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A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas

In 1864 Eliza Spooner’s husband Will volunteers to join the Union army leaving her to take care of their Kansas farm and their two children. Eliza awaits his return and sends him a special Christmas quilt to help keep him warm. When one of her neighbors becomes a widow, Eliza opens her home to the young woman and her daughter. The two women help each other and form a special bond when they join other women in a quilting group. When Eliza is asked to hide an escaped slave she finds it in her heart to do the right thing even though it puts her own family in danger.

Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America by Amy Belding Brown

Based on the real-life story of Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711) who lived in an outpost town in 1600’s Massachusetts this enthralling novel tells the story of Mary’s capture by Native Americans in an Indian raid.  Mary became a slave to a powerful female Indian leader and witnessed both savage cruelty and kindness while adapting to the Native American culture.  When she returned to English society and her minister husband she often felt shunned by her community and conflicted by the cruelty and prejudices imposed upon the Native Americans.  This novel gives a fresh in

China Dolls by Lisa See

Set in 1938 in San Francisco just prior to the opening of the World’s Fair on Treasure Island three young women meet while seeking employment at the Forbidden City night club.  All three Chinese-American women come from different backgrounds, yet they find a common bond in the world of adult nightclubs.  Grace Lee has fled an abusive home in the Midwest and has no idea what it means to be Chinese.  Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown who tries to protect her reputation and disapproves of her working in the nightclub.  Ruby Tom has ambition that w

A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker

This sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats brings Julia Win, a successful Manhattan lawyer, back ten years later to her father’s homeland of Burma.  Julia’s personal life is in turmoil when she begins to hear in her head the voice of NuNu, a Burmese woman who is trying to discover the fate of her son who was a child soldier during the war in Burma.  Julia seeks answers for NuNu and in doing so learns what is truly important in her own life.  This beautifully written story keeps you wanting more while demonstrating what really matters in life.&nb

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Set on a plantation in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803, this novel explores the relationship between two young girls that progresses over thirty-five years.  Sarah, the daughter of the plantation owner, is given for her eleventh birthday ownership of ten-year-old Handful who is to be her handmaid.  The two form a unique bond, learning much from each other and the differences there are between being free and slave.  Sarah is a brilliant and eager student, but she finds out that a young woman’s place is not in education, but in preparing

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