BJ Hoff offers another thrilling historical saga that will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.
At the entrance to the city, an Irish governess climbs into a carriage and sets out to confront the man who destroyed her sister's life--a blind musician who hears music no one else can hear ...
On a congested city street, a lonely Scot physician with a devastating secret meets a woman doctor with the capacity to heal not only the sick ... but also his heart ...
In a tumbledown shack among hundreds of others like it, an immigrant family struggles to survive, and a ragged street singer old beyond her years appoints herself an unlikely guardian ...
So begins American Anthem, a story set in 1870s New York that lets the reader step into another time to share the hopes and dreams and triumphant faith of a people you'll grow to love ... a people readers will never forget.
"An eloquently told story that weaves history, music, faith and intrigue ... an absolute pleasure." --Christian Retailing
"The story gently unfolds with intriguing characters, and the sound of music, which Hoff manages to make fly off the pages with her glorious and passionate descriptions." --Christian Library Journal
Originally published to strong sales several years ago, this new edition combines three of BJ's best novels into one saga-length volume.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What is the American dream? To many of us it represents wealth and comfort, but in the 1870's, it often meant simply having food for the children and a good roof over the whole family's head. This book, American Anthem, is actually three books in one. The books tell about the lives of three immigrant families, how they lived, and how they finally meet up together and help each other achieve the American dream. Susanna Fallon is an Irish girl who is coming to America with a mission. Her much elder sister died in unusual circumstances as the wife of a wealthy Italian immigrant conductor. Her sister had desperately reached out to the younger Susanna, telling about the misery of her life under Michael Emmanuel's roof. Filled with righteous anger, she accepts Emmanuel's offer to come live with him and the motherless daughter her sister, Deidre, left behind. She arrives into what appears to be a loving home, grieving for her sister but unwilling to share details of Deidre's death. Andrew Carmichael is a doctor from Scotland who practices in New York. Thought he could have treated only society's elite, he chooses instead to tend to the poorest of New York's poor, most of who were immigrants. When he is about his work, he finds another person in need. Bethany Cole is a talented female doctor in a time when 'lady docs' were not respected and Carmichael takes her on as partner, then begins to love her as well. Suddenly, an old secret is reveled and threatens to destroy all Carmichael has achieved. The Macgovern family are ready to leave Ireland in search of a new life in America. Parents Conn and Vangie are determined that their children Aidan, Nell Grace, twins James and John, and Emma will have the chances they never had living in poverty in Ireland. It is only at the last moment that an adult Aidan refuses to come and they are saddled with a street waif, Renny Magee, instead. They soon find that the streets of America are not paved with gold. They struggle to survive in a hovel on a few cents a day as Conn desperately searcha for a job. It would take a chance encounter to change their situation. American Anthem gives a vivid portrayal of life in America in this time period, both luxurious and horrid. Michael Emmanual's family lives in splendor outside the city due to his God-given gift of music, but they are compelled to help those without. It is in the storylines of Carmichael and the Macgovern's that the reader experiences the horror of old New York. Off the fancy streets of the well-to-do, there was nothing but dirt, disease, and despair. Here immigrants suffered and died, shivering in shacks where parents had to watch their children to starve to death. This book shows how much the people of today own to their hardworking ancestors. With blood, sweat, and tears, these people built the American we live in today. It also reminds us that while much has changed, we still have poverty and suffering in our country and we must work as hard as our ancestors to better the country for the sake of us all.