In the spring of 1956, a young American photographer falls in love with a Cuban line cook in New York. They have a ten-week affair which ends when Immigration arrests and deports him, and by then Clare Miller is pregnant.
Few Americans know the name Camilo Cienfuegos. All Cubans do. He was the most charismatic of Castro’s rebel commanders. But Clare, who never hears from him after he’s deported, believes he has died in Fidel’s invasion of the island. She marries a wealthy Cuban businessman and moves to Havana with her two-year-old daughter, only to discover that her first love is not only still alive, he’s now head of the Cuban Army. Clare knows that Camilo likes to dance and drink. He likes women, and too many women like him. Though his courage is legendary, when he comes to visit at night he’s afraid of his daughter’s moods. He feeds her, he reads to her, he changes her diapers, but for him an all-night march would be easier. Clare worries that he’ll never make a good parent, but she cannot resist him.
Book I of the Rose Series. ~ IPPY AWARD WINNER for Historical Fiction~
Midwest Book Review referred to it as “...an excellent blend and deftly written look at 1930s America in between the Great Depression and the second Great War – highly recommended for fans of coming of age fiction...”
Library Journal review of the audio books give it a "Recommended" status:" Keleny details her [the main character's] journey and the myriad of characters she encounters in an enjoyable and entertaining way."
Rose is thrown into the lives of the varied people and towns of the Mississippi while working on river boats, going to a prep school in St. Louis where she lives with a black family in the Ville, and working in a bordello in New Orleans (not as a call girl, of course. She is a Catholic girl from the Midwest after all). What she doesn’t anticipate are the close relationships that develop with many of the women she encounters. She also discovers the harshness of the world far away from the security of home. Ultimately, Rose realizes what is most important in her life: her family and her friends. Rosebloom takes place at a time in history that buffets Rose between the great depression and the coming wave of World War II. She gets herself into situations through her naiveté and also just by chance that test her resolve and teach her not only about herself but about the world of others which she would have never know if she hadn’t left her small farm in Southwest Wisconsin.
Judges of the IPPY award called Rosebloom “A wonderful portrait of life on the river....” “Rose is a female Huckleberry Finn.”
Of the author; “(Christine is) A soulful and lively writer.” Christine Keleny spent over four years and traveled over 3500 miles to seven river towns in five states to write a story of her own, this one fictional.
After the treachery and slaughter they met during the raid on Glendalough, Thorgrim Night Wolf and his small band of surviving Northmen have returned to Vík-ló, where Thorgrim again sits as lord of the Viking longphort. But the Northmen are a restless lot, and soon they find themselves eager to put to sea. Loading weapons and supplies aboard the four longships under Thorgrim's command, they set out in search of the rich merchant ships that now ply Irish waters. But not all cargoes are the same, nor all merchant captains easy targets for the Norse raiders. Crossing wakes with a Frisian shipmaster who could be Thorgrim's equal in seamanship and cunning, the Northmen soon find themselves seeking vengeance even as they fight to keep from a watery grave.
A beautiful daughter of privilege comes home to a Mexico on the cusp of revolution in this enthralling tale of romance and adventure. Miranda Greenleaf was a little girl when her father, a wealthy mine owner, sent her to his native England to receive a “proper” education. Now seventeen years old, she returns to Sonora two years after her father’s death in a mining accident to attend to her dying Mexican mother. Her new guardian and half-sister, Reina, receives Miranda with hostility and jealous suspicion. When Miranda rescues an Indian girl orphaned and maimed by federal troops, Trace Winslade, Reina’s Texan bodyguard, disobeys his orders and rides through the night to help save Sewa’s life. To escape Reina’s vengeful wrath, Miranda leaves her rightful home and falls into the hands of Court Sanders, a Yankee mine operator known for always getting what he lusts after, be it gold or women. The situation turns from bad to worse when Miranda manages to get away from Sanders but is kidnapped by a band of guerillas who intend to ransom her for rifles. On what might be the last night of her life, surrounded by men who will kill her at dawn if the ransom is not paid, Miranda prays that she might see Trace once more before dying. Brimming with passion, intrigue, and fascinating historical detail, A Lady Bought with Rifles is a stunning achievement from an award-winning, New York Times–bestselling author with “a clear-voiced style that transcends genre” (The Kansas City Star).
Atlantic Holocaust 346 Years takes you on a journey through a very dark passage in history that still affects us today. You join the story from capture in Africa, through slavery in The Americas and eventually freedom. It is an historical account told in a way you have never experienced. The narrator invites you to become a slave and feel the life of a slave. He challenges you to listen from beginning to end as he tells you he did not have the choice to get up and leave when it got to hard for him. It is a work of fiction but it is based on historical facts many of us do not know because it was never taught to us. Through words and music to the sounds of the slaves and the in-slavers, you are taken on a very emotional journey. Across The Sea of Sorrow.
At the dawn of civilization, a wolf dog befriends an old hunter and revives his alpha powers among his human tribe. Together with the animal’s pack, they discover a new way of life—a shared odyssey of survival and trust that grows into the most successful partnership the Earth has ever known, changing dogs and humans forever.The pack led by Oohma encounters the first humans they have ever seen—Ish the old hunter, Lut the gifted young medicine woman and Hun the brutal tribe leader whose jealousy forces him out of the tribe. This is the poetic story of how civilization progresses all because of the abilities the dogs bring the tribe. Set against the ancient Chauvet Cave in France with its remarkable cave art and the footprints of a small boy and his dog as they walk together side by side as companions not prey.How does the greatest love story in history begin? With a leap into the unknown, as told in First Dog on Earth.
Hours before his retirement, Powder Valley’s chief lawman stumbles upon a deadly scheme Pat Stevens never wanted to be sheriff. But when old Ed Grimes was killed, Pat was the only man in Powder Valley with a quick enough gun hand to avenge his predecessor’s death and take on the badge. Now, after years of wearing the silver star, Pat is too old to continue to risk his neck. He only has a few hours before a new sheriff takes over—but a lot of blood can flow in a short amount of time. A well-dressed con artist steps off the stagecoach into the sheriff’s office. Mistaking Pat for the replacement officer, he hints at an evil bargain between sheriff and thief—a scheme of murderous corruption that could destroy Pat’s closest friend. Pat has just a few hours to stop the killers, and he’ll do it with or without his badge.
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