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"Compelling story of family, choices, risk and war!"
For Ann and Jesse Redfield, Quaker brother and sister, their hatred of slavery is as hard as Pennsylvania limestone. Their dedication to the cause leads to complicated relationships with their fellow Quakers, pro-slavery neighbors and with the fugitives themselves.
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"My stars and garters, what excellent storytelling!"
Fifty years after an earthen dam collapsed sending a thirty foot wall of raging destruction down on the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Pamela McRae looks back on the tragedy. In this decades-deep story of loss and struggle against loss, we find a heroine to respect, and a path to recovery.
"A girl's version of Huckleberry Finn!"
A chance encounter with a dime novel exhorting the exploits of Calamity Jane, heroine of the west, gives Nell,a young orphan, the purpose of her life: to find Calamity Jane, whom Nell is convinced is her mother.
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"The Furnace had me burning for more!"
Through the first half of the nineteenth century, on a self-sufficient iron plantation in the wilds of Western Pennsylvania, Adam and Elinor struggle to establish a life, disentangle an ill-conceived marriage, and make a success of a derelict furnace through the ups and downs of an unpredictable industry. First in the Juniata Iron Trilogy,
Laird MacPhail, son of the slain iron master at Etna Furnace, struggles to come to terms with change: First the death of his father at the hands of an unknown murderer, then the realization that the mantle of responsibility for the whole iron plantation rests on his shoulders. Knowing that neither of his brothers will take on the business, Laird puts away his dreams and gets to work. But the country is in turmoil that will ultimately lead to war and suffering not yet imagined.
"...family drama interspersed with history -- skillfully intertwines the lives of the characters with the changing times."
Sarah MacPhail has everything going for her. A well-to-do heiress of the Mt. Etna Iron Company, she is pretty, bright and in love with Phillip Chamberlain, a handsome, talented poet and professor at Juniata College. All looks promising until…one by one her dreams come crashing down, her illusions fade and she is left with responsibility for what remains of the once thriving iron plantation and her younger brother, Ned, who people describe in their kindest way as odd.
"...pulled out my every emotion."
"A fitting end to the trilogy"
In August 1917, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) landed in France determined to break the stalemate between the British and French on one side and the Germans on the other. Attached to the First Infantry Division (the Big Red One) the First Regiment U.S. Engineers was trained under French officers in the Gondrecourt Sector of eastern France. From there they emerged as one of the most effective units in the war, fighting their way, battle by battle, from Cantigny to the Meuse-Argonne and the armistice. Dig or Die is the story of Sgt. Emmet (Judy) Redding and his comrades-in-arms, first as green troops, untested and unproven, then emerging as seasoned veterans. Here is trench warfare with all of its hardships – mud, rats, lice, freezing temperatures and lack of food, to say nothing of the hazards of constant shelling, machine gun fire, hand grenades, flame throwers, mustard gas and automatic rifles, all developed during the industrial revolution to make killing more efficient and living more hazardous.
Judy and his buddies endure the adversity, grow as men and as soldiers, and experience the stark realities of modern warfare, destined to carry with them the scars, both physical and psychological, for the rest of their lives. A chance interlude in Paris introduces Judy to the French culture he is fighting for in the person of a beautiful but mysterious young French woman of high social and political status. Their destinies entwined, they move through the war hoping only to survive to live once more in peace.
By Kenneth Redline Edited by
Judith Redline Coopey
A daughter's tribute to her father -- 100 years later.