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In hurricane-ravaged Galveston, a storm of betrayal is brewing.

Nineteen-year-old Grace's golden age is just beginning. She and her mother live a privileged life. Beautiful and talented, Grace is looking forward to a pleasant summer celebrating her engagement to a wealthy young gentleman.

But when her lovely, charming, and disgraced cousin Etta arrives, Grace finds her place in society - and in her mother's heart - threatened. Etta enchants everyone as she maneuvers to secure a station in Galveston's upper echelons. Grace, in a reckless moment, reveals Etta's scandalous past, and as punishment, she's sent to work in Galveston's back alleys, helping the poor. There, a silent waif known only as Miss Girl opens Grace's eyes to new love and purpose. She's determined to save this girl who lost her entire family in the hurricane and now slips along the shadows of the unfinished seawall with a mysterious resolve.

Soon, the lives of the three young women will converge as betrayal, mistaken identity, and a family secret that sweeps them toward a future that defies all expectations.

©2017 Ann Howard Creel (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Lovely simply lovely

I loved this story! Beautifully written. The narration is phenomenal. Simply lovely. Deep sigh. That's all.

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Brave women

This book brought the reality of a long ago tragedy. I was unaware of this tragic hurricane in our history until listening to this story. This book was a great source of insight of what happened that tragic day in 1900 and the effects it had on the people it effected. How I wish so many things could have been different for the young girl it follows, it shadows nothing, only her reality and the reality of another young girl.
This book has stayed with me...making me feel very thankful for what I have and whom I have in my life.

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Historical Fiction from the Gulf Coast of Texas

Having lived in the Gulf Coast I enjoyed this book that takes place primarily in Galveston in the early 1900's after the hurricane of 1900. The story follows three of it's main characters: Grace, Etta and The Girl. Grace and Etta are cousins but there is animosity throughout the story which reveals truths. The Girl is an orphan from the hurricane who loses her voice and lives off the streets until Grace comes upon her and attempts to help her. All three young women encounter misfortune and grow throughout the story. The narrator brings the characters to life.

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Sweet

enjoyed it immensely! It had to do with family, money, and secrets. narrator was excellent

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Entertaining story.

A good story, really enjoyed it. I am a bit dissapointed in the ending. The ending could have been a bit more developed.

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Engaging story

This was not at all what I thought it was going to be. A sweet frivolous story, it was not. Grace and Etta, are two cousins from different circumstances. Etta comes to stay in Galveston with her aunt, and Grace, for the summer. At first, they are consumed with an excitement for the coming summer, new gowns, and fancy society parties. But, a quasi-tragedy happens while at one of these events that changes everything.
Ms. Creel, wrote about how jealousy, and unguarded words can cause devastation. She also wrote about how forgiveness and grace could have, and did, change lives. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would! It is a book that contains an underlying moral to it. Very enjoyable

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Delightful blending of socioeconomic cultures

Would have liked this story to last longer, characters well developed with still some mystery. Primary character displayed personal growth through new found humanity to become a helper.

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amazing

well thought out. beautiful characters fill of life. descriptions that take the reader to the location. I love this book. all it says. every meaning. every finality. it is the best book I have read this year and will stay my favorite forever!!!!!!!!!

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  • Kathy Hoare
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Unsatisfying ending.

Storyline was slow without much happening. The ending was very unsatisfying. Awful to think of a mute 14 year old sailing out to the unknown. She can't speak,has no money or clothes. How would she survive?The horrible rape didn't seem to add anything to the storyline except to emphasize how alone the girl is. I had hoped for a good ending for her, finding her voice, education and Grace with her privileged wealthy life could have taken her in.
Surely Grace would have married the man she loved instead of choosing to stay where her mentally ill father was. He was well cared for in the home and didn't even recognize Grace.