A...My Name's Amelia

A...My Name's Amelia

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Heart's Persuaded

Heart's Persuaded

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

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Meggie's Remains

Meggie's Remains

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The Parlor House Daughter

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Reviews

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    Willa Mae Tyler and Surry Lion have been secret friends since they were seven--secret because it was pre-Civil War Virginia, and Willa is white and Surry is a black slave. But as the war begins and Surry is brutalized by a vicious overseer, the girls go their separate ways--Surry to freedom in the North and Willa into the Confederate Army disguised as a boy. Then Willa meets Quaker Levi Clement, pacifist and mill owner, and all their lives will never be the same. VERDICT: Compelling characters and descriptive historical detail draw readers into this soul-wrenching drama, leaving them looking forward to the next installment in "The Quaker and the Confederate" duet, with HEARTS PERSUADED coming in September. Sundell (MEGGIE'S REMAINS) divides her time between Colorado and California.

    Library Journal

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    Virginia during the Civil War. The American Civil War caused any number of problems, besides battle, to the citizens of Virginia. Parts of the state were anti-slavery, other parts, die-hard Confederates, and it's this conflict that is the backbone of this novel. Willa and Surry have grown up near each other, but they might as well be miles apart. Willa's family owns a small farm, and Surry is the daughter of slaves at a large plantation nearby. They become friends as children, and that friendship will survive and be tested as war clouds form over their homeland. Also nearby is Levi Clement, a young Quaker who is steadfast in his belief of non-violence and that slavery is evil. He is betrothed to Comfort Clarke, but as war erupts in his state, the life he had planned is quickly changing. Willa has learned that despite her hatred of slavery, defending Virginia is more important. When her brothers march off to war, she runs away shortly afterwards and disguises herself as a boy to join the Confederate Army. Her experiences rae not what she expected, but she will not let the fact that she is a woman stop her from protecting her beliefs. Meanwhile, Surry and her siblings are left to try and escape the tyranny and attempt to use the Underground Railroad to move north to freedom. All the while each young woman prays for the safety of the other. Levi's beliefs are stretched to the limit as war escalates and the southern army takes over his father's mill, and soon the very church where they worship. When he spies a young soldier at the church, he's sure it is a woman, but what would a woman be doing at war? HEARTS DIVIDED, The Quaker and the Confederate, is the first book in a two part Civil War series. Well researched and with interesting characters, this is a book that will be enjoyed by all who are interested in this sad part of our country's history.

    Romance Reviews Today

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    There is no period in time so poignant as the American Civil War--yet love always shines through. What a beautiful book about PEOPLE!

    Heather Graham, Author

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    Trapped in one of our nation's most terrible conflicts, two unlikely people find each other. Their love story against the background of the Civil War is one you'll remember long after you read the final page. Joanne Sundell presents us with another superb set of novels.

    Alice Duncan, Author

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    Compelling characters and descriptive historical detail draw readers into this soul-wrenching drama, leaving them looking forward to the next installment in The Quaker and the Confederate duet, with Hearts Persuaded coming in September.

    Library Journal

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    First time author Sundell creates a unique romance that dramatizes the hardships faced by Jewish immigrants and ambitious women in mid-nineteenth-century America. After leaving their shtetl in Russia for a freer life in Philadelphia in 1867, Yitzhak sells the family's silver menorah to make his daughter's dream of becoming a doctor come true. Zoe-Esther graduates from medical school, realizes that her father is suffering from tuberculosis, and decides that they must move to the Colorado territory. But the trip is arduous, and Golden City is not welcoming to Jews, let alone a woman doctor. As they struggle to survive, Zoe-Esther meets Jake, a true product of the Wild West - the owner of a local saloon, a gambler, a drinker, and, most problematically for Zoe-Esther, a non-Jew. She fights her attraction by recalling her visit to the match-maker back in Russia, while Yitzhak argues for her marrying a young Jewish doctor back in Philadelphia. Fresh in its character, and cultural concerns yet classic in its obstacles to romance.

