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Myra Hargrave McIlvain
My website is for sharing the Texas tales I love to tell. I hope you will explore my musings––fact and fiction. Please note that Stein House has been republished with a historic photo of Indianola on its cover. It is the same award-winning book as the earlier edition. My historic Texas blogs are still being posted on most Friday afternoons. FYI: The Doctor's Wife is a prequel to Stein House. And you can follow several of the characters in both books in my new release, Waters Plantation.
Texas Tales makes a great gift for those who love a good nonfiction story that's not too long.
A sequel to THE DOCTOR'S WIFE and STEIN HOUSE
It is 1875 in Texas, and Albert Waters takes pride in his image––prosperous merchant and plantation owner who freed his wife's slaves before the Civil War and gave them land after her death. Then his son Toby, ready to depart for Harvard Medical College demands answers. Was his mother a slave?
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THE DOCTOR’S WIFE, my latest historic fiction, is a prequel to STEIN HOUSE and is the story of Amelia Anton, a teacher who leaves Germany in 1845 on an immigrant ship bound for Texas. After the death at sea of the child she is hired to tutor, her employer abandons her. Amelia quickly accepts the marriage proposal of the much-respected shipboard physician, Joseph Stein, only to discover that he is not the husband she expected.
Dr. Stein takes Amelia to the coastal tent settlement on Matagorda Bay where hundreds of disease-ridden Germans are huddled in tents—stranded during the Mexican-American War—waiting for wagons to transport them inland. This story of heartache, betrayal, and business success of Amelia and Dr. Stein is woven into the struggle of the German community that chooses to remain on that barren shell beach and creates the burgeoning seaport of Indianola.
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