Book Review: ‘Beheld: A Novel’ By TaraShea Nesbit

Plymouth, Massachusetts in the year 1630, ten years after the Mayflower arrived in the new world. The people that have survived and live here are not all happy. Things have not gone according to plan for some of them. There’s a religious battle going on between the Puritans and Anglicans. Some of the people have not been given what they have been promised and this is causing tensions.

John and Eleanor Billington are not shy about such matters. They feel they haven’t been given what they were told as opposed to what Miles Standish and William and Alice Bradford have gotten. Then John Newcomen arrives and things take a deadly turn. Who is responsible for murder is the question and how will upset the balance of the people of Plymouth.

The story is told from the points of views of the different characters, making it an effective look at what is going on from these people. At its core it’s about family, the new world and friendships that are tested. I good historical fiction novel.

You can pick up Beheld in stores on Tuesday, March 17th from Bloomsbury.

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