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Circled Heart (The Laramie Series Book 4) by [Karen J. Hasley]

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"...Author Karen J. Hasley's body of work, the four books in the LaramieSeries, are expertly interwoven, with minor characters in one storybecoming major figures in another, crossing each other's lives like ribbons.Her newest novel, Circled Heart, brings back a secondary figure from WhereHome Is to romance one of her signature resourceful, intelligent women.

JohannaSwan, orphaned daughter of missionaries, is trained as both a social worker anda nurse, and returns from Englandon a swanky ocean liner. It's 1912, and the liner is
Titanic.

ThoughJohanna and her grandmother survive, a brief encounter with a doomed manconnects her to his brother back in Chicago, a newly rich industrialist whosecontradictions make him attractive and infuriating. Her small service ... places him in her debt, and she takes fulladvantage of this on behalf of the Anchorage,a branch of the Florence Crittenton homes for needy women ...

As usual, Hasley's historical research is flawless,and the other characters, like Johanna's genteel but vigorous grandmother, herdictatorial aunt and conflicted cousin add to the rich tapestry. The book islong but does not meander, and one wonders if the people Johanna meets inpassing will turn up in Hasley's next captivating book."

Akron Beacon Journal, 1/10/10

About the Author

Karen J. Hasley grew up in America's heartland. Research into 17th-century female poets showed her the rich treasures in women's lives of the past, and in 2006 Karen's first novel, "Lily's Sister," hit the stands. The rest is -quite literally - history.
     Do you recognize these American women? Jane Addams.Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Dr. Alice Hamilton. Dr. Kate W. Barrett. Donaldina Cameron. Gertrude Stein. Mary Cassatt. You'll find them all - and then some -in Karen's books, which intertwine the lives of fictional heroines and historical real-life women so closely and convincingly that you may need to check a history book to figure out which is which.
     Hasley's 6-book Laramie Series spans the years between 1880 and 1919 with satisfying stories from America's past, each with a competent, courageous woman at its center. The books can stand independently and be enjoyed in any order. One reviewer wrote that "Hasley's impeccable writing" offered a "satisfying read from beginning to end."(ABJ, 2006)
     The author's first stand-alone novel "The Dangerous Thaw of Etta Capstone" was a quarter finalist for Amazon's 2013Breakthrough Novel of the Year, the PW review stating that it was "subtle and effective." "Magnificent Farewell," a second stand-alone novel set during World War One, was a "highly recommended" Finalist in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.  
     In 2014, Karen offered readers a trio of light-hearted Victorian romances. The Penwarrens Series ~ made up of "Claire, After All," "Listening to Abby," and "Jubilee Rose" ~ is the author's affectionate, admiring homage to Georgette Heyer.
     Karen returned to America's heartland in 2017 with the first book of a new series set in 19th-century New Hope, Nebraska. As readers have come to expect, "What We Carry With Us" offers mystery, history, and romance with an engaging, strong-minded woman at its center.

Remarkable women. Unforgettable stories.  All in historical settings.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004LLIX08
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Outskirts Press, Inc. (November 30, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 30, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 729 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 413 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1651948488
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 463 ratings

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Karen J. Hasley grew up in America's heartland. College research into 17th-century female poets showed her the rich treasures in women's lives of the past, and in 2006 Karen's first novel, "Lily's Sister," hit the stands. The rest is - quite literally - history.

Do you recognize these American women? Jane Addams. Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Dr. Alice Hamilton. Dr. Kate W. Barrett. Donaldina Cameron. Gertrude Stein. Mary Cassatt. You'll find them all - and then some -in Karen's books, which intertwine the lives of fictional heroines and historical real-life women so closely and convincingly that you may need to check a history book to figure out which is which.

Hasley's 6-book Laramie Series spans the years between 1880 and 1919 with satisfying stories from America's past, each with a competent, courageous woman at its center. The books can stand independently and be enjoyed in any order. One reviewer wrote that "Hasley's impeccable writing" offered a "satisfying read from beginning to end."(ABJ, 2006)

The author's first stand-alone novel "The Dangerous Thaw of Etta Capstone" was a quarter finalist for Amazon's 2013 Breakthrough Novel of the Year, the PW review stating that it was "subtle and effective." "Magnificent Farewell," a second stand-alone novel set during World War One, was a "highly recommended" Finalist in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

In 2014, Karen offered readers a trio of light-hearted Victorian romances. The Penwarrens Series ~ made up of "Claire, After All," "Listening to Abby," and "Jubilee Rose" ~ is the author's affectionate, admiring homage to Georgette Heyer.

Karen recently returned to America's heartland with the first book of a new series set in 19th-century New Hope, Nebraska. Of the book, one major newspaper review read, "... a lot of mystery, a realistic Western flavor, some romance, and some very fine writing ... Not a note strikes false in this exceptional story. Hasley continues to get better and better as she finds new heroines." (Akron Beacon Journal, 1/14/18) As readers have come to expect, "What We Carry With Us" (2017) offers mystery, history, and romance with an engaging, strong-minded woman at its center.

Return to New Hope in book 2 of the series, "Surprised by Shadows," (2018) and again in book 3, "Through Seasons of Fire." (2019) The people of New Hope, Nebraska, are worth a return visit!

Remarkable women. Unforgettable stories. All in historical settings.

Visit www.karenhasley.com to learn more.

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