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Imaginary Brightness

(Durant Family Saga #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness." - James Fenimore Cooper, Last of the Mohicans. Set in the 1870s, the dawn of the Gilded Age, and while the American economy is reeling from over-speculation in railroads, the Durant family saga tells the story of William West Durant and his sister Ella, the children of the po ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 8th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Joe Krakovsky
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More often than not, the books that I really enjoy are the ones that I can relate to in one way or another. Sometimes it is the events, while at other times it is the location that endears me to the protagonists and their tale. In this case it was a little of both. Sheila Myers' book 'Imaginary Brightness' is set in both the past and present Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. I say past and present because though the real meat of the store is the events in the lives of the Durant Family i ...more
Mercedes Rochelle
I read this book because I am totally enamored with Lake Raquette and the Adirondacks in general, and wanted to learn more about the famous Durant family. As I should have suspected, there is much more tabloid-style gossip than historical fiction to this book, so I came away with little understanding beside the knowledge that it was William the son who built the lodges and camps rather than Dr. Durant the father. That part was interesting to me. It was amazing that Dr. Durant kept this project g ...more
Theresa And
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An insight into the Durant Family.

I bought this book at the General Store in Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks in July ,2015. I will turn 90 in November and my 4 children decided to each spend a week with me at our cabin on the Raquette River near Tupper Lake that was built in 1971 but not completely finished. As a young Family we had enjoyed Camping at Eighth Lake,Golden Beach,Corey's at Indian Carry with the Whittum Family at Camp Hiawatha. We spent many hours visiting the Great Camps with Adir
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book about the Durant family in the Adirondacks. I stayed at the great camp North of Inlet and it brought all of Ms. Myer's writing to life. Very interesting and a fast read. ...more
Linda Fagioli-Katsiotas
This book is so full of tasty tidbits; I don’t know where to start. It’s an historical fiction in which the author adeptly juxtaposes two very interesting tales. In one, she shows the saga of Thomas Durant’s children, Ella and William, as their father unscrupulously uses the land in the Adirondack Mountains of New York during the late 1800s to amass the family wealth. The other is a modern love story, more than a hundred years later, between twenty-eight-year-old researcher, Avery, studying the ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully done historical novel about the Durant family and their life in the Adirondacks alternating with a modern story about the same location. The author does a great job of weaving past and present together to create an engaging and entertaining story.
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a little confusing going back and forth, but this is the Durant family. Dr Durant and Hannah parents of William and Ella, Williams lover is Louise now died. Ella was in a relationship with poultice Bigeliow. She joined the nuns convent. William is Approached by his mother to marry Janet. Mini diary has been read and now buried. There is a second book 📚
Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway. Hooray!!

Imaginary Brightness by Sheila Myers tells the story of William Durant, the wealthy son of a railroad tycoon. His father wants to establish a new line in the Adirondacks even though the area is largely unsettled, except by a few Native Americans and rough mountain men. William must move to this wilderness and build a luxury base camp so his father can entertain investors and attract new settlers.

Going into this book,
A.M. Clyne
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All three of Ms. Myers books on the Durant family are amazing! Each one is written in a different style/POV. This one starts the saga in 1873; we meet the Durants and learn who they are, their place in history. It interestingly jumps between centuries - 1870s to 2010, adding an interesting twist to the plot and taking some poetic license to fill in holes in the history of the real Durant family. I LOVED her depiction of the Iroquois who were an indelible part of this region. I was devastated whe ...more
Ronda Wian
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adirondacks at it's best.

Always history of any area is fun to read about. But in the stomping grounds of James Fenmore Cooper. Made this a must read . Great characters in this tale . Of families trying trying to build empires. I didn't care for past and current storylines. But well worth reading. You can judge your self.
Donna Zigmont
It took me quite a long time to read this book. I wanted to like it more than I did. But it just didn't have the pace I like. It dragged in parts and some of it was just simply boring. I liked the diary excerpts but could've done without the present day story line. ...more
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Sheila Myers is a Professor at a college in Upstate NY and an award winning author of four novels. She is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association and the Historical Novel Society. When she is not teaching she likes to write, swim, and hike. Not always in that order.


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