Thomas Jefferson was immeasurably complex--as fascinated with the world as the world would become, and remain, fascinated with the man himself. JefferThomas Jefferson was immeasurably complex--as fascinated with the world as the world would become, and remain, fascinated with the man himself. Jefferson's legacy is indelible, not without scandal, and it continues to evolve. He was a man of words and a man of letters--many thousands of letters and many more thousands of words. After the death of her mother, his eldest daughter, Martha, called "Patsy", would become her father's helpmate and traveling companion, assisting him when he became America's minister to France. "America's First Daughter", by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, is a first-person telling of Patsy's personal life and her life as the daughter of the brilliant historical icon Thomas Jefferson. Always devoted to her father and his public and political standing, Patsy would sacrifice much of her own personal happiness to protect and preserve the Jefferson name. In her role as a guardian of both her father and the nation he helped to found, Patsy Jefferson shaped the country and its history as no one else could.
A century ago, beginning in 1914 and ending in 1918, "The Great War", World War I, forever changed civilization. While the conflict centered in EuropeA century ago, beginning in 1914 and ending in 1918, "The Great War", World War I, forever changed civilization. While the conflict centered in Europe, the dire effects spread around the world. "Under the Same Blue Sky", a novel by Pamela Schoenewaldt, thoughtfully details the trials and tribulations of German-Americans during this difficult time. Hazel Renner dreams of life beyond that of a shopkeeper's daughter in Pittsburgh. However, when WWI breaks out, suspicion looms and friendships are forgotten. Peaceful existence is elusive, and Hazel seeks solace in a small rural community, but a sudden, unexpected gift of healing brings about complications of its own. On a quest to discover her true heritage, Hazel will meet a German baron living a life of exile in America, and through him she will meet a gardener, Tom, who will suffer greatly from his own war experiences. The struggle for power and dominance is as old as the origins of man. One hundred years after the "war to end all wars", the world has seen many more horrific conflicts and further loss of innocence and loss of life--horrible suffering which never really ends. Yet, when the human heart has faith and reaches for hope, miracles can occur. People have a remarkable capacity for survival and reinvention, and life goes on. "Under the Same Blue Sky" touches upon many deeply emotional issues, and readers will not be unaffected. As a reminder to enjoy the sweet moments in life where you find them, the author has included a wonderful recipe for "Gudrun's Stollen"--a rich, sweet bread made with dried fruit and nuts. The warm loaves are brushed with melted butter and then dusted with powdered sugar--truly a treat for the senses and the spirit.
Author Lori Benton's lyrical prose brings to vivid life the conflicts of cultures and the struggle for power that shaped the expansion of the AmericanAuthor Lori Benton's lyrical prose brings to vivid life the conflicts of cultures and the struggle for power that shaped the expansion of the American Frontier. "The Woods Edge", set in the New York Territory of the late 1700's, richly details the consequences of one irrevocable decision made during a father's moment of profound grief. The lasting effects of his actions will ripple through many lives until they become a pounding wave of tormented emotion. Major Reginald Aubrey thinks to spare his wife's health and sanity by switching their own dead newborn son for the living child of a former captive woman who had given birth to twin boys--one Indian and one white. Giving the blonde infant to his wife brings her peace, but this deception will bring tumult to all those involved. As their personal lives unfold, so does the history of America, as the frontier's bloody battles will ultimately merge with the great upheaval of the Revolutionary War. The people of the Oneida Nation faced severe repercussions for allying with the British, and their place in American history is given due attention. Stepping back into history to touch our roots is of immeasurable importance to our present day and our future. Splendid storytellers like Lori Benton who revere history and have a deep, abiding faith are to be treasured. "The Woods Edge" refers to a ceremony in which strangers approaching a community were met at the "town limits" or edge of the woods by a delegation who would approve their entry or send them on their way. This book is the first in "The Pathfinders Series" from wonderful writer Lori Benton.
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A compelling mix of fact and fiction, "Madeleine's War" is a well-written, intriguing historical romance. Author Peter Watson beautifully captures theA compelling mix of fact and fiction, "Madeleine's War" is a well-written, intriguing historical romance. Author Peter Watson beautifully captures the atmosphere of the World War II Era, giving readers an intimate look at the resistance fighters who bravely infiltrated enemy lines and all too often made the ultimate sacrifice. After losing a lung to a shrapnel wound, British military officer Matthew Hammond is unable to serve in combat, but he returns to England to train new recruits for resistance missions. Among those under his tutelage is Madeleine Dirac, a stunning, auburn-haired, French-Canadian woman who has her own battles to fight. Although romance is forbidden by military conventions, love and passion will have their way, and Matt and Madeleine become deeply involved. Their affair must take second place to their commitment to the cause, and both of them know their moments together are precious. When the time comes for Madeleine to begin her mission, Matt must let her go, and she takes a piece of his heart along with her as she makes her way into Nazi territory. Will the knowledge and survival skills he has imparted be enough to keep her safe? Author Peter Watson brings into focus the contributions made by female resistance fighters, and he based his story line on fascinating historical facts, including the SOE--the Special Operations Executive created by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. "Madeleine's War" is recommended for lovers of World War II heart-stirring romantic suspense.