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She crossed an ocean to escape the suffering of famine-torn Ireland. Haunted by loss, but determined to build a life in the New World, Gracelin O'Malley then crosses the country with her young children to accept a San Francisco sea captain's practical proposal of marriage. But when she arrives, he is not there, and the City of Gold is no place for widows and children.
When a prominent doctor offers her work in his household, Grace accepts, only to become embroiled in blackmail and betrayal at the hands of his troubled sister. As past catches up to present, Grace discovers that the city harbors one man she'd thought lost to her, and their reunion sets in motion a series of events that affects the future of everyone around them. But as Grace prepares to wed, there is one last ghost to face.
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Ann Moore was born in England and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. She earned her MFA from Western Washington University and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.From Booklist:
Readers who have been following the story of Gracelin O'Malley (Gracelin O'Malley, 2001; Leaving Ireland, 2002) will be thrilled with the concluding volume in Moore's trilogy. Displaying her fine descriptive abilities and sense of historical ambience, Moore picks up Gracelin's story after she has left Oregon for San Francisco due to her daughter's grave illness. Ever-resourceful and resilient, Gracelin not only finds a doctor for her daughter but she also finds work as a cook in his home. Set against the backdrop of what is soon to be a golden age in San Francisco, the novel uses Gracelin's position, and her own strong and emotive voice, to explore the lives of people at all levels of society with a decidedly realistic and feminine point of view. With an almost-Dickensian faith that all will turn out right in the end, and with the same convoluted and miraculous plotting, the story is warm, gentle, and comforting and will appeal to fans of romantic historical fiction. Neal Wyatt
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Book Description NAL Trade, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110451214048