In 1914, andrew houghton’s family is one of hundreds eking out an existence in the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania. Though he longs to be a veterinarian, he’s fated for a life underground, picking rock alongside his father. That destiny changes when his aunt, Eveline Kiser, arranges for her husband to secure Andrew an apprenticeship on the railroad.
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Andrew’s bond with her will help steer them through all the challenges to come, even as anti-German sentiment spreads across America with the outbreak of World War I. Beneath the apple leaves is a vivid, triumphs, deeply moving portrait of family—its hardships, and passions—and a powerfully authentic evocation of life on the land and the hearts that sustain it.
Praise for daughter of australia“a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of Colleen McCullough’s classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant, beautifully told story of love and courage.
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In a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of colleen McCullough's classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant, beautifully told story of love and courage, set in Australia and America in the early decades of the twentieth century. The desert of Western Australia is vast and unforgiving.
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Promised to the Crown Daughters of New France Book 1Kensington #ad - An engaging, engrossing debut. Greer macallister, usa today bestselling author of The Magician’s LieBound for a new continent, and a new beginning. In her illuminating debut novel, Aimie K. Nicole, a farmer’s daughter from Rouen, marries a charming officer who promises comfort and security. Yet no matter how carefully she chooses, each will be tested by hardship and heartbreaking loss—and sustained by the strength found in their uncommon friendship, and the precarious freedom offered by their new home.
An absorbing adventure with heart. Jennifer laam, author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar. Despite their different backgrounds, and Elisabeth all believe that marriage to a stranger is their best, Nicole, Rose, perhaps only, chance of happiness. Once in quebec, elisabeth quickly accepts baker Gilbert Beaumont, who wants a business partner as well as a wife.
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They are known as the filles du roi, or “King’s Daughters”—young women who leave prosperous France for an uncertain future across the Atlantic. Their duty is to marry and bring forth a new generation of loyal citizens.
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She bears the scars—inside and out—of a life lived in servitude to a cruel and unforgiving master. He is also a man haunted by a terrible skill—the ability to track people who don't want to be found. Rosetta is a runaway slave fueled by the passion and determination only a mother can feel. Her flight is her one shot at freedom, and she would rather die than return to the living hell that she has left behind.
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Drawn into unexpected friendship through their loves, losses, and dreams of home and family, all three women will have to call on their bravery and resilience to succeed in this new world… Praise for Promised to the Crown“A gripping 17th c. And manon lefebvre, born in the huron village and later adopted by settlers, has faced the prejudices of both societies and is convinced she can no longer be accepted in either.
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Runyan’s vividly rendered novel provides a fascinating portrait of the women who would become the founding mothers of New France. Brava!”--juliet grey, author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy. Set amid the promise and challenge of the first Canadian colonies, Aimie K.
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Beauty and sweetness weave a diaphanous fabric against the stark backdrop of poverty and cruelty.
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Amanda’s precocious teenage niece, Kate, belongs to a booming postwar generation that will radically change American society. Nevertheless, kate knows that many of the challenges she faces as a young woman have been met and endured by her aunt and countless other women throughout history. Taking readers on an emotional journey through mid-twentieth-century America, friendship, author Evan Hunter paints an indelible portrait of romance, and sisterhood.
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A decade later, one is happily married to an ambitious lawyer while the other is entangled in a passionate but troubled affair with a young man who’s spent five years in a navy prison.
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The Purchase: A NovelAnchor #ad - Darkly evocative, The Purchase is as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life. Winner of canada's 2012 governor general's award for fiction in this provocative and starkly beautiful historical novel, a Quaker family moves from Pennsylvania to the Virginia frontier, where slaves are the only available workers and where the family’s values and beliefs are sorely tested.
Its memorable characters, drawn with compassion and depth, are compellingly human, with lives that bring light to matters of loyalty and conscience. This ebook edition includes a reading group guide. Although determined to hold on to his quaker ways, and despite his most dearly held belief that slavery is a sin, setting in motion a twisted chain of events that will lead to tragedy and murder, Daniel becomes the owner of a young boy named Onesimus, forever changing his children’s lives and driving the book to an unexpected conclusion.
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The Married GirlsHead of Zeus #ad - Meanwhile, the squire's fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Forever bound by their childhoods, Charlotte will always care for him, but Harry's return disrupts the village quiet and it's not long before gossip spreads. After meeting during the war, felix knows some of Daphne's past, but she has worked hard to conceal one that could unravel her carefully built life.
In the small somerset village of wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married and now feels settled in her adopted home after arriving from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war. Wynsdown, 1949. For charlotte, too, a dangerous past is coming back in the shape of fellow refugee, bad boy Harry Black.
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If the Creek Don't Rise: A NovelSourcebooks Landmark #ad - A striking debut. Bustle ". Masterful use of language. Weiss' novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, and Mitford series, by Adriana Trigiani, by Jan Karon. Booklist, starred reviewhe's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta LynnSadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days.
That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, honesty, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, and homegrown grit.
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