Early America, Genealogy, History, The Women Who Married The Orcutt Men, Theology

Danielle Mead Skjelver’s First Novel

Winner, National Historic Research & Preservation Award
Daughters of Colonial Wars
Massacre: Daughter of War


“A master storyteller … The best book I have read in twenty years!”
– Lieutenant Colonel James Munroe, United States Marine Corps

“Never in all my years of reading have I ever enjoyed or been so moved by a book!”
– Susan White McCarvill, Mohawk & French

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This novel tells the long forgotten story of Hannah Hawks Scott, a woman whom Joseph Anderson called the most afflicted woman in all New England. Born to a soldier in King Philip’s War, Hannah found herself caught in the inevitable clash of two cultures. Yet, she was not alone in her affliction. Drawing on many sources, the author weaves into Hannah’s story the tale of a fictional Pequot boy whose life redefines the word “massacre.” Spanning the 1637 attack on the Pequot Fort to the 1704 raid of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and through Queen Anne’s War, Massacre: Daughter of War delivers a powerful examination of the conflict between Puritan colonists and the First Nations of North America. Follow the lives of Hannah and this young boy as they endure the nightmare of war ~ each struggling for family, each struggling for home.

“We were spellbound!”
– Chaplain Dick Eisemann, United States Air Force, Lt. Col., Ret.

“A must read!”
– Linda F. Skarnulis, Regent, Trumbull-Porter Chapter
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames

“A colonial America must-read…”
– Edward Ellis, Author, In This Small Place

“Pervading the page-turner is the finest job I have ever seen to treat with fairness and credibility the viewpoints (including religious) of both the Native American Indians and the English settlers — remarkable! There are lessons for our time in this…. I don’t know when I have been so deeply moved, to the core of my being…. Nor have I read, I don’t recall, such a very satisfying book — one that takes questions that matter so greatly to me, and carries them through so lovingly, so care-fully, to amazingly healing and peaceful places of rest.”
– Judy Holy, Author, The Women Who Married The Orcutt Men

“I could not put it down… Much research went into the writing of that book …. it should be required reading for high school students…”
– Florence Crowell, Author, Images of America: Watertown
President, Watertown Historical Society

“Skjelver writes one helluva remarkable, fine book! … a WONDERFUL BOOK!”
– Richard Morgan, History Department, North Dakota State University, Ret.



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