Reared in a Greenhouse: The Stories and Story, of Dorothy Winthrop Bradford
Dorothy Winthrop Bradford always lived in the small Massachusetts town where she was born, but her life was set against the broad canvas of an extended family whose stories transport us back in time and across America and beyond.
The tale begins in colonial times, when her ancestor John Winthrop served as first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony while another ancestor, farmer Tom Gardner, struggled simply to survive. It reverberates with the country's great wars: the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the two World Wars.
Permeating the whole with humanity are three extraordinary women: the indomitable Elizabeth Gardner Amory, Dorothy's maternal grandmother, with her love of people, her broad, accepting spirit, her humor, and her sense of balance and justice; the charming Dorothy Amory Winthrop, her mother, with her breathtaking beauty and her loving and merry spirit; and Dorothy Winthrop Bradford herself, who conquered youthful self-doubts to become a beloved member of her town and the delightful mentor and companion to her children and grandchildren.
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