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"A widowed minister, fleeing the scandal of a forbidden affair, relocates from Massachusetts to Colorado with his teenage daughters in this historical novel set in the 1860s. In their elegant Boston home, 15-year-old identical twins Lily and Rose Wright eavesdrop on an astounding conversation and learn that their widowed father, the Rev. Daniel Wright, has impregnated Rachel Decker, a congregation member who's married to a physically abusive man. ... Starsong (Never Again, 2015, etc.) delivers an intense historical novel that effectively conveys the Wrights' full flowering . . . Daniel, in particular, is a striking study of repressed desire . . . the author also manages to skillfully relate a number of other story arcs in addition to his, including the sisters' individual awakenings and a sweet subplot involving a gentle carpenter and a young prostitute. A sweeping melodrama of the frontier." --Kirkus Reviews,December 2016
About the Author
Heather Starsong grew up in New England and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature. She has been a dancer since childhood, especially fascinated with the connections between healing, art, and spirit. Although her career has been focused on body language, she has loved and told stories all her life. In 2007 she began to write her stories. Leaves in Her Hair was published in 2009, Never Again in 2015, The Purest Gold in 2017. She is presently semi-retired from a long career of teaching dance and yoga and practicing Rolfing. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys writing, dancing, hiking in the high country, and spending time with her grandchildren.
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This is a story where I felt I was along with the characters on their journey. Ms. Starsong writes so beautifully!! She has a deep connection and transmits it very well in her writing. And along with those handling their concerns in her stories, there was for me the appreciation of their living in a quite different time from ours nowadays.
I'm so glad she wrote the book, and that I read it. and don't forget to look for what IS the purest gold!
This is the second book I have ever read where I felt a conflict as I neared the end: I wanted to finish it as soon as possible to know how everything ended, while at the same time wanting to read only 1 or 2 pages a day because I didn't want to leave any of the people so soon. The other book I have read several times since, and still love. This will certainly be true of The Purest Gold as well.