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My Name Is Resolute

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The year is 1729, and Resolute Talbot and her siblings are captured by pirates,taken from their family in Jamaica, and brought to the New World. Resolute and her sister are sold into slavery in colonial New England and taught the trade of spinning and weaving. When Resolute finds herself alone in Lexington, Massachusetts, she struggles to find her way in a society that is ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jul 06, 2014 Brook rated it it was amazing
the entire household is asleep--because i stayed up way to late finishing this book. now, i'm scrolling through reviews, wishing i had several friends that had already read this book so we could have a midnight book group. an excellent read. i started it a few weeks ago and had to put it down after a couple hundred pages--it almost felt too heavy. but, i am so happy i picked it up again, because i would have missed out on some awesomeness that was coming resolute's way:). this is a heart-breakin ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing
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I won this ARC as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The expected release date is February 18th.

I will start by sharing a little bit of how I have been introduced to Turners works. For many months her other novel These is My Words kept appearing in my recommended list on Goodreads based on other novels I had read and rated. I finally purchased the book and I had enjoyed it immensely. When I saw that she
Jan 18, 2014 Dana rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Goodreads' giveaway program. I feel awful writing a not so great review, but I do want to be honest.

"My Name Is Resolute" was my first Nancy Turner book, which followed Resolute as she was kidnapped from her home and sold into slavery. Resolute was renamed as Mary by her first owners, and I loved that she continued to declare her identity and true name even when it resulted in punishment. Resolute was determined not to lose herself identity as a slave and I liked that sp
Jul 26, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing
L-O-V-E. This book is everything historical fiction should be. It was informative, thought provoking, eye opening, lovely, hard to put down, and ultimately very difficult to say good bye to. I dragged out reading it for almost two weeks, savoring each moment, reveling in the pages I had left before it ended. Nancy Turner out did herself with the research and scope of her novel. Having read These Is My Words 10 years ago I was delighted to reconnect with this author.
I found Resolute flawed and h
Jan 21, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, anne-bogel
This book is brimming with history. In the beginning I was a bit disenchanted as Resolute told lies and continued to ignore facts and wanted the things she could not have. I had to remind myself she was only eleven at the time. Nancy E. Turner can weave historical fiction so well and I became intimately involved with all of the characters. A truly well written story.
Aug 27, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-own
This goes on my list of all time favorite historical fiction. It is breathtaking how it grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the last page. This is my favorite genre by far, and I've read a lot of it. But Nancy Turner is in a class by herself! Her characters become so fleshed out and real in the telling that I'm sure they will stay with me for quite awhile. Read it ASAP!
Mailee Pyper
Nov 12, 2014 Mailee Pyper rated it it was ok
If this book had not been for a book club I would have stopped reading it in the first 50 pages. As it was, I persevered and loved pieces of it, despised others, was glad to have been witness to some of the wonderful deep poignant moments that show the wisdom and depth and meaning behind all human experience, wished I could erase some of the things read from my mind and regretted the day I read them. All in all, this book had wonderful moments, and terrible ones, but the wonderful parts did not, ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
"My Name is Resolute" kept me up into the small hours of the morning reading, more than once! This was an enthralling read for me and came just when I was hungering for something long, historical, and intriguing : )

Resolute, along with her family, is captured by pirates and removed from her Jamaican plantation home. Her sister Patience, protects her during the voyage and their brother August is also being held in a different area of the ship. Piracy in the early 1700's was common and it just so
Oct 28, 2014 Mckelle rated it it was ok
I probably shouldn't be allowed to rate this book, as I only read the first half, and it honestly seemed like it might have been starting to get better. But by then I was already done. It wasn't awful, but it was so long that it wasn't worth giving up that many more hours of my life to finish an okay book. I loved These Is My Words so I had high expectations and was ultimately disappointed.

What I liked: Resolute's attitude. She would say and do some fiery things when the book included dialogue
Apr 05, 2014 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Unlike my daughter-in-law who reads the end of a book first (!), I'm so glad that I had no idea the events this book would lead me to.

I loved reading the author's books about the historical fictional life of an American pioneer, Sarah Agnes Prine, These Is My Words. Also, the two follow-up books of her life. I am realizing that I generally expect an author's next work to be very similar to the previous books I read and enjoyed.

