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Deep Summer (Plantation Trilogy #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  908 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Not long before the American Revolution, Judith Sheramy, a Puritan girl from New England, rode a flatboat down the Mississippi River with her family. On the river she met an adventurer, Philip Larne -- cavalier and slave smuggler.

The story of Judith and Philip is one of struggle - the passionate struggle of their stormy marriage, their struggle from jungle cabin to plantat
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published December 12th 1996 by Buccaneer Books (first published January 1st 1937)
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My Goodreads friend Anne, suggested this older book and I'm so thankful that she did. Somehow I had never gotten around to reading any of Gwen Bristow's book but I will be making up for lost time now.

The Puritan Sheramy family travel by flatboat from Connecticut to Louisiana after Mark Sheramy receives a grant of land there. Judith Sheramy, his 16 year old daughter secretly falls in love with a fellow traveler, Phillip Larne and they elope soon after their arrival in LA.

Phillip Larne, a rather n
Oct 12, 2009 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful tale of two families settling into Louisiana while it was still a wilderness, carving out their homes, crops, subsequent plantations and family dynasties, along with their dependence on slaves to maintain those plantations.

The author has a nice way of making you feel and see the realities of life in the south, including the bugs and the oppresive heat. It was wonderful learning about the early settlers in Louisiana, up to its entrance into the US as a territory. Prior to tha
May 26, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1946, this novel is the embodiment of classic southern historical fiction! Suffice to say, I LOVE IT!!! Well developed characters and a fast paced storyline... I really didn't want it to end!!! But I'm happy to say I get to enjoy two more books in this trilogy... I recommend to every historical fiction fan!!!

Where to begin.

I know that when I pick up a book by Gwen Bristow, I'm bound to enjoy it. I haven't yet read a book of hers I didn't like. This was no exception, but I'll admit it isn't my favorite.

Each character is so completely human that I found myself cringing when they'd make choices that wouldn't turn out well. And when they made good ones it just seemed to fit their characters. Philip, the hero never claimed to be good, he was a pirate and for much of his life a delinquent. Although I li
Mar 24, 2012 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that sucks me in from the first page. It has everything I love in a book. History of a place I know little about (Louisiana) human endurance, complex family relationships, and love. It was written in the 1930's and told of the building up of a Louisiana plantation in the late 1700's. I am not sure if it is because of when it was written, or because the author was trying to be true to the time that the story took place, but the story was told by the white people and only ...more
This book has two big advantages:

1) It is a good historical fiction.

There are many facts and important happenings. I have known nothing about Louisiana (maybe a little about contemporary New Orlean). I am also surprised how complex was the history of USA. For years, for me it was something like: Indians > Columbus > first English colonies > the American War of Independence > the American Civil War plus fight with Indians, problems with racism. And of course the myth of the wild west.
I am torn between 'liked it' and 'really liked it'. Great read for anyone intersted in the old south and new orleans. The portrayal and address of slavery is a bit off putting. this book was written in 1937 and there is a liberal use of the "n" word. Otherwise, it is a good story. Felt that parts of it were a bit rushed. Starts off with good charater development but towards the end there are some holes. I liked it well enough to put the next installment on hold at the library.
Die 15-jährige Judith aus Connecticut ist mit ihren Eltern und ihrem Bruder auf einem Boot in Louisiana unterwegs, um sich dort niederzulassen und ein neues Leben auf der eigenen Plantage zu beginnen. Unterwegs begegnen sie dem etwas zwielichtigen Philipp, in den sich Judith prompt verliebt. Kaum am Ziel angekommen, brennt sie mit ihm durch. Philipp hat wie Judiths Vater Land von der englischen Krone für Verdienste im Krieg bekommen. Auch er gründet eine Indigo-Plantage. Wie wird Judiths Leben d ...more
Kate Quinn
May 07, 2009 Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep Summer is the first of Gwen Bristow's Plantation Trilogy, which centers around a Louisiana plantation and the family who runs it. Judith is a Puritan girl on the boat to the Louisiana frontier with her strait-laced family, and she startles herself by eloping with a handsome and penniless aristocrat named Philip who is determined to start his own dynasty in the raw and rough Delta country. The book chronicles Philip and Judith's life from early love through poverty, children, riches, betraya ...more
Jun 17, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
I liked this quite a bit; it's an interesting look at the very beginnings of plantation life (first indigo plantations; later sugar and cotton) in Louisiana. There is a lot about the slave trade and slavery which is uncomfortable to read now, but which I'm sure is pretty accurate. This is the start of a three-volume family saga, and it's interesting to follow the fates of the several different families in the book, who are from quite different social classes.
Susan Gabel
Mar 01, 2013 Susan Gabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This series is very good. I read it years ago and still remember them. I introduced my daughter to them and she loves them also. I would recommend them if you enjoy reading about a family and following them through the years.
I loved Gwen Bristow's Jubilee Trail so wanted to read another. I enjoyed it but didn't really like one of the main characters. It was interesting to read about life back then on the southern plantations (this was set in Louisiana) were just starting, about the same time as the Revolutionary War.
Jul 04, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep Summer is the first novel in the Plantation Trilogy originally published in 1946 and thanks to Open Road Media it is now available digitally. It takes us into the lives of Judith Sheramy who along with her family traveled down the Mississippi River from New England to begin life anew in Louisiana. Along the way they encounter Philip Larne, a charismatic slave smuggler who enchants young Judith and encourages her to come build an empire with him.

