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  • Carver Public Library

    1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him. But when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas - a thousand miles from home - she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her.

  • Debra Holster

    The Promise by Anne Weisgarber. A historical fiction novel set in the path of the Galveston Island hurricane of 1900. by Ann Weisgarber

  • Joan Roll

    Your best friend is dying. She asks you to look after her small son when she is gone. You, Nan Ogden, agree. All is well until her husband, Oscar Williams, the boy’s father remarries.The new wife comes from Dayton, Ohio to Galveston, Texas. It is 1900 and the new wife, Catherine is not accustomed to life on a farm. She is a concert pianist who became involved with a married man. She leaves Dayton and the scandal to marry Oscar. Both women soon face the most difficult challenges in their lives.

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