Early in The Sweetness, an inquisitive young girl asks her grandmother why she is carrying nothing but a jug of sliced lemons and water when they are forced by the Germans to evacuate their ghetto. "Something sour to remind me of the sweetness," she tells her, setting the theme for what they must remember to survive.
It's the early nineteen fifties, and the nascent romance of two young Sydneysiders is about to be challenged. Linda is being courted by an ambitious young carpenter named Harry. Seemingly without effort, he passes the scrutiny of her parents and they encourage her alliance with him. Trouble brews, though, when her sister Tessa lays eyes on him and, despite her engagement to a young accountant, makes her feelings abundantly clear.
"Just like tasting your first ice cream cone, after reading the first page of this historical novel you'll be hooked. The story blends together a rich immigrant experience together with a rags to riches narrative all while remaining historically accurate. This all American story will have you reaching for a cone after the last page." - Schlow Library Staff
Welsh longbow maker and archer, Will Bowman, is late getting to the archery tournaments this year and has to return to old stamping grounds he has mostly avoided for years, using an alias.
While much has been written about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history. Roberts brings us the women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps.
It's still 1656, and Freddy is on the run. Determined to protect her young children and keep her family together, she is tested more than ever as she navigates a choking gauntlet of greed, corruption, duplicity, and bloody violence. Romantic sparks fly, smolder, and threaten to explode.
In May 1653, young Frederica (Freddy) O'Brennan and her sister Aileen trust a stranger on an empty beach in western Ireland, inadvertently placing themselves in the crosshairs of Cromwell's notorious Reign of Terror. Freddy awakens in the cramped hold of a slave ship bound for Barbados.
As timely today as when it was written. Dr. Kingâ€™s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963.