Set in New York and Washington City, Four Summers Waiting weaves a Civil War epic that emerges as a love story.Maria Onderdonk, daughter of a prominent Long Island widower, steps out of a dutiful-daughter role after a year of family mourning. Her best friend, Carolyn involves her in an Abolitionist Society meeting where Maria meets Henry Simms. Henry is a medical college student hlping slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Henry courts Maria through letters until he is about to open a medical practice and the War of the Rebellion begins.
Maria and Carolyn's friendship is shaped and strengthened by wartime challenges. Carolyn enrolls in nurse training, a career almost unheard of in Victorian society. Maria yearns to help the Union cause, especially after Henry volunteers as a Union contract surgeon. She struggles to balance her sentiments with her father's opposition to the war. Maria's diary and Henry and Maria's letters become a chronicle of their love as they are caught up in events of the war. Determined to find a way to help the causes she believes in Maria follows her heart, and Henry to Washington, never imagining death and terror await her in that war-torn city.
|Publisher:||Mary Fremont Schoenecker|
|File size:||314 KB|
About the Author
I retired as Associate Professor of Education from SUNY College at Oneonta NY. to live with husband, Tom in Florida. I've been a fiction writer for the past six years. Published in 2006 by Five Star/Gale, my first book was a historical novel, Four Summers Waiting. It was given a second edition in LP by Thorndike Press. Next came a contemporary series, The Maine Shore Chronicles. The Chronicles are a cross between Romantic Suspense and Sweet Cozy Mystery.Books one, two,and three Finding Fiona,Moonglade, and Promise Keeper all received second editions in Large Print by Thorndike Press. My readers enjoy the cross genre mix of my contemporary series and I hope they will continue to enjoy Four Summers Waiting as an Ebook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In 1860 on Long Island, father and daughter Horatio and Maria Onderdonk continue to mourn the loss of his wife, her mother who died last year. However, Maria is ready to move on so when her best friend Carolyn Grisham invites her to attend an Abolitionist Sunday meeting she agrees to go. At the session, Maria meets zealous abolitionist Henry Simms, a medical student who works on the Underground Railroad they are attracted to one another and correspond afterward as he returns to school and she to her Evergreen Park, Long Island home.----- As Henry prepares to open up his medical practice, war breaks out between the states. He joins the Union as a contract surgeon Carolyn becomes a nurse and Maria¿s struggles to find a way to help the Northern cause over the objection of her father who opposes the war and the freeing of the slaves. Letters between Henry and Maria serve as her solace as she lives precariously through the doctor she loves until she decides she has had enough inactivity and heads to DC to assist her Henry.------ Mary Fremont Shoenecker provides a fascinating historical fiction novel with a romantic subplot that enhances the readers understanding of motivations and relationships. The story line focuses on the differing of opinions towards the Abolitionist movement in the north as some like Horatio consider them terrorists while Henry deems the conductors as human rights heroes. Using letters to move the story forward is clever, but it is the insight into how various people feels about freeing the slaves that makes for an interesting Civil War drama.------ Harriet Klausner
Dr. Schoenecker's writing is balanced, faithful to the historical record, and original as it is believable. Four Summeers Waiting is a compelling evocation of the past. Her book works because she sticks to the small histories, the tiny threads in the warp and woof of the national fabric. : James Abraham, Book Columnist, Englewood Sun