Year of 1895. Camilla Renfrew has been invites to join her best friend, Joanna, for a journey to the Great Lakes. She has been offered a position in Joanna’s household. She must find a way to reach her before they leave from Albany. Camilla jumps onto a rising gangway, almost missing it. Captain Black, co-owner of the ship Marianne, is not at all pleased with her antics. Camilla has a secret that puts her life in danger. Captain Black has his problems keeping the Marianne afloat. Both having personal issues, try to keep their faith alive as they overcome obstacles at every turn.
Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Year of 1858. Merrie Bentley writes articles for Kipler’s Home Weekly. Merrie has received payment for her article, along with a note from her editor who requests to meet with her. Merrie panics because the editor believes her to be man. She convinces Colin Thackery, her piano teacher, to pose as her husband Mr. Bunting and take the meeting with her editor. Colin thinks she should tell the truth. After all, he is the son of a preacher. The farce continues until another meeting is requested. Colin has resigned and Merrie’s twisted truth is about to unravel.
One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Year of 1892. Lorraine Caldwell must marry by September 14th or she will lose her inheritance to her cousin, Alan. She takes a trip to visit her brother, Mike. Maybe he can help her sort things out. When Lorraine arrives to Lilac Hall, the hotel where her brother lives, she meets his friend, Jonah. They form a friendship which becomes much more. Things become complicated when Jonah admits his love for Lorraine. He cannot marry her because of family traditions. She is heartbroken and returns home. Jonah goes after her, but will not go against his parents. Is there another way they can be together?
A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Year of 1911. Grace Hathaway’s godchild, Caroline, needs to be comforted. Her father died in a drowning accident and her mother, Rebecca, has been in a sanitarium ever since. Grace meets a pharmacist, Dr. Milliken who works at Wilderness Heights, but is not sure he is to be trusted. After visiting Caroline, Grace goes to Wilderness Heights to see her friend, Rebecca. Rebecca weak from starvation, is being brainwashed into staying at the sanitarium. In the attempt to save her friend, Grace slyly gets herself admitted to the hospital. Grace knows she has made a mistake, especially after she and Rebecca are caught while trying to escape. Grace’s worst fear is happening; no one knows they are locked in a dark room in the basement.
These four stories are well written, have interesting plots, and are easy reads. My favorite was A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick. The story line is based on a real sanitarium, Wilderness Heights. In a note to the readers, it is explained what happened to the owners, their patients, and the facility. I recommend this four-story novella for readers of historical literature.
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