Helen Elswyth Thane Ricker Beebe was an American author and screenwriter. She mostly wrote romance novels and was perhaps best known for her Women of Williamsburg series of books. These historical fictions books cover multiple generations of two families living from the American Revolutionary War up until World War II.

Helen Ricker was born in 1900 in Burlington, Iowa as the daughter of a local teacher and high school principal. When the family moved to New York in 1918, Helen Ricker would become Elswyth Thane. She worked as a journalist, a Hollywood screenwriter, and a newspaper writer before publishing her first book in 1926. She published books throughout her life, but her last work, Fighting Quaker: Nathaniel Greene, was published in 1972

Publication Order of Women of Williamsburg Books

Dawn's Early Light(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Yankee Stranger(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ever After(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Light Heart(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kissing Kin(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This Was Tomorrow(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Homing(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Riders of the Wind(1926) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cloth of Gold(1929) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tryst(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
England Was an Island Once(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Remember Today(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bird Who Made Good(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Melody(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Reluctant Farmer(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lost General(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Letter to a Stranger(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Queen's Folly(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Family Quarrel(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mount Vernon Is Ours(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mount Vernon, the Legacy(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mount Vernon Family(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Virginia Colony(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dolley Madison, Her Life and Times(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fighting Quaker(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Strength of the Hills(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
From This Day Forward(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Potomac Squire(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Echo Answers(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bound to Happen(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
His Elizabeth(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Plays

The Tudor Wench(1932) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Young Mr. Disraeli(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Washinton's Lady(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


If You Like Elswyth Thane Books, You’ll Love…

The first book in the Women of Williamsburg series is Dawn’s Early Light. This is the early part of the series and covers a young man who comes to America with his father from London. His father is going to be teacher, but when he dies on the way over; his son is left to question his purpose. There are multiple loyalties in this time of the Revolutionary War as some are still loyal to the crown while the Declaration of Independence has already been signed. A great start to the series and a book that is equal parts history and romance.

Yankee Stranger is one of Elswyth’s most famous works. This tells the story of Cabot Murray, a Northerner, and Eden Day, a Southerner. Their love is wild and strong, taking hold from first sight. When the Civil War breaks out, they find themselves on opposite sides and the bitterness of war threatened to overpower the love the two had for each other. Can war topple what seems an unstoppable love? Or does love truly conquer all?

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