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SANDRA FOX MURPHY is originally from Newark, Delaware, but grew up a "military brat." Sandy was inspired to begin writing while studying the beatnik poets at Indian Valley College in California, and she is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Sandy stepped up her writing after retiring from the U. S. Geological Survey in 2009 when she started writing poetry and short stories with her writing club in Round Rock, Texas. A Thousand Stars is her first novel, a story about Ann Hill that she was compelled to write. It is historical fiction set in Rhode Island during the seventeenth century, a time period Sandy loves to visit through her stories. She is currently writing a novel set on Maryland's eastern shore, set in the late nineteenth century. You can can find more about Sandra's books, as well as some poetry and short stories.

That Beautiful Season

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
When the Civil War is at last over, a young girl called Sylvie is unaware of the turmoil of her past and the Reconstruction all around her. She knows only farm animals and crop cycles and the love of her family. Growing into a lovely young woman in rural Maryland, she finds happiness in the farming life and, over time, runs smack into love. But she soon will discover that life is filled not only with joy, but loss, and secrets that will topple all she thought she knew.
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A Thousand Stars

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
In 1665, in Rhode Island, Ann Tallman, wife of Peter, is sentenced to fifteen lashings in Newport's town square. Her story begins, in 1647, in Barbados where Ann Hill, the daughter of English settlers, meets the dashing German merchant Captain Peter Tallman. After they wed and settle in colonial Rhode Island, after six children, after years of Peter's absences at sea, abuse, and jealousies, it was Thomas, the English indentured servant, who won Ann's heart. Refusing to leave behind her children, her choice was abruptly taken from her hands with Peter's request for divorce and the court's sentence of lashings in Portsmouth and Newport.
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