the memory of Jared. Becoming involved with Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain boys and working to build a homestead suitable for Ruth who shares his pioneering spirit, Jared's path criss-crosses with Arabella's again and again to no avail. The siege of Quebec and Arabella's activities as a British spy offer her a number of chances to repay Jared, now fully a soldier in the revolutionary cause, for his scorn but Ruth and the Revolutionists have history and the novelist on their side. Good continuity though weak in depth, on the whole a lively historical novel of convincing action and color.

Pub Date: June 23rd, 1950
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts