I have a feeling this might be two books compressed into one memory, but I’ll ask you, who knows more than I do. From OldTimer:
My sis-in-law, who lives in Europe, occasionally bugs me to locate a book
she read years ago. The current search is driving me dinky-dow; she has lots
of info, and no one responds. I just stumbled upon Smart Bitches and felt a
surge of optimism—you are for sure the experts in this area. So let me give
you what I got from her:
Two cousins are sailing to America from England so the richer one will marry
a Lucien Rutledge. She is pregnant and persuades her cousin, Linnet, to take
her place. Linnet finds Lucien rude and crude, so sells herself as a bond
servant. She is nearly raped by the son of her new owner and is being
brought back to Jamestown when Tuscarora Indians attack and kill the owner.
Linnet is made a captive along with a pregnant white woman. The woman has
her baby and dies. Linnet takes care of it and , when Lucien rescues her,
passes the child off as her own. She is sent back to England, meets an old
codger on board ship, and marries him out of despair. Somehow she learns
that her father, who was presumed dead, is alive and rich and her cousin is
pretending to be his daughter. The truth emerges, the baby is presented to
Queen Anne, and eventually the old husband dies. Father and daughter sail
back to the American colonies and Linnet at last marries Lucien Rutledge.
She thinks the book was published in the 1970s All that detail and so far no
one has recognized it. I began posting on this in March 2009! But someone in
your orbit, I feel it deep in my heart, will no right away.
Also, “dinky-dow” is my new favorite phrase. Anyone recognize this book?