Rachel Rueckert Celebrates Her Swashbuckling Novel "If the Tide Turns"


Join us on Friday, May 10th at 7pm for a swashbuckling pirate and witch party with debut author RACHEL RUECKERT to celebrate her novel If The Tide Turns. There will be prizes, trivia, an educational presentation/reading, snippets of Rachel's new, literary historical fiction novel, and lots of fun. You will leave knowing 10 things you didn’t know about real pirates.

This is a free event, but we ask you to pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to preorder a copy of If The Tide Turns.

Pirate and witch costumes are not necessary, but they will be rewarded. And Rachel promises you want some of the plunder! Free exclusive pirate and witch stickers with each book purchased.

Set during the Golden Age of Pirates and the shadowy aftermath of the Salem witch trials, this vivid literary debut is inspired by the captivating true story of real-life pirate Samuel Bellamy, combining high seas adventure, star-crossed longing, surprisingly timely questions about social justice and freedom, and the emotionally satisfying tale of one strong-willed young woman determined to choose her own path.

1715, Eastham, Massachusetts: As the daughter of a wealthy family, Maria Brown has a secure future mapped out for her, yet it is not the future she wants. Young, headstrong, and restless, Maria has no desire to marry the aging, mean-spirited John Hallett, regardless of his fortune and her parents’ wishes. As for what Maria does want—only one person has ever even asked her that question.

Samuel Bellamy, an orphaned sailor searching for work, meets Maria by chance, enthralling her with talk of far-flung places and blasphemous ideals. But neither is free from the social order into which they were born. When Sam is banished from Maria’s parents’ home after asking for her hand, he vows to return a wealthy man, and Maria promises to keep the faith until then.

Sam is drawn into piracy and discovers a brotherhood more equal and fulfilling than any on land, despite its dangers. Beguiled by the chance to both fight for justice and make a fortune to bring home to Maria, Sam is torn between duty to his crew and his desire to return. Separated by more than just the ocean, time slips by as Sam and Maria cling to their love for each other. Maria is determined to stay strong in her conviction in Sam, but as rumors swirl and her position in Eastham turns perilous, Maria is forced into an impossible decision.

Now, on a journey no less treacherous and eventful than Sam’s, Maria draws on every shred of her courage and resilience not merely to survive, but to honor her own yearning for freedom.

RACHEL RUECKERT is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher who holds an MFA from Columbia University and an M.Ed. from Boston University. On her first visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts, she learned about the true story of Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Samuel Bellamy and vowed to write their story, returning to Cape Cod again and again over the years for research and freedom in the shape of solace. If the Tide Turns is her debut novel. She splits her time between Salt Lake City and Cambridge, MA and can be found online at RachelRueckert.com

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 10th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Friday, May 10, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
If the Tide Turns: A Thrilling Historical Novel of Piracy and Life After the Salem Witch Trials By Rachel Rueckert Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496747532
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Kensington - March 26th, 2024