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On the Choptank Shores

it was amazing 5.0  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
On the Choptank Shores is set on Maryland's eastern shore in the late 1920's. Happy endings, in novels as in life, sometimes come at a heavy price.

The tragic deaths of her mother and two younger siblings have left Grace Harmon responsible for raising her sister Miriam and protecting her from their abusive father, Luther, a zealot preacher with a penchant for speaking in Bi
Published August 29th 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing (first published July 8th 2011)
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Aug 01, 2011 Joyce rated it it was amazing
This amazing novel, simply put, is the story of one family in the 1920's, but what unfolds is far from simple. Love, hate, insane judgment, unspeakable cruelty are ever-present and any reader will find it difficult to put this book down.

From the start, well-developed and clearly defined characters tell this powerful story. If you feel love for one, you have good reason to. Or, if you fear another, you know the character well enough to look over your shoulder as you read.

Zeidel is a skillfully
Autumn Dickinson
Aug 22, 2011 Autumn Dickinson rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully written story of faith and love. The author did a great job with the characters, each having such a profound voice of their own. From the selfless, beautiful heart of Grace to the misguided, grief stricken preacher and father, Luther, Ziedel made you understand every thought and emotion these characters were going through.

The pain that Otto carried all through the years was sad, but in the end, it was Grace who made him realize he had done no wrong. Otto is a wonderful exa
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Apr 28, 2013 Robert Hays rated it it was amazing
I actually read an earlier edition titled Amazing Grace. I think the text is virtually the same; only the title is changed.
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Smoky Zeidel is a novelist and poet, whose love of the natural world is thematic in all she writes. She taught writing and creativity workshops for many years at venues throughout the Midwest before succumbing to her bohemian urges and moving to Southern California. Her work has earned her two nominations for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Smoky lives in a ramshackle cottage in the hills outside L
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