Dark Enough to see the Stars in a Jamestown Sky

Narratives about the women living in Jamestown are rare. Joan Phippen Peirce, an ancestor of the author, came to America in 1609, and short, diary-like chapters tell her story. While Plymouth Colony’s religious roots are often contrasted with Jamestown’s economically based conception, this title acknowledges the important religious convictions held by many of the Jamestown colonists. Truly step back in time and follow Joan’s journey from her home in Dorset to the New World, in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.

With meticulous research and historical accuracy, Richmond author Connie Lapallo brings her ancestor’s story vividly to life, poignantly telling the story of the survival of the women and children at Jamestown in the harrowing first years. Mrs. Lapallo is a descendant of one of the very few colonists who survived the “starving time” which almost annihilated the colony in 1610. With this personal interest in the early history of Virginia she has written a well-researched novel in which her ancestor, Joan Phippen Peirce, Joan’s five-year-old daughter, Jane, and their friend Temperance Yeardley, are the central characters.

Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky is “based on the true story of the women and children at Jamestown” in the years 1609 and 1610. Also populating the tale are the well-known and lesser-known leaders of the colony, their Native American antagonists, and a few fictitious characters representing the soldiers, mariners and colonists whose names are lost to history.