October 9: Mass Mayflower Book Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Mass Mayflower Book Club will take place on Wednesday, October 9 at 10 a.m. at the Mayflower Society House.


The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants selects Before the Mayflower: A Novel by J.L. Rose for a Book Discussion at the Mayflower Society House.

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WHEN? Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE? The Mayflower Society House (4 Winslow St. Plymouth, MA)

WHAT? Before the Mayflower: A Novel by J.L. Rose


If you were living in civilized places like England or the Netherlands, why would you consider boarding the Mayflower, bound for the New World? The Atlantic crossing would be a nightmare, with the threat of storms, pirates, and cramped and dark conditions. Even if you reached land, you were destined for a wild place, lacking shelter and filled with uncertainty. Your odds of survival hovered at 50 percent. 

Enter the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a time of transition from Queen Elizabeth to King James in England, and in the Netherlands, the Dutch Golden Age. The story of the 33 years leading up to the famous Mayflower voyage is told in this meticulously researched novel, combining known names like Brewster and Bradford with the fictional family of printer Nicholas Okes.

The printing press connects the characters, with some obeying the King’s rules, and others printing forbidden works. Romance ripples through the families, leading them to the docks in Southampton, waiting in the shadow of the ship. Who will venture aboard, and will it be for love, land, or religious freedom?


WHO? The discussion will be facilitated by Peggy Baker, a local Plymouth historian and the Thomas Roger Family editor of the GSMD Silver Books, the Director Emerita of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum, and an Honorary Life Member of the MSMD.

Mark your calendars and start reading! For more information, please contact Cynthia Tinney at cmtinney@yahoo.com or 781-878-5273.

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