THE LETTER takes place in 1617 in Jamestown Virginia when a daring deception leads to dangerous passion in a riveting blend of romance, intrigue, and adventure. Marilyn Clay's acclaimed Jamestown novel THE LETTER will keep readers turning pages long into the night.
Desperate to escape a marriage arranged by her aristocratic London guardians and to wed her childhood sweetheart, beautiful but innocent Catherine Parke secretly boards a ship bound for the New World. But the shock of what greets Catherine in Jamestown nearly destroys her.
Although Catherine knows that adherence to strict moral codes rule the colonists’ lives, she soon discovers that beneath their proper facades not all is as it seems. Disappointments and disasters repeatedly test Catherine's strength and courage, but a burning desire to uncover the truth drives her to unravel a confusing web of lies and deceit.
With her own life in jeopardy, Catherine is drawn to the one man who can save her, but wonders if she can trust him, or will she be swept into an unknown and terrifying wilderness, once again loving the wrong man and paying dearly for it?
MARILYN CLAY's suspenseful and compelling tale of one courageous woman determined to forge a new life for herself in a frightening and dangerous New World is an irresistible combination of suspense and romance. Vivid historical details bring the Jamestown settlement and Indian villages to life. THE LETTER is well researched, fast-paced and brimming with unexpected twists and turns.
"A strong historical that brings the Jamestown Colony to life through the eyes of the determined heroine Catherine, who manages to travel to the New World in search of her betrothed. Breathtaking suspense follows as Catherine tries to unravel the mysterious happenings between her husband and the Powhatan Indians. Readers will relish this in-depth look at how the first English colonists struggle to survive in Jamestown.” —H. Klausner.
THE LETTER was originally published in hardcover under the title DECEPTIONS. (Now also avilable in Ebook as DECEPTIONS, and DANGEROUS DECEPTIONS.)
Marilyn Clay's historical suspense novel SECRETS AND LIES. Four young girls travel to the New World on a bride ship in search of love, adventure and a new life, but once in Jamestown are shocked to learn that someone wants them all dead!
BETSY ROSS: ACCIDENTAL SPY is another popular historical suspense novel by Marilyn Clay, set in Philadelphia in 1776. Quaker Betsy Ross determines to expose who killed her beloved husband John Ross, but is instead drawn into the dangerous and confusing underworld of spies and double agents. Can she catch the ruthless double spy before he kills her? Available in both print and e-book.
If you enjoy the historical novels of Libbie Hawker, Kathleen Koen, Kate Quinn, Karen Odden and Jim Fergus, you'll enjoy Marilyn Clay's historical suspense novels.
MARILYN CLAY is also the author of seven Regency romances, the most recent titled THE WRONG MISS FAIRFAX. Two look-alike cousins lead a titled gentleman on a merry chase. Unless he can sort out the puzzle, he just might propose to the wrong Miss Fairfax!
MARILYN CLAY is a respected historian of the English Regency. For sixteen years she published THE REGENCY PLUME, an international newsletter focused on the Regency period. A former University Editor with The University of Texas at Dallas, and professional commercial artist, she designed the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award statuette and was presented the first RITA award ever given at the RWA conference when the RITA was unveiled. Visit her website at Marilyn Clay Author.