(Review) Beheld by Tara Shea Nesbit


Publisher and Publication Date: Bloomsbury Publishing. March 17, 2020.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 288.
Source: I received a complimentary ebook copy from NetGalley, but was not required to leave a positive review.
Audience: Readers with an interest in early American history or Puritans.
Rating: Good.

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1630. Plymouth.
Beheld focuses on two very different families living in Plymouth. One is a Puritan family. The patriarch is Governor Bradford. His wife is Alice. They have a young family. Alice is Governor Bradford’s second wife. His first wife, Dorothy died. The second family is Billington. John Billington is not a Puritan, but a Congregant. He had been an indentured servant. He has a family. He’s a farmer. He had come over on the Mayflower ten years before the current story began. His wife is Eleanor.
The book is explained as the story of the first murder in Plymouth.

My Thoughts:
Beheld is not a good book to read if you are depressed. I didn’t like any of the characters. They are sad, bedraggled, gray type people.
Each side of the religious people groups believe the other group is wrong. Each side is prideful, arrogant, haughty; and they want to believe they are the “it” group. This kind of thinking is divisive, and at some point there will be big trouble.
Women are sometimes able to speak with one another and come to a calm outcome or at least a calm pause in trouble. Beheld did not show this aspect.
What I like about Beheld:
•I learned about the culture of women in this era. Included is courting, marriage, pregnancy, and labor.
•Sea travel. It’s rough, and not a great adventure. It’s dangerous.
•It showed the harsh life of a Puritan in Plymouth. I felt this aspect was an education.


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