Thursday, May 24, 2012

North Carolina, Boston, New York

The Cove by Ron Rash
Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe--just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin. Then it happens--a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel's heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known. But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything--and danger is closer than they know.

The Rising of Roxbury Crossing by James Redfearn
Swept up in the tumult of post-war 1919 and amid the rising tide of immigrants, virulent socialists, labor union strikers and discontented WWI veterans, Boston's primarily Irish police force does the dirty work to keep the city from becoming unglued with long hours, paltry pay and little recognition. In Ireland, the Republican Brotherhood wages a guerrilla war of independence with England, supported by Boston's Irish neighborhoods. Frustrated by political promises, Boston's guardians go on strike for better pay and working conditions. And as the city erupts, Willie Dwyer's nemesis crosses an ocean and comes to hunt him down.

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity. But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he hoped to escape.

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