I definitely enjoyed My Name Is Resolute, and I was completely surpr
Apr 03, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it
How I wish I had the talent to craft such beautiful thoughts as Ms. Turner! "These Is My Words" has remained among the top of my favorite books (how is it possible to ever pick just one favorite?) since I read it years ago. I might not remember much of what took place in that epic novel, but I will ever remember how I felt as I read, how my heart ached with Sarah Prine's and how unsettling it was to return to this modern world after finishing the book.

I think Resolute will linger in my mind for
Marsella Johnson
Aug 01, 2014 Marsella Johnson rated it it was amazing
Wow, I love historical fiction and this knocked my socks off. I spent the whole weekend reading it non-stop. I've read all of Ms. Turner's books and enjoyed and recommend them all but this one is exceptional in it's scope. A young, spoiled girl living on a plantation in 1729 Jamaica is stolen away with her two siblings by pirates. She is sold into slavery of numerous kinds and her ability to lie quickly on her feet is a saving grace, although she pays dearly for it. She is sassy and irreverent b ...more
 Barb Bailey
Jan 02, 2016 Barb Bailey rated it it was amazing
I loved all 600 plus pages of this book. In the 1729, seven year old Resolute is stolen from her parents plantation in Jamaica with some of the slaves who worked there. Her life drastically changes as she is sold in the US and becomes an indentured servant . This is a story of survival, determination, wit, values and much more. I took my time reading this historical fiction and think it is one that should stay on my shelves. Well written, well researched. Great read for a book club discussion . ...more
High Plains Library District
Feb 23, 2015 High Plains Library District rated it it was amazing
Shelves: laura
What an incredible story of a brave woman!

From the moment you meet Resolute as a young, eleven year-old girl, you are swept up in the adventure that becomes her life and her story. From the hold of pirate ships, to being held captive by Indians and nuns, her determination mixed with some luck bring her to Lexington, MA before America is free from British rule.

Her courage will surprise you, her stories will make you laugh, and her losses will make you cry.

Making her living as a weaver, her sto
Laura Lee
Apr 17, 2014 Laura Lee rated it it was amazing
Six stars. Epic, over a course of 50 years. Reminded me of the Outlander series. Good book club book. Wish author was a GoodReads writer so I could send her email. Your book is great!
Oct 21, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
4.5, but I'm going to round up because she somehow managed to maintain her strengths as a writer while creating a book with an entirely different feel. Her deep and strong characters are still present, as well as her vivid sense of historic place, but this book isn't just a new setting for an old story. Resolute is a very different character than Sarah. While Sarah makes mistakes, she's always intensely likeable and sympathetic. It takes a long time for Resolute to become likeable. Well-crafted ...more
Debbie Dyckman
Aug 28, 2014 Debbie Dyckman rated it really liked it
This story is a beautifully written historical novel chock full of memorable characters, tales of adventure, heartbreaking tragedy, and bits of factual history skillfully woven throughout a book you do not want to see end. The closer I got to the end of Resolute's tale, the slower my reading became. Like the sadness one feels in watching a loved one's well lived life draw to a close, I did not want the emotional connection I felt for Resolute end with the last sentence of the final chapter. Her ...more
Karen Palmer
Nov 29, 2015 Karen Palmer rated it it was amazing
An excellent read! This book captured my attention from the first chapter. I felt some similarities with the adventures recounted in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped". At nearly 600 pages, it is a long book but I found myself unable to put it down and the characters stayed in my mind when not reading. If you like historical fiction, you will thoroughly enjoy reading "My Name is Resolute" by Nancy E. Turner.
Jan 01, 2015 Charis rated it really liked it
I have to admit, this story turned out to be nothing as I expected, and that's a good thing. While the first third of the story is a bit fantastic - from Jamaica to slavery, kidnapped by Indians, sold to a convent, escape to pre-Revolutionary war New England, I enjoyed the story so much more once Resolute grew into herself, met Calum and began her life outside of Boston. From this point it bears quite a bit of resemblance to Outlander (referring to Scottish Highlanders with a price on their head ...more
Kris Irvin
Apr 29, 2015 Kris Irvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is the type of quality content I want to read all the time. Nancy Turner has such a gift for writing. I love her.

