Reviews of The Land of Three Houses

Polly Lazaron Energy Arts

“The book is amazing and immediately engaging! Fast pace, deftly woven informative, interesting details-from dance steps to mill machinery to card games to clothing, food, scrimshaw, a cornbread recipe to political and cultural perspectives that are eerily still present and dominating today, strong female characters including some role reversal, historic as well as fictional characters, famous buildings and cities as well as vivid descriptions of places in nature and what it means to be a human in right relationship with self and all life. It’s a page turner with a purpose beyond entertainment!  Bravo.”     Polly Lazaron


Adventure abounds in the early American republic in THE LAND OF THREE HOUSES
“In J. Thomas Brown’s historical novel, THE LAND OF THREE HOUSES, it’s 1793 in Pennsylvania, and the miller’s ambitious son William dreams of a more exciting life. When he encounters Mary Bartholomew, the daughter of a wealthy rival miller, William knows he’s found love and perhaps a means of escaping monotony. They marry and buy their own mill. But this is only the beginning of William’s journey, which takes him to Italy and back before he learns how to appreciate what he already has.
“Brown knows the era well, and an abundance of historical details, from clothing descriptions to dialogue referencing hot topics of the time, transport the reader to the late 18th century. Aiding in the time travel, several real-life historical figures, including John Adams, Michel de Mangourit, and Germaine de Stael make diverting cameos…  The novel’s subject matter is rich, and Brown incorporates both Native- and Anglo-American worldviews well.”     IndieReader Reviews


Susan Watkins Fine Arts
“I finished your book tonight! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the history of the area quite interesting, loved the background given on the mill works of the time, little known to me. Historical fiction being my literary preference your involvement of the sea-faring trade of the times during Napoleon’s conquest was also a great tie-in to the story. I have had a life-long interest and sensitivity regarding Native Americans and the various cultures and beliefs, so you really had me there. I have read little of the Lenni Lenape, but from my girlhood days studied them. We lived off the Tulpehocken, ‘Land of Many Turtles’ in Pennsylvania days.”     Susan Watkins