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Brave New Century Paperback – November 11, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
In the first story, Three Rings for Alice, Lisa Lickel highlights Alice Smith's struggles to be a modern woman. Orphaned, she has to make her own way in the world and in a time when women are just coming into the workforce, it is fraught with uncertainty. Vowing to never marry, time and a secret love changes her mind with a decision to marry for no less than love. Even if the one she loves is only known as a voice on the telephone.
Paula Mowery's tale, Forgiven, brings us Jessie Lee Capelle who wonders if she will ever have a loving family. When she meets laborer Henry Smith her dreams look like they will come true. When a surprising twist of history is revealed, can their love withstand the truth. Can they forgive?
In The Pocket Watch, Kathleen Rouser weaves a tale of Isabel Jones, an orphan in Detroit Michigan who's only real desire is to know who her parents were. An accident brings her into the world of Dr. Daniel Harper and a pocket watch brings them together even as a special ring, left by Isobel's mother, threatens to reveal terrible truths. Can love withstand these obstacles?
Teena Stewart tells the final story, Flames of Hope. Lily McMinn's Irish family operates a thriving mercantile n San Francisco. She enjoys visits by Gideon Light, a police officer. When a violent earthquake destroys much of the city, countless people die. The crippled fire department is helpless to fight multiple fires raging out of control. Can Lily and her family survive the tragedy with the help of Gideon?
Love, romance, history. Four different stories but with these uniting themes. Step back in time and enjoy the journey these four women make. You'll be glad you did.
The characters and romances in each novella were complex enough to warrant a longer story line.
Not sure why the earthquake in `Flames of Hope', set in San Francisco, took me by surprise, but it did. Teena Stewart does a great job showing the heroism of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
`The Pocket Watch' by Kathleen Rouser leads the reader on some unexpected twists,
circumvents some seemingly impossible situations, then delivers a satisfying conclusion. Paula Mowery's `Forgiven' opens with a shocking tragedy. The rest of the story demonstrates how broken lives can be rebuilt through faith and forgiveness.
My favorite story is `Three Rings for Alice.' I admit to a bias because I grew up near Milwaukee and loved reading the bits of history author Lisa Lickel wove into the tale. The character of Alice is captivating. She is a decent, idealistic young lady who of necessity must make her way in a fast changing world of business and politics. By choice she is a woman who wants to change a world of discrimination and poverty.
Each writer has a story to share, and a smooth, accomplished style of writing that is a pleasure to read. Each setting was well-researched and the flavor of the exciting era captured in the story line. 'Brave New Century' is the perfect title for this quartet. The only problem is that each story left me wanting more.
While each story is different, the messages of faith, belief and forgiveness never changes through the ages.
From Detroit to San Francisco each couple must deal with their position in life whether it is as an orphan or a wealthy family. Each story has an interesting twist to it which will keep the reader turning the pages.
While some of the situations are dreadful, especially for the heroines, the true message of the stories always rings true. The authors did a delightful job. I'm hoping to hear more from them.
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