This book was kind of intimidating because it is so very long. It took me a little while to get interested in the story, but after the first 50 pages, I couldn't put it down. Literally. I stayed up all night reading this book and didn't regret it a bit. It was compelling and realistic and fascinating and painful and beautiful. It earned itself a place on my bookshelves and I'm g
Holly Weiss
I've read all of Nancy E. Turner's books. She knows how to rope in a reader and this book is no exception. Her historical research is evident. I love the old days when people's names really meant something. Resolute, the female protagonist, is indeed, resolute. The plot has many twists and turns and ends at the American Revolution. Resolute's life never seems to be easy. Just when she thinks things are on an even keel, something calamitous happens, but she courageously moves to the next phase.

Scottsdale Public Library
The story is about a young woman overcoming tremendous odds in early North America. The format is similar to that used in "These is my Words," by following youth to old age. I could not get enough of this book. I loved the snippets of what may have been true historically and just picturing the life in New England as stirrings of the Revolutionary War began. It would be a fun book to read with high school seniors. – Sandy C.

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Well I really loved this book. It felt like I was there and wanted to shout to everyone to read but once I had read 75% I got bored. The last part took so long to finish. Yes it is quite a large book but the first 75% I could not stop reading and I still recommend it.
Looking at the reviews on amazon through my kindle I could not help but notice the raving reviews so perhaps it was me. I am going to give it 4 for reminding me how much fun a good book is.

wow it took me 10 days to read. Oh well 7 o
Apr 15, 2014 Kimw rated it really liked it
This novel is a marvelous old-fashioned narrative romp through parts of the New World in the eighteenth century, from a British plantation in Jamaica to Montreal to the New England colonies. The heroine is complicated, strong, and intelligent, but is taken down difficult paths, elucidating the period and places through which she moves. A great read in which to lose yourself if you're not in the mood for anything approaching rocket science.
Sandi Banks
Aug 24, 2015 Sandi Banks rated it it was amazing
This book was an excellent historically fiction saga of a fascinating 18th century heroine Resolute Talbot. The book begins when Resolute is a ten year privileged English girl living the "good life" in colonial Jamaica. The adventure and struggle of Resolute and most of her family come every soon when they are kidnapped by evil pirates . The story is an exciting survival story of many difficult circumstances especially in the first half. Fifty years of history of colonial and revolutionary Ameri ...more
May 17, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
My reaction to 'My Name is Resolute' is very similar to 'These is My Words" -- I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. Resolute is a great, well-rounded character and it was neat to watch her grow and mature (she felt very real to me), but I'm not sure how much I liked following her story for so long. I had the same problem with 'These is My Words'. The book felt stretched to me -- it could've been much shorter than it was and more focused.

I genuinely liked some parts (like her run-in with the appl
Apr 08, 2015 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-book
Once again Nancy Turner does not disappoint with this story of a young girl captured by pirates from her plantation in Jamaica, where her father, a British subject, resides as the Governor. Her parents both killed, she, along with her elder sister and brother, endure a horrific ship crossing, starvation, and beatings, only to be traded to French pirates for them to sell in the Americas. She ends. up sold to a nunnery in Canada to work, and escapes with her sister and her Indian boyfriend, ending ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Andralynn rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful. As is usually the case with Turner's books, it took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. Turner is a master at creating full, deep, real characters that I just love.

Resolute Talbot goes through some of the most trying experiences I could imagine. She goes from being a pampered daughter of wealthy plantation owners to being a captive on a pirate ship to being a slave in a Puritan household. And yet she perseveres.

What I love most about
Jul 06, 2015 T rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a grand story - in every sense. It's not something that I'd dub a novel, but rather literature . It covers 52 years of the life of Resolute, from 1729 when she was 10 y-o living in Jamaica through 1781 when she was 62 and living in Massachusetts. This is not a short read but I found that there was not one word too much in chronicling her experiences, starting with her being captured as a young girl and continuing to and through her senior years as a grandmother and widow. I was drawn i ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
3 stars. I might have given this 2.5 stars, but I'll throw in an extra half star in appreciation for a strong female main character. Turner's These Is My Words is one of my favorite books, so I had high hopes for this one. It's an okay read, but nowhere near as good as These Is My Words.

The positives: Turner is at her best when writing about relationships. I love that in both this book and These Is My Words there is a love story involved, but the story doesn't end with marriage. The author also
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