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Determined to set the historical record straight, and clear her conscience, Temperance Flowerdew - the wife of Virginia’s first two governors - puts quill to paper, recounting the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees, and the extraordinary sacrifice of her servant girl, Lily.

When she steps aboard the Falcon in 1609, Temperance Flowerdew is not only setting sail from England to the distant shores of America, she’s embarking upon a future of opportunity. She doesn’t yet know how she will make her mark, but in this new place she can do or be whatever she wants.

Willing as she is to brave this new world, Temperance is utterly ill-equipped to survive the wilderness; all she knows is how to live inside the pages of adventure and philosophy books. Loyally at her side, Lily helps Temperance weather pioneer life. A young woman running from lifelong accusations of witchcraft, Lily finds friendship with Temperance and an acceptance of her psychic gifts. 

Together, they forge paths within the community: Temperance attempts to advise the makeshift government, while Lily experiences the blossoming of first love.

But as the harsh winter approaches, Lily intuitively senses a darkness creep over the colony and the veneer of civilized life threatens to fall away - negotiations with the Indians grow increasingly hostile and provisions become scarce. Lily struggles to keep food on the table by foraging in the woods and being resourceful. Famine could mean the end of days. It’s up to Lily to save them both, but what sacrifice will be enough to survive?

A transporting and evocative story, The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is a fiercely hopeful novel - a portrait of two intrepid women who choose to live out their dreams of a future more free than the past. 

©2020 Denise Heinze (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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historical accuracy is lacking

I enjoy historical fiction and realize that it is fiction. However, I expect it to be it's true as possible to the history. I'm about a third of the way through this book and I am uncertain if I will continue. It is a good story and is Well written. I do have a bit of trouble with the narrator but not so much that I would stop reading. but I object to the fact that historical figures are not written accurately. specifically, and stop reading if you don't want to hear this, the two governors are actual people. one was never married and the other was married to a woman named Elizabeth. so the account of temperance being married to the two governors is patently false. also I do not believe the characterization that she manipulated the leaders of the settlement to follow her bidding. the story seems to indicate that they were stupid man and that the settlement would have been bigger disaster if it hadn't been for a woman. I like the idea of a strong woman. I like the idea of Pocahontas. I don't like the idea of temperance. add to that the fact that temperance is inapt at life in the wilderness and allows her servant to keep her alive. perhaps but that makes her a manipulative and weak woman instead of a strong one.