Wishes on the Wind

Wishes on the Wind

by Elaine Barbieri
     
 

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A WORLD DIVIDED
Born of Irish immigrant parents, Meghan O'Connor's background dictated her hatred of the affluent Lang family. When a mining accident devastated her family, she realized her friendship with David Lang placed them both in peril. But as friendship blossomed into love Meghan would have to listen to her own conscience and follow her heart...

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A WORLD DIVIDED
Born of Irish immigrant parents, Meghan O'Connor's background dictated her hatred of the affluent Lang family. When a mining accident devastated her family, she realized her friendship with David Lang placed them both in peril. But as friendship blossomed into love Meghan would have to listen to her own conscience and follow her heart...

A TRIUMPHANT LOVE
Pampered heir David Lang lived in a world of opulence and luxury. But in Meghan O'Connor he found the one person to whom he could entrust his heart and soul. Torn between loyalty to his family and love for the wrong woman, David knew his dreams of sharing the passion of a lifetime with Meghan were more than...WISHES ON THE WIND.

Editorial Reviews

Kathe Robin
Wishes on the Wind is a beautiful, sensual romance handled with great sensitivity. Ms. Barbieri makes you care about her characters and fills you with feelings of happiness and hope.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this novel set in 1860s Pennsylvania, Barbieri ( Wings of a Dove ) skillfully weaves two stories together, vivifying a shameful part of America's past. The first tale depicts the historical Molly Maguires, a secret society of Irish coal miners who fought, often with violent means, for miners' rights, and the second story is that of the fictional Meghan O'Connor and David Lang. Meghan's father and five of her brothers die in a mine accident; David is nephew and protege of the mine owner. The two have their first, hostile encounter when Meghan trespasses on Lang family land.p. 11-12 After the girl is hired as a servant at the Lang mansion, their chilly relations thaw into friendship, even as they battle over class struggle, miners' rights and Meghan's loyalty to Sean, her only surviving brother. They fall in love, and Mr. Lang sends David abroad to college, hoping he'll forget Meghan. Meghan marries one of ``Molly's boys,'' and much to her dismay, Sean joins the society as well, heedless of his sister's fears, bringing continued conflict with the Langs after David's return and more tragedy to the O'Connors. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
YA-- Meghan O'Connor is devastated when her father and five brothers are killed in a Pennsylvania coal mine. After the tragedy, she, her mother, and her remaining brother are forced to move in with relatives. When Meghan promises her seriously ill mother that she will never give up on her embittered brother Sean, she does not realize that he has found an outlet for his hatred through the Molly Maguires. The conflict comes when Meghan falls in love with David Lange, a member of the mine owner's family, and she is torn between her family and her love for him. This fast-paced story is a good choice for filling American historical novel assignments. It offers an enthralling love story as well as insight into a labor/management struggle of an earlier era and the plight of a large immigrant group in the 1800s.-- Carol Clark, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780505523488
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.17(d)

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