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Immigrant Experience in Early Philadephia,
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This review is from: Voices Beckon: First in the Voices Series (Paperback)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.