Imaginary Brightness: a Durant Family Saga - A Novel (Volume 1)

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Who knew the wilderness could be so seductive?

"I found myself extremely curious to find out what became of the family and could not put the book down."

In this first book of a trilogy, William Durant and his sister Ella have spent most of their youth living abroad while their father invests in land and builds a railroad empire in the wake of the Civil War. They are provided every opportunity their father's amassed wealth can buy: travel, private tutors, and entrance into the inner social circles of Victorian era England.  Their world is shaken however when their father summons them back to America after the financial panic of 1873 to help rebuild the family fortune in the Adirondack wilderness.

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Sheila Myers is an Associate Professor at Cayuga Community College where she teaches environmental science. This is her second novel. Her first, Ephemeral Summer, set in the Finger Lakes region of New York, was published in 2014.

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...the reader will be looking forward to the next episode with the same eagerness as addicts of Downton Abbey.  -
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All in a Day's Work: Scenes and Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice

I love the Gilded Age and am a pretty tough critic of getting the small details right. This is especially a challenge when an author switches viewpoints between the past and the present, to keep the reader with you. I interviewed Sheila for the History Author Show, and enjoyed our discussion. The Adirondacks played a big role in the age of robber barons, and so much of the scenes she describes are still there for us to enjoy today. Thanks for sending the book, Sheila! - History Author Show podcast

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