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Maude Brown's Baby [Kindle Edition]

Richard Cunningham
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Orphaned by the hurricane that wrecked Galveston, Texas, in September 1900, aspiring photojournalist Donald Brown has all but abandoned hope of learning who his parents might have been. He exploits what most consider a handicap: his nearsightedness. With extraordinary close vision he discovers clues to his origins in the photo of himself as an infant. He helps find a missing photographer by analyzing film from a damaged camera, and he gains the friendship of a young woman in distress.
Donald's quest begins on September 8, 1918, anniversary of the Great Storm. War in Europe drags on, and he must soon register for the draft. Meanwhile, his friend Jake needs help finding a news photographer who is missing after an assignment in Galveston. Jake, a mercurial and ambitious womanizer, has ties to the island's nascent mafia. Donald finds himself more involved as clues point to murder.
When Donald's new friend, Clara, reveals a cache of photos that survived the storm, he discovers both the tragedy of his family and the source of his passion for photography. Maude Brown's Baby is the first in a series of historical mysteries that trace the life and career of Donald Brown.


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About the Author

Richard Cunningham is a freelance science writer and commercial photographer. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University and a master's in Science and Technology Journalism from Texas A&M University. Richard has been writing non-fiction magazine articles and books for more than 30 years. Maude Brown's Baby is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478201517
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQBS94U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story from a Debut Author September 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is absolutely phenomenal!

An intriguing coming-of-age story told with beautifully chosen words that sweep the reader smack into the time period. The immense research Cunningham did to authenticate the period (dress, cameras, manners, cars)takes my breath away.

Most of all, I know this author personally, so I know the back story: Cunningham went to a yard sale and happened upon an old photograph of a baby sitting in a chair. At the bottom of the photo it said: "Maude Brown's Baby." And this photo sparked an entire novel! Who is this baby and what if he was orphaned in the Great Hurricane that hit Galveston in 1901? How would he find his real family when all he has is this one photograph of himself in a chair?

I am astounded at the creativity of coming up with an entire novel worth answers.

A MUST BUY.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maude Brown's Baby - by Richard Cunningham September 27, 2012
By Ann M.
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"Maude Brown's Baby" is a delightful first novel by local West University Place author Richard Cunningham. The book is an historical murder mystery set in Houston and Galveston during World War I. Richard was inspired to write this book by an actual photograph.

I adore historical novels, so this book was an enjoyable read for me. But like a "roman a clef", the extra special fun is in spotting the local landmarks and events.

I highly recommend "Maude Brown's Baby", both for the story itself, and for its backwards glimpse of a youthful Houston and Galveston.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maude Brown's Baby September 28, 2012
By Shirl
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Love the story! Got the book Monday and read the last page Tuesday at noon. I enjoyed the descriptions of Donald's way of seeing photos and the mystery of his family background. Felt as if I had visited the 1918's and experienced that way of life. It was just the story I needed to distract me from "today" as well as a reminder that each time period has its own problems. Thank-you. Can't wait for the next book to see what happens to Donald and Clara!Maude Brown's Baby
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful first novel September 12, 2012
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When I first heard that my old classmate had published his first novel, I immediately ordered one from amazon.com. It arrived in record time and I read the book straight through. I was hooked from the first paragraph. The storyline fascinated me as I too am searching for my paternal heritage. The subplots and historical references made the book believable and I felt I was there in Houston and Galveston during WWI. It was a joy to get to know the characters as the story flowed from chapter to chapter like fine wine, smooth and satisfying. Maude Brown's Baby is a page turner, once I began reading, I did not want to leave the book for any reason. The sadness in finishing the book was created by the need to read more and more. I am anxious for the next one to be published to find out what happens to these wonderful characters in the next chapter, and the next, and the next...

Thank you Richard for such an interesting read. Please keep on writing about Donald Brown and share more of his life's story with us!

Nelma Jean Bryson, Author
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of everything September 6, 2012
By Gina P
Format:Paperback
Full disclosure: This is the debut novel by my stepfather, Richard Cunningham. But for the record, I love books waaaayyy too much to ever pad any of my reviews. :-)

And I loved this one. It has a little bit of everything: Romance, intrigue, mystery, history, all woven in together against a wonderfully-described backdrop of life on the vibrant island of Galveston, Texas, shortly after the turn of the century. The different story arcs draw you in, and the characters hold your attention. You can't help but care about them and what happens to them, and the last few chapters make you want to start at the beginning and read the whole thing all over again.

Happy reading!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book October 16, 2012
By Jessica
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This was a well written gripping story of the early 20th century in Houston and Galveston. The book literally almost read itself. One could barely put it down. I can't wait to read the sequel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel October 13, 2012
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Maude Brown's Baby is a real treat for lovers of historical fiction. The well researched details give depth and color, and transport the reader back in time to the Houston-Galveston area of 1918 in the last months of the Great War. The characters are so three dimensional that they become real. Their strengths and their flaws make the reader care about them through the book and beyond. This was a great first novel. I can hardly wait to find out what happens in the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 11, 2012
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This is a totally engrossing and expertly written blend of well-researched fact and imaginative fiction. Evidently, it's the beginning of a series of mystery novels featuring a fascinating lead character, and I can't wait for the next in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Charming little period piece. Well researched & taught me a lot about the early 1900's & WWI.
Published 2 months ago by Paulette C. Bogert
5.0 out of 5 stars I can hardly wait for the next book in the series!
I must confess, since having young kids I have hardly made time to read at all. I was excited by the book's storyline (the powerful idea of a photo containing clues to the past was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed Me In the First Chapter
Richard is a friend and I always give my friends books a shot, with mixed results. This was a 5 star winner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Beth Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the baby home
A truly outstanding book for a 1st novel. Cunningham's detail allows his reader to view scenes of a bygone era, the beginning of the 20th century. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ReadALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Engrossing Historical Fiction!
Maude Brown's Baby by Richard Cunningham is a well-researched and extremely well written story of a baby orphaned in the Great Storm in Galveston in September 1900. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Wong
3.0 out of 5 stars nice start
Although I was not overly impressed, this is a good start. He is a local writer here in Texas. I will try the next book.
Published 13 months ago by Suzanne W. Dennis
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I just didn't really get into this book. It was just too drawn out. I could put it down, and not return to it for a few days.
Published 13 months ago by Lorraine M. Racus
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be an Epic Movie!
I loved this book! I am not a professional reviewer, this is my first. I fell in love with the characters, Donald and Clara. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shirley R.Babineaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn by Cords of Love
Many thanks to Richard Cunningham for the wonderful gift of his novel, Maude Brown's Baby. Thank you Richard for the glimpse of life in Texas a hundred years ago, for the details... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This story is a bit of romance. But an excellent story of loss, renewal and finding one's true self. A great read
Published 15 months ago by Jen Woffy
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