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A former third grade teacher in the Madeira schools, Jacque has been a partner at the store for ten years. She loves being a part of the community and seeing all of her friends at the store. The mother of two daughters, she is delighted to be the grandmother of four!
On Barbados, 1816, enslaved workers of the island, over worked and mistreated, revolt by setting fire to the island. Few sugar cane plantations survive. Thirty–eight years later, Emily Dawson surprisingly inherits Peverills, a sugar plantation owned by her deceased grandfather. Emily struggles with the island’s secrets to find her own path to the future.
Annie Clements has watched the men of Calumet, Michigan, a copper mining town, struggle through crippling sickness and death working the mines. In July, 1913, twenty-five year old, Annie, already tall in stature, decides to stand tall against the severe working conditions. Other wives trust Annie and look to her for guidance. Bravely and earnestly they fight the “Big Bosses”.
Meet seventeen-year-old, Mary Pearl Prine, living with her proud family in the Arizona Territory,1907. Mary has been asked to marry, which her mother believes is a respectable choice and would like her to accept. Mary Pearl, however, struggles with love of family and family duty as she sets a different path for herself. This path will require determination, strong will, and sacrifice over and over again. Readers who enjoyed, These Is My Words, also by Nancy Turner, will enjoy reacquainting themselves with Mary Pearl’s, Aunt Sarah Prine, an unforgettable pioneer.
Ruth Hogan’s Keeper of Lost Things, is a favorite of mine. Her new book, Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel, introduces Tilly, a bright young girl, full of mischief and imagination. Her world turns upside down when her father disappears and her mother becomes even more sullen and unpredictable. Tilly and her mother move to the Paradise Hotel, in hope of finding security. Feeling loved and accepted by this new extended family, Tilly is confronted with unexpected change and upset.
Maggie, Mary, and forty- one other women, leave Chicago, Illinois in 1852, to travel the Overland Trail to California. Some are seeking a husband, hopefully a successful gold miner. Others are hoping to leave their troubled lives behind and looking for a new beginning. Their determination to push forward and their strength at the cost of much loss is bittersweet. Readers will feel the strength within this womanly bond and project your on desire to see them succeed. This story of bravery, strength, and fortitude is a must read for historical fiction lovers
This historical fiction novel takes place in Germany, as Hitler begins quietly at first and then tragically to bring his vindictive methods to thousands of innocents. Yes, there are many WWII reads of this time in our history, However, can we ever ignore the determined, quiet strength of the men and women who bravely and dangerously fought this reign of terror?
This historical novel begins with the correspondence between Joy Davidman and the acclaimed author, C. S. Lewis. Joy, an author and poet in her own right, is searching for inspiration and answers. She decides to write to the much admired Lewis. Joy's first letter is the beginning of bringing shared thoughts and beliefs to the surface for both of them. Readers will be touched by the illumination of ideas, the honesty, and the love found in this story.
Set in London in the 1940's, Emmy Downtree and her younger sister, Julie, are often left alone while their single mother tries to make a living in order to care for her family. For safety reasons the children are evacuated from the city. Though safe and most welcomed in the Cotswalds, the girls are eventually separated from each other cusing them to take very different paths.
In 1938, MGM productions took on the challenge of bringing Frank Baum’s, The Wizard of Oz, to the move screen. Frank’s widow, Maud Gage Baum, decided to insert herself. Her goal was to help producers see the production through her late husband’s eyes. A sweet and touching read!