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My Name Is Resolute

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,266 Ratings  ·  865 Reviews
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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Jun 06, 2014 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
Nov 29, 2013 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
Jun 19, 2014 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
Oct 30, 2013 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
Diane Lynn
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book!
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My delay in writing this review isn't due to my finishing it nor my enthusiasm for the book. I finished it prior to having surgery, and am just now feel up to putting my thoughts into words. My feeling about the book hasn't diminished.

This is my kind of book! It has characters that stir my heart, a scope of history that is interesting, and a wealth of information about places and times I've never heard before. The writing was captivating for me. Resolute is aptly named because she is tenacious
Feb 18, 2014 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.
Sep 02, 2013 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!
Oct 25, 2014 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 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
Mailee Pyper
Nov 12, 2014 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
Apr 05, 2014 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
Beth Sponzilli
An epic read. I think my favorite of the year so far. It has everything I like in historical fiction.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was a little bit disappointed with this book. Just a very little bit. I loved the early chapters. I thought they were rich with detail and setting, but the next 50 or so years of Resolute's life felt like a sampler--just skimming over years and characters and huge, life-changing events without giving the same care and detail that had been shown early on.

I loved the scope of the book, although that obviously contributed to my last complaint that too much was skipped in the later half of the bo
Apr 03, 2014 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
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece. Turner's historically authentic narration of "Resolute" is perfect, from the confused and frightened perspective of a child ripped from her home to the voice of the loyal wife, mother, and brave Patriot she would eventually become. Woven with lyrical prose and striking truth, this is the gripping life story of a woman who suffered much, yet persevered to fight for love and liberty in the land that--at long last--she came to call home.

"My story is the story of other women like me,
Marsella Johnson
Mar 25, 2014 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
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Initial thoughts: I have decided that this is the best book that I've EVER read. I thought about this while I read it slowly, and I've thought about it since I finished reading. It'll take me a little while to sort through my final thoughts, but for now just know that:

1. this is a very strong book.
2. Resolute is a very strong character-my new favorite female lead.
3. I've never felt so "in the middle of" past history before as it came alive on pages that I was simply reading.
4. there are passag
Erin Isgett
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic book by Turner. I love historical fiction with a strong female protagonist, and Resolute was that. As a stubborn, headstrong child, she drove me crazy, and as she aged and learned from her experiences, I wanted happiness for her. The story kept me riveted the entire time, and I grew to love so many of the characters. It has been a while since I've read anything from the Revolutionary time period, and I don't know that I've read much in the decades leading up to it, so I really ...more
 Barb Bailey
Apr 20, 2014 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
My first 5 star book of 2016 and boy was it ever so good and exciting all the way from the beginning to the end. I appreciate the effort and research that the author brought to this period book. Resolute is a character that you gladly cheer for on the sidelines, the book is literally steeped in history and atmosphere. One of my all time favorites.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read in a long time....Nancy knows how to write an epic novel with characters you love, and hate, during a difficult time in history. Its books like this that make history come alive for me!!
Laura Lee
Nov 07, 2013 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!
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you love historical fiction? Do you enjoy a gripping adventure? Do you have the time to read a 600 page page-turner? If you answered "yes" to these questions, My Name is Resolute is a must read for you!

The novel begins in the early 1700's where 10 year old Resolute and her 20 year old sister Patience are instructed to run and hide in the wake of a pirate attack on their beloved Jamaican plantation. In the course of this exciting historical saga, Resolute is kidnapped, sold into slavery, and e
Amy S
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just finished this last night and have been thinking about it today. Reading this book is no small feat, it clocks in at 600-something pages and is not a light read. "My Name is Resolute" is long because it spans a woman's life. It encompasses the joys, the lows, adversity, and triumph.

The book begins with Resolute Talbot, a ten-year-old girl and British citizen from a high-born family, living on a plantation in Jamaica. She has a good life. A loving family, money, and is learning to be a
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub, historical
2 stars because the quality of the writing is well done with good character development.

That said, I cannot recommend this to my friends and family. The American revolution figures as a side-plot toward the end instead of the focus, as insinuated by the book blurb. The main focus is to drive home just how terrible an existence 18th century women had and to traumatize and depress the reader (I'm only half joking). Resolute is determined to be a "strong female character" and that's about the only
Suzanne Hudson
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't say it better than this review by Liz in my Goodreads feed.
Note: This is straight from her review. I just couldn't say it better. YES YES YES
"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 t
Nov 12, 2014 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
Jun 20, 2014 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
Mar 21, 2014 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
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