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Harbor of Spies


A captivating thriller-at-sea set in Spanish colonial Havana in the 1860s.
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Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

Created: 05/17/18

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Posted May. 17, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

Townsend "knew there were dark secrets about his mother's past in Cuba." Have you ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?


Posted May. 21, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
renem

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

Yes, but it isn't anything worth discussing.


Posted May. 22, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
vivianh

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

Absolutely! Every family has secrets.


Posted May. 23, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cathyoc

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

I thought the story line of Townsend's family was one of the interesting parts of the novel. He found out so much more about his mother and father's history and beliefs by visiting his grandmother's plantation. I think in this day of constant communication it would be hard to replicate the surprises that awaited Townsend in Cuba.


Posted May. 24, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ruthiea

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

Nothing terribly interesting, no great stories good or bad!


Posted May. 26, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Elizabeth Marie

Join Date: 05/26/18

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

Yes! In working with some cousins to do some genealogical research, I discovered that my grandfather was not an orphan as I had been told. Instead, I discovered that he may have been sent to an orphanage when his father was jailed for bigamy and his mother could no longer support all of the children!


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pennyp

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

When I was a kid, I learned that my maternal grand mother’s first marriage was to a full blooded American Indian who was killed in a fight. My moms dad was a very nice, mild mannered guy, so I was always in awe of that little fact, which i learned about as a child in the late 40’s.


Posted Jun. 03, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
PinkLady

Join Date: 01/22/18

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

No. My family has always been very open about life, issues, troubles etc therefore there weren't things I actually discovered. Just interesting facts shared.


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nancyh

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RE: Have you ever, like Townsend, ever uncovered anything about your parents or grandparents that surprised you?

No, I do believe I have. My Mother came from Norway when she was young. I do not know much about her family there. Every once in while I get on the computer and do some investigating.


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