The Fall Line: A Tale of Old Jamestown

The Fall Line: A Tale of Old Jamestown
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by Errol Burland

In 1674 circumstances drive Lyn Duke, Nat Bacon, and John Grey from the protective environment of their native Suffolk to the challenges of strife-ridden colonial Virginia. The three expect to find succor in the Tidewater, the area within the fall line of Virginia’s rivers, which is deemed safe. It is here that former generations of colonists have wrested the land from the Indians and replicated the gentility of life in upper-class England. But fate determines that Lyn, Nat, and John will not find the peace they seek. No sooner have they settled on their frontier plantation when a third Indian war plunges them into conflict, first with the Indians themselves, and then with the autocratic Governor Sir William Berkeley, and his Green Spring supporters. As blow after blow falls on the emigrants, Lyn loses the man she has loved since childhood and the cherished plantation where her child was born. Life both within and beyond the fall line defeats her, and it is not until she returns to Suffolk that she finds both the love and the peace she craves.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Errol Burland, a retired attorney, lives in Central Virginia. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the history of art, as well as a law degree. She and her husband have one child and two grandchildren. Errol is a member of the State Bars of California and Washington, D.C., and has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since 1965. Besides history, her other interests include literature, opera, the visual arts, hiking, golf, and skiing. This is her first published book.

(2006, paperback, 512 pages)

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Reader Review
“I tried to bring a lot of what I learned about dysfunctional families into the book,” says Burland. “I certainly learned a lot of psychology. I worked with a lot of psychologists and therapists, wonderful people.” After completing the research phase of the book, Burland began assembling the stories that had been simmering in her mind. “I generally work in the afternoon. I like to clear the day, take care of all the business, and hopefully get some exercise and have a clean mind and just sit down and write, whether I want to or not.”

- - Nelson County Life, goodreads, February 2007
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