Historical Fiction

From Infamy to Hope

Category:Historical Fiction

Author:Stephen Lewis

  • Publisher: Austin Macauley
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 212
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1685624804
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1685624804
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In the riveting historical novel, From Infamy to Hope by Stephen Lewis, readers are transported to the heart of 17th-century Puritan Boston through the compelling narrative of Rachel Moore, a resilient housemaid facing religious persecution. The story develops against the backdrop of Puritan Boston, with Governor John Winthrop and the formidable Anne Hutchinson playing pivotal roles. Rachel, a young servant girl, becomes the victim of a heinous crime and finds herself at the center of a society marked by judgment and moral rigidity. Convicted of fornication, she is sentenced to wear a black W for ''whore'' on her gown, bearing the weight of shame.

Amidst the religious fervor and moral strife, Anne Hutchinson emerges as a courageous opponent, challenging the oppressive norms of the colony. As Puritan Boston heads into war with the Pequot Indians, Rachel, driven by maternal desperation, masquerades as a boy soldier in an attempt to reclaim her baby, who was callously sold to the Pequots by her alcoholic father. The narrative climaxes with the brutal final battle where the colonial army, led by Governor Winthrop, lays siege to the Pequot's fortified village in Mystic, Connecticut. Rachel stands on the precipice of hope and despair, surrounded by the ashes of war, as she searches for her lost child.

Lewis weaves historical facts into the story with skill and expertise, examining questions of faith, morality, and the resilient human spirit. The book not only explores the personal journey of Rachel but also looks into the larger social issues, including Hutchinson's opposition and subsequent excommunication. The legacy of Anne Hutchinson, who was once banished and excommunicated, is poignantly reflected in a statue before the State House in Boston and a parkway in New York bearing her name. The narrative comes full circle as it draws connections between Hutchinson's descendants. From Infamy to Hope offers a captivating exploration of a rowdy period in American history, reminding readers of the enduring power of hope, resilience, and the pursuit of justice. It is meticulously researched and excellently executed, a story that is spellbinding and imaginative. 

Reviewed By: Daniel Rhodes

Reviewed Date: January 1, 2024

Category: Historical Fiction