Caffeinated Aspects:
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What a surprising read.
The last books I have read about plantation life are always filled with judgement about the slave trade but this author just told the story and you can make your own judgments which I liked.

After reading 1/5th of the book I wrote:
"Well I have already read nearly 1/5th of this book in one go because it is an easy read. I was quite surprised that I liked it because yes these were the books I used to read when I was much younger. I loved books that were situated on a plantat
Sherry Bledsoe
Jun 05, 2016 Sherry Bledsoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep Summer - 5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and how the family started their dynasty carved from the wilderness on not much more than a dream and a prayer. I loved how the story was a real story and not just the usual historical love story all tied up neat with ribbons and bows. It made me look forward to the sequel. The only negative thing I can say about the book is that it was offered to me thru my Kindle Unlimited Membership, but the sequel was not and appears
Jan 03, 2012 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Gwen Bristow since I was a teenager when I first read Celia Garth so I was quite excited when my sister gave me this to read. It's a pretty good story about pioneering in Louisiana in the years before and after the Revolutionary War. Although the historical detail is completely accurate, I was a bit ashamed of the way the slaves were discussed and treated and also how those with money looked down on the poor whites. Judith and Philip Larne are likeable, but since my present wo ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great easy read. Excellent reminder of the arc of a person's life and the very real presence of intense joy and suffering--as a result ourselves or others. Definitely fodder for reflection.
Jan 28, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I read this as a young girl (40 years ago - yikes!) and remembered nothing about it so decided to try it again when Kindle had the trilogy for $1.99. The major plot points came back to me, but I have difficulties with this book as an adult. The slavery (of course), the way that Judith has to make seemingly all of the concessions, the use of one character strictly as a plot point. The history is interesting, and the plot moves along. I was entertained, but that's about it. Jubilee Trail and ...more
Feb 10, 2017 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captures a lot of the history and culture of early Louisiana (1770s-1810s) though some of the characterizations of the slaves fall into the old stereotypes and leave them limited. Will probably read the next book.
Jenness Jordan
Jan 11, 2017 Jenness Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Southern Tale

