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1870 - William Dixon will not ignore injustice. The Reese brothers have been released from prison and no one has been made to pay for the life they took, nor the damage they caused to Cochrane’s Farm. As his sister, Molly and her husband Daniel set out to rebuild their farm, William takes the fight onto the political stage. Whilst his wife, Cecilia, runs Dixon’s Attorneys’ office in Pierceton, William begins on the campaign trail. He may not have the backing of the establishment, but his oratory is outstanding. The Fifteenth Amendment has broadened the electorate, but politics is still a white male preserve. William sets out to speak for those who have no voice. He stands on a ticket of equality and fairness. Lauded by some and vilified by others, everyone has a view on William Dixon and some will go to great lengths to stop his progress. How do you fight for justice against those whose interests it does not serve? William Dixon is about to find out.
Our lives flicker on the edge of darkness for our brief moment in the world before the mystery where we were birthed takes us back again. The elusive hope we nurture while we cast a shadow, is more certain than we imagine. In our anxiety about whether our lives will end well, we can overlook the fact that our simple presence on the earth is unfathomable miracle, and that a life well lived is not about its end. Indeed, the most uncertain aspect of life on earth is whether it has an end at all. Even our beginning remains an enigma to us. We aren’t here long before we’ve totally forgotten our birth. In our hearts, we might have been here forever. Here are eighteen stories exploring the ongoing miracle of life (and death), offered to remind the reader that ordinary is merely the illusion we foster to shield ourselves from the constant unbearable onslaught of glory.
1866 - Daniel Flynn and Molly Reilly’s lives have been dogged by hardship since their orphan days on the streets of New York. Finally, the future is looking bright and Indiana is the place they call home. Now they can focus on making Cochrane’s Farm a success. The Civil War might have ended but the battle for Cochrane’s Farm has only just begun. The Reese brothers are incensed that land, once part of their family farm, has been transferred to the ownership of young Molly. No matter that their Daddy had sold it years previously, jealousy and revenge have no regard for right. Women should know their place and this one clearly doesn’t. Times are changing and a woman’s place is changing with it. How far will Daniel and Molly go to fight injustice and is it a price worth paying?
Ireland has suffered from potato blight since 1845. Friends and neighbours have died, been evicted or given up what little land they have in search of alms. Michael Flynn is one of the lucky ones. His landlord has offered support. Michael and his family have done all they can to help their immediate household, but as the famine and its aftermath continue, have their efforts been enough? With the weakening brought about by hunger, there are some things he is powerless to protect his family from. Is it time for the great Michael Flynn to take his family in search of a better life?
Relax with the best holiday reads (Patsy Collins, Susan Wright, Gill McKinlay, Rosemary J Kind, Patricia Fawcett, Caroline Scott Collins, Tina K Burton, Susan Jones, Chris Cooke, Derek Haycock, Lilliana Rose, Alice Parrant, Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights, Tricia Maw, Kate Blackadder, Annette Siketa, Maggie Jones, Jeff Williams, Judith Bruton, Jan, Baynham, Angela K Blackburn)
20 stories for the festive season (Maggie Jones, Jeanne E. Tepper, Margaret Pearce, Pauline Wiles, Georgie Foord, Susan Howe, Alan Jankowski, Pauline Lachman, Gill McKinlay, Sarah England, Camilla Kelly, Sandra Woolfenden, Linda Lewis, Peter Lingard, Tricia Maw, Patsy Collins, Linda Louisa Dell, Kate Blackadder, Dorothy Davies, Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt)
20 of the best romantic stories (Angela K Blackburn, Patsy Collins, Karenne Griffin, Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights, Rebecca Holmes, Bernadette James, Lydia Jones, Svetlana Kortchik, Linda Lewis, Peter Lingard, Michelle Martin Dobbins, Perry McDaid, Roger Noons, Lilliana Rose, Ginny Swart, Samantha Tonge, Theresa van Meter, Fay Wentworth, Alan C. Williams, Peter Youell)
20 stories for children of all ages (A H Benjamin, Pat Boulton, Ann Burnett, Valerie Dawson-Miles, Christine Findlay, Tracey Glasspool, Teresa Howard, Ann Ingalls, Duncan Jones, Maggie Jones, Annabel Mackenzie, Mary Raebel, Pam Ramage, Pat St Pierre, Holly Stevens, Gerard Taylor Wallace, Rosalind Winter, Iris Woodbury, Greta Yorke, Joan Zambelli)