THE UNCERTAIN SEASON

In hurricane-ravaged Galveston, a storm of betrayal is brewing.

 

Nineteen-year-old Grace's golden age is just beginning.  She and her mother live a privileged life.  Beautiful and talented, Grace is looking forward to a pleasant summer celebrating her engagement to a wealthy young gentleman.

But when her lovely, charming, and disgraced cousin Etta arrives, Grace finds her place in society--and in her mother's heart--threatened.  Etta enchants everyone as she maneuvers to secure a station in Galveston's upper echelons.  Grace, in a reckless moment, reveals Etta's scandalous past, and as punishment, she's sent to work in Galveston's back alleys, helping the poor.  There, a silent waif known only as Miss Girl opens Grace's eyes to new love and purpose.  She's determined to save this girl who lost her entire family in the hurricane and now slips along the shadows of the unfinished seawall with a mysterious resolve.

Soon, the lives of the three young women will converge as betrayal, mistaken identity, and a family secret sweep them toward a future that defies all expectations.

 

THE WHISKEY SEA

Running rum, she'll risk her life--and her heart.

 

Motherless and destitute, Frieda Hope grows up during Prohibition determined to make a better life for herself and her sister, Bea. The girls are taken in by a kindly fisherman named Silver, and Frieda begins to feel at home whenever she is on the water. When Silver sells his fishing boat to WWI veteran Sam Hicks, thinking Sam would be a fine husband for Frieda, she’s outraged. But Frieda manages to talk Sam into teaching her to repair boat engines instead, so she has a trade of her own and won’t have to marry.

Frieda quickly discovers that a mechanic’s wages won’t support Bea and Silver, so she joins a team of rumrunners, speeding into dangerous waters to transport illegal liquor. Frieda becomes swept up in the lucrative, risky work—and swept off her feet by a handsome Ivy Leaguer who’s in it just for fun.

As danger mounts and her own feelings threaten to drown her, can Frieda find her way back to solid ground—and to a love that will sustain her?

WHILE YOU WERE MINE

The end of WWII should have brought joy to Gwen Mullen.  But on that day, her worst fear is realized.  As celebrating crowds gather in Times Square, a soldier appears on her doorstep to claim the baby abandoned to Gwen by the child’s distraught mother one year earlier.  Suddenly Gwen is on the verge of losing Mary, whom she has raised and dearly loves. 

 

John wants to be a dedicated father to Mary and take her away from the city, but he needs help.  With no legal claim to Mary, Gwen begins to teach him how to care for the daughter he’s never known.  What started as a contentious relationship, however, turns into something more, and before she can find her place in the post-war world, Gwen must learn that life and love mean taking chances. 

 

While You Were Mine paints a vivid portrait of 1940s New York and tells an enchanting tale of the nature of love and trust.

A great book club pick!

THE MAGIC OF ORDINARY DAYS

Colorado Book Award Finalist and Willa Cather Award Finalist.

 

The powerful story of one woman's passion in a world at war.

 

Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of becoming an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. But when an exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, she finds herself in a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp. When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own yearnings and comes to understand what she truly believes about the nature of trust and love.

 
 
 
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