To The Stars Through Difficulties: A Novel

She Writes Press
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A Kansas Notable Book of the Year, 2018 Andrew Carnegie funded fifty-nine public libraries in Kansas in the early 20th century—but it was frontier women who organized waffle suppers, minstrel shows, and women's baseball games to buy books to fill them. Now, a century later, Angelina returns to her father's hometown of New Hope to complete her dissertation on the Carnegie libraries, just as Traci and Gayle arrive in town—Traci as an artist-in-residence at the renovated Carnegie Arts Center and Gayle as a refugee whose neighboring town, Prairie Hill, has just been destroyed by a tornado. The discovery of an old journal inspires the women to create a library and arts center as the first act of rebuilding Prairie Hill after the tornado. As they work together to raise money for the center, Traci reveals her enormous heart, Angelina discovers that problem-solving is more valuable than her PhD, and Gayle demonstrates that courage is not about waiting out a storm but building a future. Full of Kansas history—from pioneer homesteaders to Carrie Nation to orphan trains—To the Stars through Difficulties is a contemporary story of women changing their world, and finding their own voices, powers, and self-esteem in the process.
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About the author

Romalyn Tilghman is a freelance writer and consultant in arts management. She earned BA and MS degrees from the University of Kansas and has studied writing through UCLA’s Writers Program. To the Stars through Difficulties is her first novel, inspired by her work as Executive Director of the Association of Community Arts Councils of Kansas, and then as Regional Representative for the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, she has consulted with private foundations, government agencies, and performing arts groups, and served on national boards and panels. She lives in Southern California.

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Publisher
She Writes Press
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Published on
Apr 4, 2017
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781631522321
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Women
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"Beautifully descriptive passages paint vivid images making the reader experience the times." ~Laura S. Reading, Amazon Verified Reviewer

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Charleston, South Carolina, October 1782
Emily Sullivan's greatest fear is dying in childbirth, as did her twin sister and their mother. Then she's thrown in a loyalist prison for her privateering father's raids on the British, and her accuser--a former beau--promises to recant if she will marry him.
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Freed from prison, Emily ponders returning the affections of her rescuer--the only man she's ever loved and who married her twin to save the Sullivan family's reputation. But Frank cannot afford to be discovered. For the sake of young America, he must deliver his secrets.

AWARDS:
International Book Awards, Finalist

PUBLISHER'S NOTE:
Betty Bolte is known for her detailed research and true-to-period imagery. Her work delights readers who appreciate a historical experience. This story does NOT contain vulgar language and DOES include mildly explicit sexual situations. We hope you enjoy it!

REVIEWS:
"Truly a marvel to read and I loved every minute of the story." ~Lynelle, Touring Host Reviewer
"I recommend to all that want to learn more about the process of the American Revolution and the experiences of the women in the 18th century." ~Deniza Futuro, eBook Discovery Reviewer

A MORE PERFECT UNION SERIES, in order:
Emily's Vow
Amy's Choice
Samantha's Secret
Evelyn's Promise

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