Day: November 27, 2013

Review of ‘The Garden of Two’

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In 1916, the world was in turmoil. Europe was embroiled in the first global conflict, and technology was changing the world that people knew.

In New York, two young people – Lillie Whitman, a child of privilege, and Charlie Murphy, a boy from a working class Irish-American background, grew up in New York, but inhabited two different worlds. Then, when Lillie’s father, president of Whitman Construction, hires Charlie to help him care for his ill and widowed mother, the two finally come face to face.

Despite the differences in background, two young people fall in love, and their lives become as intertwined as the two fire thorn bushes Lillie’s father has planted in his garden to honor his own dead wife, whom he dearly loved. Their love, though, is tested to the limit when Charlie decides that he has to follow his friends and go off to Europe to the war.

The Garden of Two, by Vicki-Ann Bush, is a romance, but not of the bodice-ripping, heaving bosom type. It delves deeply into the hearts and souls of its characters with the backdrop of the horrors of one of the most vicious wars of the modern age – a war of mud, trenches, and poison gas. In doing so, it shows the many faces of humanity and teaches the lesson that might seem trite, but in Bush’s hands is profound – love does, in the end, conquer all.

The author provided me the manuscript of this novel for review, and while I’m not usually a romance reader, I found myself immersed in Lillie and Charlie’s world; unable to stop reading until the end – and, I promise you, it’s an ending that will leave you breathless and in tears.



Ninety-Five Years Ago, We Tried to Export American Thanksgiving Day Around The World

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— Domani Spero

Via,  below is an excerpt from David Langbart’s The Text Message blog post from November 20, 2012 about  Thanksgiving Day 1918. The Text Message is the blog of the Textual Services Division at the National Archives.

“Thanksgiving is considered by many to be the quintessential American holidayAs Thanksgiving 1918 approached, American had more reason than the usual to give thanks.  On November 11, 1918, Germany signed the armistice that brought World War I to an effective end.  In the wake of that event, the United States made an attempt to broaden the application of Thanksgiving to a selected world-wide audience.

On November 13, the Department of State sent a the following telegram, personally drafted and signed by Secretary of State Robert Lansing, to its diplomatic representatives in the capitals of the victorious powers.  The message went to the American embassy or legation in Belgium, Brazil…

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