Old New York has an able historian in Gladys Malvern, whose Ann Lawrence of Old New York and Your Kind Indulgence gave younger readers a vivid sense of the early town. Now comes this exciting, romantic story of New Amsterdam, the neat little Dutch city of Peter Stuyvesant, at the time of the English seige and capture. It was all in the making when Eric Sparrow and his two pretty daughters, 16 and 17, sailed down the Hudson from the wilderness farm, to settle in the ""city"". The Sparrows were English, but they loved the Dutch town at first sight, and were drawn into its friendly social life. There is plenty of romance for all three, but the personality of the story is the town itself, with its exotic stores, its busy harbor, its political intrigues, its housing shortage. There is the intense suspense of an unprotected city awaiting destruction, there's the stubborness of Peter Stuyvesant, the bravery, humor and philosophy of the people. Rooted in sound knowledge of the period- and a good story as well.