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The Mayflower Marriage by Arminal Dare SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

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Our local home town, Weymouth has a special relationship with the subject of this book, as many pilgrims sailed from Weymouth to the New World in the 1600s. Family ties across the 'pond' still exist today, and of course, there is a Weymouth in Massachusetts as well as Dorset. For this reason, we are very excited to be able to promote a new Local Author who has written on a subject close to so many local families' hearts. 

Arminal Dare can trace her genealogy back to John Alden and Priscilla Mullins who made the voyage from England to America on the Mayflower in 1620, and is celebrating the publication of her first novel, The Mayflower Marriage, which tells their story. The discovery of this connection led to a fascination with the famous sea crossing and the history of the Pilgrim settlers.  Extensively researched, her novel brings to life the voyage, John and Priscilla’s love story and the complicated truth of Pilgrim relations with the Native Americans.

Arminal Dare grew up near Philadelphia, USA and now lives in Yetminster, Dorset


The Mayflower Marriage breathes life into the story of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620. This compelling and very human story follows John Alden and Priscilla Mullins as they fall in love during the historic 1620 crossing of The Mayflower from Plymouth to Massachusetts. This love is constantly challenged, but survives batterings and betrayals and through this the couple achieve a stronger and deeper devotion.

John and Priscilla meet in England as preparations for the Mayflower's departure are in progress, Priscilla as a passenger and John as a crew member. They gradually discover their mutual attraction as they cope with a voyage fraught with sickness, strife and the ferocious storms. Life in early Plymouth is grim as the settlers suffer famine, disease, and death. John can only watch as Priscilla cares unceasingly for the members of her family, as one after another she loses her father, mother and younger brother. He longs to assist and comfort her but is prevented by Pilgrim morality and rigid social norms.

Over time, conditions in the new colony gradually improve, with help from friendly Native Americans and occasional supply ships. Despite resistance from the Pilgrim leadership, John and Priscilla finally marry and raise a family. The sweeping, heroic narrative follows them throughout the remainder of their long and eventful lives, raising a family while navigating the political infighting and squabbling of the early Pilgrim society.

SIGNED COPIES are available. Please send a note with your order. 



Date published



 Large paperback


 New. Signed or unsigned copies available.