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The Canterbury Question -- EPUB

  • Opening a school for “little misses of color” brings two men into Prudence’s life—one determined to destroy her, another determined to marry her.
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Release Date:
May 11, 2013
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Debbie Taylor

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Reared in a New England Quaker family in the early 1800’s, Prudence is ahead of her time regarding education of females. When she opens an academy for “young ladies of color,” the town is thrown into an uproar.

One man in particular is determined to run her out of the state, but despite a campaign of persecution and underhanded legal tricks, she stands firm against him. In the midst of the turmoil, she falls in love with the widowed father of one of her former pupils, and though longing to be his wife, she is unwilling to put personal happiness ahead of her calling.

When her neighbors’ hostility escalates into a night of terror, she must make a decision that will not only change her own future but will impact the history of America.


Plainfield was behind her. The narrow, dreary streets lined with dreary, gabled houses. The Plainfield Finishing School, with its narrow windows, fusty parlors, and endless teas. At times it felt she would forever remain at Plainfield, teaching sewing and manners to half-hearted pupils who were merely waiting for their fathers to arrange suitable marriages for them. Pupils like Rosie Cooper. Poor girl. Reading the sublime verses of Paradise Lost with all the passion of a ticking clock. It was not her fault she was so unlike the flower she was named for, but -- oh! -- how she tried one's patience. As their teacher, Prudence had longed to challenge their minds and spirits, but being in the employ of Mistress Enroth, she must teach only the things assigned to her. This she did, for six years, with all the patience she could muster. Patience, she knew, was not her strong point. "I always tried, though, to do my best," she murmured.

Her brother Reuben, who was driving the carriage, looked down at her. "And thee did." was his solemn remark.

Her lips curved at his seriousness. She let the hood of her cape fall back from her head and inhaled the rain-washed air. Her honey-blond hair was done up in a simple knot, with short curls waved across her forehead. Her plain, gray dress, meant to be serviceable rather than fashionable, nevertheless accented the smoky color of her eyes. Anyone studying her face would have said her blue-gray eyes, framed with silky, dark lashes and sweetly arched brows, were her best feature. Her chin was a bit too pronounced for a classical beauty, but with her willowy figure, ivory complexion, and radiant smile, she was an attractive woman. Prudence, however, gave little thought to her looks. Cleanliness and tidiness were virtues she believed in. She had no time for vanity.

"I was only talking to myself. Thinking of all the years at Plainfield. I did not mean for thee to hear me. I sounded proud." Pride, of course, was a deadly sin, but not one to have a grip upon Prudence.

He shook his head. "Not proud. Only true. Thee truly has been faithful, and now way has opened for thee at last. I am happy for ye, Pru." The plain Quaker manner of speaking came naturally to their tongues when talking with family members, although they did not often use such speech with others. Brotherly affection was evident on his handsome young face. "Just think. Now thee is the schoolmistress, and shall teach what pleases thee."

"Also what pleases God, I pray." Prudence grew suddenly quiet. I have always wanted to be completely on my own. But what if I fail?

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  1. Beautiful prose 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jun 2013

    Wonderful story, beautifully written.
    Tom was right, a story that had to be told!
    Loved it!

  2. Bigotry in 1832 Canterbury 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2013

    I found this story to be compelling and I read it in three sittings. I have read many struggles that Blacks endured in America, but I did not know these events happened in New England in 1832. I had not heard of Prudence Crandall until I read this story. The characters were developed beautifully, and the plot was excellent. I knew the characters to love and the characters to dislike and not trust. It's a story about love, perseverence, innocence, faith, hope, forgiveness, and the grace of our Lord. Jerilyn Tyner told the story of a true American heroine and I highly recommend Canterbury Question. I can tell that much research went into the story, and the archaic and formal language use was quite fitting. One of my favorite novels is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I rank Canterbury Question in that category. You will not be disappointed.

  3. I must get this book! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th May 2013

    Jerilyn, sorry, only 4 stars, but once I read the book, I am sure I'll give it 5 stars!! It sounds like a book I will enjoy. So happy for you and anxious to get it, but then, you will have to sign it! Love you. Joyce

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