Set against the dramatic backdrop of America's second war for independence, Beverly Swerling's gripping and intricately plotted sequel to the much-loved City of Dreams plunges deep into the crowded streets of old New York.
Poised between the Manhattan woods and the sea that is her gateway to the world, the city of 1812 is vibrant but raw, a cauldron where the French accents of Creole pirates mingle with the brogues of Irish seamen, and shipments of rare teas and silks from Canton are sold at raucous Pearl Street auctions. Allegiances are more changeable than the tides, love and lust often indistinguishable, the bonds of country weak compared to the temptation of fabulous riches from the East, and only a few farseeing patriots recognize the need not only to protect the city from the redcoats, but to preserve the fragile Constitutional union forged in 1787.
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"Fans of historical fiction and those interested in the early history of Manhattan will enjoy this evocative and entertaining saga." - PW.
"Propelled by brisk, evocative language, the story stalls whenever Swerling cuts to the British army's assault on Washington - necessary exposition perhaps, but an irritating detour from the excitement in New York. Good fun, duly grounded in history." - Kirkus.
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Beverly Swerling is a writer, a consultant, and an avid amateur historian. She was born in Boston 1941 and raised there. She spent much of her adult life in Europe and New York City.
Her works include City Of Dreams, Shadowbrook, City of Glory, City of God, City of Promise, and Bristol house.
Her novel City of Dreams was published in 2001. It is the first of a series of best-sellers that feature the intertwined histories of two dynasties, the Turners and the Devreys through the early centuries of the United States.
She lives in New York City with her husband.
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