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Rumblings of discord abound in 1856 Boston. Northern abolitionists bellow as the South roars to protect its “peculiar institution” of slavery. Recent immigrants, especially the Irish, rage against the prejudices of established citizens. Demands for equal treatment of women grow ever stronger.
Into this crucible of discontent sails Jack Moylan, the smart young director of a well-known and well-respected shipping company. He has transferred to Boston to shore up the firm’s flagging foundations and court Guinevere Walker, the woman he has loved since his youth in California.
Unaware of Jack’s designs, Guine Walker is focused on becoming a physician. The budding doctor joins the fight for emancipation of both women and slaves, as she struggles with the rigid social norms of her native Boston and longs for the independence she once enjoyed as a young girl on the West Coast.
The third book in the series, A Peculiar Peace continues the saga of Jack and Guine, begun with the California Gold Rush adventure Embracing the Elephant.
Praise for Embracing the Elephant and A Veil of Fog and Flames:
“Beninger’s skillful use of language pulls you into the story, and makes the scenes come alive.” – Mary Galliver, Historical Novel Society, 2012
“… historically evocative …” – Publishers Weekly, December 2012
“journey worth taking” and “Guine’s plucky personality will appeal to booklovers who value a heroine with backbone” – ForeWord Reviews, November 2012
"… something for everyone: a coming-of-age tale, adventure, romance, and a page-turner plot." – Historical Novel Society, 2013
“This talented author’s literary approach brings out the period atmosphere and a near tangible sense of place.” - Julia Ann Charpentier, Foreword Reviews, June 2015
“… exciting and heart-warming, an easy recommendation …” – Fiona Ness, Historical Novel Society, 2015