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"The arranged -- and forbidden -- encounters David and Elisabeth share are set against an America that is still creating its own identity. The descriptions of the sea voyage and the Philadelphia political scene are utterly compelling and the relationship between Elisabeth and David guides the narrative . . . David and Elisabeth's story is both compelling and romantic enough to keep readers engaged. More likely to appeal to readers of books like Lucinda Riley's The Orchid House, than browsers of the romance shelves." ~Publishers Weekly 
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"Strong and compelling. The sense of place, the voices of the characters, the descriptions . . . Perfect."  -ABNA reviewer - Quarter-Finalist in 2013 ABNA contest

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Voices Beckon is the first in the Voices series.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Repository Press LLC (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983217513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983217510
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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History and real-life narratives had always blended in Graham's imagination, particularly when she delved into the stories of her family's ancestors. Eventually the engaging voices of characters who might have lived emerged. Tracing paper trails quickly gave way to creating her own stories, and she hasn't looked back since.

Connect with Linda on facebook.com/authorLindaLeeGraham or via an email to linda@lindaleegraham.com. Visit the website at http://www.lindaleegraham.com/ to read the stories behind the novels!

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The characters grasped and held my attention from the beginning.
Linda Wedge White
My problem wasn't the background or even the characters but there were some part slightly unbelievable.
melissa & Julia
The book satisfies both my desire for fiction and a taste of history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CL on August 28, 2011
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As our family genealogist, I enjoy reading historical fiction, especially well-researched stories that *could* have happened. The rich early American background that underpins Voices Beckon tells the story of three adolescents who travel from Britain to pre-Revolution Philadelphia. The novel depicts a realistic adventure of the three as they make their way to America; through their journey, I learned more about what it was really like to experience day after day on a ship overfull with ill travelers from a diverse backgrounds. As I read, I learned about the early life of immigrants in this country, many who arrived from Europe to serve out pre-arranged apprenticeships or were seeking to start a new life. Once in Philadelphia, young immigrant David Graham began his printer's apprenticeship. The printing shop, the printer's tasks setting type, and the nature of the period's publications were presented meticulously, without bogging down the plot. The three vibrant young adults in the novel, David, Liam, and Elizabeth, share intertwining lives - and romance - that propel the plot forward, yet leave plenty of unexplored territory for future volumes in the Voices Series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By melissa & Julia on October 21, 2014
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Alright I am already having the blues and letdown from finishing this book today while I wish I could just jump into the second one. What will happen to Liam? How is David and Elisabeth going to be continued in their part of the story? And how will America be touched by this young generation of non-American immigrants? I can't imagine.

Starting on this book I was caught up in the spell of the writing from the first. The writing was detailed enough to drag you into the story, thrilling enough to hold you and had so many twists that you never knew what was coming even though you knew, you just knew, somehow that David and Elisabeth no matter their differences were going to end up together while still cursing the book for taking forever to getting there.

The characters were refreshing, their personalities so outstanding from the others that you didn't need the list of characters at the back and realistic that you could just expect to turn around to see one of them. Their voices rang out in your head as you read while it wasn't hard to understand them and even if it was their was again a glossary for some of the terms in the back of the book if you wanted to follow along.

I was trying to finish about the last forty pages while at work today, which wasn't easy, and with one dealer we started discussing the book. She said she would definitely look into it since it is such a roller coaster while everywhere you thought finally it turned out to be another dead end.

My problem wasn't the background or even the characters but there were some part slightly unbelievable. In other parts there were scenes that you didn't expect to see but it was the emotional grasp and coloring that bypassed those slight problems to give it the full rating. I love it while I hope I get a chance for the next.

**Received this book as part of the Members Giveaway at Librarything.com for free in exchange for a reviews**
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 4, 2012
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I loved this book so much, this is the only time I've written a review. The deep love and friendship among the three main characters as well as the well-captured historical settings made this one of my favorite books. I read this book five times over in the first three months.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ALLONE on October 6, 2012
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A wonderful story about deeply abiding friendships, love and perseverance through great hardships in an interesting time in history. I look forward to her next book about these people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gpangel on July 26, 2013
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book from the author for an honest review. This is a self published novel. I believe this full length novel began as a three part series in novella form.In 1783, a voyage to Philadelphia begins for a group of young people, which begins a life time of friendship. David is indentured for six years to work for a printer. Elisabeth is traveling with her father for the chance at better opportunities in America. Together with their friend, Liam, they suffer through a long hard voyage. Sickness, accidents and storms plague their journey. Elisabeth's father is still mourning the death of his wife, he is also unhappy with the friendships his daughter has made on board the ship. Differences in class and religious beliefs start long lasting resentments. The second part of the novel takes up shortly after everyone arrives in America. David starts his job and classes and Elisabeth works as a teacher's aide. They eventually find each other. When they meet again, Elisabeth is accompanied by a black girl named Polly. Polly and Elisabeth become very good friends and share all their heartbreaks and triumphs together. Liam, has only revealed a small part of himself to David. His life before coming to America was rather bleak. He works hard and he and David are like brothers and Liam loves Elisabeth like a sister. But, the happy ever after David and Elisabeth hope to share is torn from them, when an old rival for David's affections makes shocking allegations against him. The third part of the book takes us further in Elisabeth and David's relationship as well as David and Liam's involvement in American politics.
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