Rachel, a young Jewish woman from a small town in Russia, has made an incredible journey. Forced to leave her homeland because of the anti-Semitic violence that killed her father, she has made her way across land and sea to find refuge in Shanghai, China. Separated from her sweetheart, Sergei—a Christian who stayed behind to make his way in revolutionary Russia—Rachel finally gets to America—to California—where she won’t let anything stop her from achieving her goal of starting a new life—not poverty, not the great California earthquake. She meets and is inspired by women’s vote activists Emma Goldman and Anna Strunsky. When Rachel and Sergei are finally reunited, they realize that they have grown to have different dreams of what it means to be free. This is the final book in the Rachel Trilogy.
About the Author
Shelly Sanders has worked as a freelance writer for almost twenty years. Rachel's Secret was inspired by Shelly's grandmother, a Russian Jew who fled to Shanghai to escape the ongoing pogroms.