The Salty Rose
by Beth M. Caruso
GENRE: Historical Fiction
Marie du Trieux, a tavern keeper with a salty tongue and a heart of gold, struggles as she navigates love and loss, Native wars, and possible banishment by authorities in the unruly trading port of New Amsterdam, an outpost of the Dutch West India Company.
In New England, John Tinker, merchant and assistant to a renowned alchemist and eventual leader of Connecticut Colony, must come to terms with a family tragedy of dark proportions, all the while supporting his mentor’s secret quest to find the Northwest Passage, a desired trading route purported to mystically unite the East with the West.
As the lives of Marie and John become intertwined through friendship and trade, a search for justice of a Dutch woman accused of witchcraft in Hartford puts them on a collision course affecting not only their own destinies but also the fate of colonial America.
“Help me to understand,” said Tinker. “Are you saying that finding the Passage, a trading route to connect the East to the West, has a much deeper meaning? That it will also bring with it the spiritual goals of the Rosy Cross to bring unity and peace? To foreshadow the ultimate spiritual purification by finding the Philosopher’s Stone? To bring total transformation to the world?” asked Tinker in awe.
“Aye, ‘tis that important. For our part of it, we must focus on the location of our endeavor. A settlement at Pequot as the location of our alchemical center is vital to our work. It is closest to New Amsterdam at the boundary of English colonial territory on the edge of a great eastern sea. It is to the west of it and closer to New Amsterdam that we may discover the great sea to the west that will ultimately lead to the Northwest Passage. Eventually, the Dutch land must give way to the English who are more suited to do this great spiritual work,” pronounced Winthrop.
“But it must not be left to just any Englishman, sir. This you know. It must be done peacefully and in secret with the cooperation of the Natives and the peaceful surrender of Dutch lands along the North River— Hudson’s River. This is possible but only through alchemical means. You must accomplish this worthy aim, sir. Howes is correct,” Tinker said.
He paused, looking Winthrop in the eye.
“Only you, ‘the Sagamore of Agawam’ as Howes calls you, can do this. You must lead this important endeavor that will ultimately bring light and peace to the world. It will be the decisive transmutation of the world. Below to be as is the world Above. And as a result, the Philosopher’s Stone will be found, and all will be ready for the spiritual coming of Christ. We shall also prosper, and the entire world will benefit for the increased trade and riches of the Orient,” Tinker emphasized.
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