Coming in Spring 2017 …
That Beautiful Season … a story of the Civil War and beyond … by Sandra Fox Murphy
Sylvie Hilda Greenwood, a sprite of a girl with wild red hair, grew up the daughter of Silas and Ava Greenwood, not far from the Elk River. She befriended the pigs and the goats, naming the piglets before they grew into the large animals doomed to the dinner table. Sylvie took farm life in stride. She had a way with the horses, and Silas helped her master riding the gelded bay when she was only four. Between Ava and Silas, she learned her manners, such that she would correct her parents and even strangers when they failed to remember their etiquette, but Sylvie always spoke her mind. Yet before little Sylvie’s memories were formed, before she was immersed in the joys of the farm, life had been different. War had catapulted her family upside down.
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A Thousand Stars
by Sandra Fox Murphy
In 1665, in Rhode Island, Ann Tallman, wife of Peter, is sentenced to fifteen lashings in Newport’s town square. Her story begins, in 1647, in Barbados where Ann Hill, the daughter of English settlers, meets the dashing German merchant Captain Peter Tallman. After they wed and settle in colonial Rhode Island, after six children, after years of Peter’s absences at sea, abuse, and jealousies, it was Thomas, the English indentured servant, who won Ann’s heart. Refusing to leave behind her children, her choice was abruptly taken from her hands with Peter’s request for divorce and the court’s sentence of lashings in Portsmouth and Newport. After an escape to Jamestown in the Virginia colony where Ann and her youngest son stay with family, she is eventually drawn back to Rhode Island, to her beloved, to her children, and to her sentenced punishment. Will she be welcome among her peers, or will she be but an outcast? Will her children forgive her? Readers will love this story for its historical color and reflection of the sacrifices of New England’s early settlers. This is a story of atonement, of courage, forgiveness and grace in deeply judgmental colonial America.
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Ever wonder about the stories of your ancestors? Ms. Murphy has written this fascinating insight of the struggles of love, loss, courage and forgiveness set in the seventeenth-century colonial America. A Thousand Stars is definitely a hard-to-put-down read.”—Jean Goad, MA, descendant of the Tallman and Durfee families.
A Thousand Stars is the story of journeys—especially the brave journey of being true to one's heart, a journey reflecting the courage of a young woman beginning life in an unknown country, confident love is all that is required. This story reminds us of the soul-altering sacrifices those before us were forced to make. A Thousand Stars is filled with love and hope, rage and pain, and ultimately peace and forgiveness. The characters will stay with you as dear friends long after the last page has been turned.--Karen Mead
Upon reading A Thousand Stars I was pleasantly surprised to find that I am a time traveler! Ms. Murphy's writing is so precise and taut that I felt I was cast back into the late 1600s, and I, too, could share in Ann's romantic heights and misfortunes. A great read for anyone, any age! —Daryl Buckner, author of The Tutor and Candy from a Stranger
Book Cover art: Jenny Quinlan
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