Ms. Bristow did a fine job. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and meeting all of the splendid characters. Her characters are credible and as a reader, I found them to be relatable. Another great aspect of this story was Ms. Bristow's choice in diction and figurative language. She chose appropriate words and dialect which gave this story credibility. The words and dialect for the conversations between the characters brought the story and the characters to life. These words tha
Oct 11, 2016 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep Summer is a well written historical novel which covers the settling of a bit of what is now Louisiana in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. The emphasis is more on the lives of a family that cleared land, bought slaves, and developed that land into a plantation. Little is said of the politics of the time that influenced the development of Louisiana. The characters were well developed and the story kept me reading. At times it was hard putting the book aside. I am looking forward to reading ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep Summer is book one of the Plantation trilogy by Gwen Bristow. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had never read anything of Gwen Bristow’s before and only got this one because it was about plantations and was on Kindle Unlimited so I got it for free. I am definitely so glad I got this book. It is one of the best I have read in a while. Any book that keeps me up all night and ends with tears is a fantastic book. It is set in the Louisiana territory prior to its being sold to the Unit ...more
I read this out of curiosity because I'm familiar with the setting (Baton Rouge area). It's a simply written romantic fiction set in the late 1700's as the early pioneers filtered into the lower Mississippi valleys. Talk about bugs! I know the author was writing from the white plantation owner's perspective, but it was hard to read about the buying and selling of human beings as if they were sacks of flour.
Gwen Bristow’s classic Southern novel tells of the first forays of a family of settlers in deep Louisiana. The Sheramys travelled from Connecticut to what they call then as West Florida in the 1880s to claim a land property. As they cruised along the Mississippi River, they happened to meet a dashing young man who fancied the Sheramy daughter, Judith. Originally published in 1937 and the first book in Plantation Trilogy, Deep Summer is mostly the story of Judith Sheramy and Phillip Larne when th ...more
May 25, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Deep Summer is the first of Gwen Bristow’s Plantation Trilogy that is being re-released. I grew up in the 1970’s reading my mother’s books voraciously. I adored Ms. Bristow’s other books, as they were epic historical novels with heroines that I adored. I don’t know why this one slipped through the cracks. Deep Summer follows Judith Sheramy from the moment she marries Philip Larne as a young girl in the early days of Louisiana b ...more
May 21, 2014 Mirella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while, a great book comes along – and this is it! From its compelling characters, to the tumultuous backdrop, this family saga kept me enthralled to the very end. The first book in a trilogy, Deep Summer’s main focus is Philip and Judith Larne who marry and establish a plantation in the Louisianna territory. The story expands to encompass key characters from surrounding plantations.

Beautifully written, the storyline moves along at a steady clip as the characters face numerous threats i
Kris - My Novelesque Life

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

"For his service in the king's army during the French and Indian War, Judith Sheramy's father, a Puritan New Englander, is granted a parcel of land in far-off Louisiana. As the family ventures down the Mississippi to make a new home in the wilderness, Judith meets Philip Larne, an adventurer who travels in the finest clothes Judith has ever seen. He is a rogue, a killer, and a thief - and the first thing he steals is Ju
Eileen Iciek
Nov 07, 2015 Eileen Iciek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this novel many years ago, as well as the rest of Gwen Bristow's books. The writing style is different now from those times, as well as the way race is discussed in literature. I doubt these books would have been the bestsellers they were when they were first published if they were published today. The story of Judith Sheramy Larne and the early settlers in Louisiana still fascinated me, partly because I lived for a time in New Orleans and my first ancestor to settle in this country ...more
Oh lordy, I read these great potboilers when I was a teen avid for some historical romance. They are out of print, mostly, but there are Kindle editions. I just love re-reading them every once in a great while. Total guilty pleasure, so there!

One caveat. These were written in the late '40's, so there is plenty of racism in these historical novels that are about plantation owners in the Deep South. The only African American characters that get any treatment at all in the novel are half white, so
Trudy Carlson
Aug 17, 2014 Trudy Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book venue is historical fiction and the Deep Summer series starts with the beginning of the Louisiana purchase and ends with the uprising of slaves on plantations. The second book continues with the same family members but skips a generation. I first read this series when I was in my 20's and have reread it many, many times and every time it's as if I am reading it for the first time.

This series is a case of not judging a book by its cover because the cover would lend one to believe
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American author and journalist. She studied at Columbia University and afterwards wrote for a number of literary magazines and journals. Eventually she moved to New Orleans, and worked at the Times-Picayune. She became interested in longer forms of writing—novels and short stories—through her husband, screenwriter Bruce Manning, and published her first novel in 1929.

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