    Booklist

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    Zoe-Esther, a motherless Jewish girl of nine, leaves Russia with her silversmith father to seek refuge in Amerika (sic). Zoe-Esther is one of three women to graduate from medical school in 1867. Upon graduation, Zoe-Esther (or Star, as her father calls her) moves her tuberculosis-stricken father to Golden City in the Colorado Territory, seeking to save his life. On the frontier, away from her father's choice of husband, fellow graduate Daniel Stein, Zoe-Esther must struggle to survive in a foreign land, in the face of prejudice against Jews, immigrants, and female doctors. Possible love interest Jake Whiskey is the exact opposite of her father's choice of a husband for the heroine--a gambler, a drinker, a non-Jew. It takes a cholera outbreak for the town to accept Zoe-Esther as its doctor. Then Daniel Stein arrives in town. Sundell writes of blossoming romance, strength in the face of adversity, and a young woman's love for and devotion to her father. Appropriate for historical romance collections at the young adult and adult levels. this novel will most be appreciated by those torn between tradition and true love.

    Association of Jewish Libraries

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    Ms. Sundell’s voice is one that you will want to keep your eyes on, because her writing is just wonderful.

    LoveRomances.com

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    Ms. Sundell has presented us with a gift that we will hold close to our heart, silently cheering for the couple at their attempt to conquer the barrier of communication, the tragedies and hardships on the frontier.

    Affaire de Coeur

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    Sundell’s latest historical romance is a rich, exciting exploration of old but trustworthy themes, set on the edge of the 19th century frontier. Rebecca Rose, the daughter of a Nevada City prostitute, is determined to carry on with the life of easy virtue herself until she can avenge her mother’s murder. When Rebecca Rose and a client, wealthy and powerful Morgan Larkspur, unexpectedly fall in love, it’s not what either of them want … Sundell delivers a strong story … genre fans will be delighted … this is historical romance of a satisfying order.

    Publisher's Weekly

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    One hundred years ago, the west was a lawless and brutal place. Rebecca Rose learns this the hard way at the age of four, when her mother, a prostitute, is viciously murdered. Becca sees nothing of the man except for a hand missing two fingers and a signet ring, and she vows to avenge her mother’s death. At 18, she’s in training as a whore at the best parlor house in Denver, and her first customer, Morgan Larkspur, is instantly in love with her. Wealthy and determined, Morgan is the business arm of his rich family’s silver mines and engaged to a bland society girl. He sets Becca up as his personal mistress in the Windsor Hotel; yet however posh, it cannot keep out the harsh truths of life in the Old West as miners threaten a strike, fortunes are made and squandered, and Becca finally comes face to face with her mother’s killer. A classic western story of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Booklist

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    … the author has a unique writing style that is sharp and to the point … the dialogue is punchy, not flowery but it works here … the author’s sense of pacing had me guessing as to who the murdered was, and threw me off very early in the book … Ms. Sundell writes an interesting combination of western, historical, romantic mystery …

    Romance Novel TV

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    Meggie's Remains is a wonderful poignant story of a woman who is trying to leave her past and start a bright new future, a well-written book whose main character reaches out to the reader immediately. Joanne Sundell's "Meggie's Remains" reminded me of Julie Garwood's Claybornes' Brides series. Both are wonderful and delightful good reads.

    Good Reads

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    ...The characterization is good...the storyline is filled with emotion and well-rounded characters...

    Romantic Times

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Arctic Storm - Watch Eyes Trilogy (1) - Coming in 2014

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About Joanne

I’ve raised and loved Siberian huskies over 40 years. My last husky, Xander, died recently at fourteen. His death prompted me to begin researching then writing the Watch Eyes Trilogy. Before attempting this YA frontier series, I wrote historical romance set primarily in the Old (Colorado) West. My six published novels to date are with Five Star Publishing, Gale/Cengage. The Watch Eyes Trilogy is set in the Arctic West.

I live between Colorado and California, my husband and I ever chasing down our children and grandchildren scattered therein. Raised in the Rockies, our brood is never far from the West they love. Though retired from nursing, the time I have to write is precious little. I’ve taken the coveted 4 a.m. slot, sorry folks.

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