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Shelly Sanders

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After twenty years as a journalist for Canadian national magazines and newspapers, Shelly Sanders began writing her first novel, Rachel's Secret. Published by Second Story Press in 2012, this historical fiction book begins in 1903 Russia, where propaganda leads to a three-day massacre against the Jewish community. Inspired by her grandmother's survival of a pogrom (massacre) in Russia, Shelly went on to write two more novels, completing The Rachel Trilogy in 2014.
Shelly is represented by Amy Tipton, Signature Literary Agency, and is hoping her next book, The Shark's Wife, will be published soon.

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Shelly Sanders The first time I read "Anna Karenina" (too many years ago), I was drawn to Anna and Count Alexei Vronsky's scandalous affair. Anna's struggle with her…moreThe first time I read "Anna Karenina" (too many years ago), I was drawn to Anna and Count Alexei Vronsky's scandalous affair. Anna's struggle with her conscience intrigued and amused me, and I was struck by her loyalty to her kind husband, and her conflicting sexual desire for Vronsky. I think the way Anna's thoughts are portrayed, through her stream-of-consciousness, is one of the most important reasons she continues to resonate with me. This is my favorite writing style, and it allows me to feel close to her, as I am inside her head throughout the novel. Though I don't have the same intimacy with Vronsky, I admire his devotion to Anna, and also think their developing relationship is authentically rendered. Once they are officially 'together', Anna and Vronsky find that life is not as good as they'd expected. Not only are they shunned by society, but Vronsky soon grows bored and Anna becomes increasingly jealous; it's a story that continues to be told today. Anna and Vronsky's relationship is unforgettable because the characters are so eloquent and flawed. And there is no happy ending, because it would not be possible in this time or place. It is shockingly real. (less)
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I'm happy you won RACHEL'S HOPE! It is the final book in the trilogy and it would probably be a good idea to read the first two…more
Hi Charlotte,
I'm happy you won RACHEL'S HOPE! It is the final book in the trilogy and it would probably be a good idea to read the first two books prior to Rachel's Hope. However, you can read it as a stand-alone book also, though you will get more out of it if you read the first two books. I'll be sending it off tomorrow and hope you enjoy it.
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