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The King's Orchard

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James O'Hara had known many women, but none had ever moved him like the lovely Mary Carson.

At thirteen, Mary was too young to understand love or James' desire to settle on the frontier. But four years was not too long for O'Hara to wait.

The undeveloped territory challenged him. He'd conquer the virgin land and make it his home.

And somehow he'd convince Mary to make it her
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1975 by Fawcett Crest (first published January 1st 1963)
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Laurie
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story, particularly if you're from Pittsburgh.
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Beautiful and fantastic historical biography/fiction surrounding the growth of Pittsburgh, PA, and life of James O'Hara, a central figure in early American history in Pittsburgh area. This title spans the French Indian War and the Revolutionary War and aftermath. I was so intrigued and fascinated by this...so many connections to our readings on William Penn, life in the colonies, George Washington and other military/political leaders, and a story we recently were introduce to about a Regina Hart ...more
Linda
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Especially fun read if you grew up in Pittsburgh and enjoy learning more about its history!
Sandy
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating book about the beginnings of the city of Pittsburgh in the late 1700's. While it is fiction it is based on a true person. James O'Hara. I would love to visit his grave in the old Allegheny Cemetery. It is incredible how you lived and what you had to do to survive and yet he was changing this in Pittsburgh. He wanted to make it a lively productive city.
Rae
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
James O'Hara came to America from Ireland in 1772 to find adventure and fortune on the Indian frontier. He became a trader, soldier and industrialist and helped to build Fort Pitt, the site of modern-day Pittsburgh. Gentle historical fiction.
Margareth8537
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written historical fiction
Christine Vazquez
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great book about the early history of Pittsburgh and some of the "famous names" around here.
James O'Hara, Robert Morris...
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One of my favourite books.
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A gripping, page-turning novel.
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Excellent book about Pennsylvania.
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Novelist Agnes Sligh Turnbull was born in 1888 in New Alexandria, PA. After a dozen years as a short story writer, Turnbull wrote her first novel, The Rolling Years, published in 1936. In the 14 additional novels she wrote over the next 40-plus years, Turnbull built a thorough chronicle of the Scots who settled and farmed rural Westmoreland County. Turnbull died in 1982.