by Celia Hayes


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The Adelsverein Trilogy, now combined in a single hardbound edition, is a saga of family and community loyalties, and the challenge of building a new life on the hostile frontier. They came from Germany to Texas in 1847, under the auspices of the "Mainzer Adelsverein" - the society of noblemen of Mainz, who tried to fill a settlement in Texas with German farmers and craftsmen.

Christian "Vati" Steinmetz, the clockmaker of Ulm in Bavaria, has brought his sons and daughters: Magda - passionate and courageous, courted by Carl Becker, a young frontiersman with a dangerous past. Her sister Liesel wants nothing more than to be a good wife to her husband Hansi, a stolid and practical farmer called by circumstances to be something greater, in the boom years of the great cattle ranches. Their brothers Friedrich and Johann, have always been close - in the Civil War, one will wear Union blue, the other Confederate grey homespun - but never forget they are brothers. And finally, there is Vati's adopted daughter Rosalie, whose life ends as it began - in tragedy. But Vati's family will will survive and ultimately triumph. They will make their mark in Texas, their new land.

Adelsverein: It's about love and loss, joy and grief . . . and the sometimes wrenching process of becoming American.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780934955843
Publisher: Watercress Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 1050
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 2.13(d)

About the Author

Celia Hayes is passionately interested in the history of the American frontier. She was brought up in an eccentric, baby-boom family which formed the basis of her memoir Our Grandpa Was an Alien. She earned a degree in English and served for 20 years in the US Air Force. In 2002 she became a regular contributor to the military oriented weblog “The Daily Brief” at

Her first novel, To Truckee’s Trail grew out of a fascination with the California emigrant trail. The Adelsverein Trilogy, and its’ companion novels, Daughter of Texas and Deep in the Heart drew upon an interest in the German settlements in the Texas Hill Country and the dramatic sweep of history in the Lone Star State,

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Adelsverein: Book Three of the Adelsverein Trilogy: the Harvesting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NancyTX More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book about the Civil War in Texas. The author mingles real characters and events with fictional ones to create a rich picture of this time period in Texas. This time period and these places are not often written about. This is at least as good a book as Cold Mountain--maybe better. I highly recommend it!
layman More than 1 year ago
Adelsverein: The Sowing
Book Two of the Adelsverein Trilogy
Celia Hayes

What do you do when the city your parents settled suddenly turns against you? In Adelsverin: The Sowing, the Beckers remain staunch Unionists in the War Between the States. Texas declares itself a slave state.

Celia Hayes creates a world in which the world turns upside down. The lines are drawn in the sand. Families split apart. Fathers and sons are driven into hiding. Some are successful draft dodgers; others are not. Hanging parties of knaves, squatters, and wayward soldiers dominate and manipulate the town's inhabitants¿until Confederate sympathizers drive the beasts from their lair.

Join Ms. Hayes as she waves her tale of German heroics during a time when women, children, and the old managed to survive in a war that no one wins. Adelsverein: The Sowing reminds me of the book and movie, "Gone With the Wind." It's a time of great unrest, lost loves, betrayal, and determination in the face of all obstacles.