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Bandy O'Sullivan is a little confused...God promised to bless her in all her endeavors, didn't He? And yet things keep going wrong for Bandy. An underhanded employee tries to sabotage Bandy's business. Her stepmother conspires to hurt her. The man Bandy's been dating deserts her for another woman. And the new man in Bandy's life, Alan Brockhurst, seems to be working with Bandy's enemies. Just when things seem to be turning around for Bandy, they fall apart again. Why isn't God keeping His promises? Or is Bandy expecting God to cater to her whims?
Fred Allerton is frustrated. Fred's father refuses to trust him with the very machines Fred built to make their furniture factory work faster. Then Papa hires Mr. Purlee to supervise Fred. It soon becomes clear to everyone but Papa that Mr. Purlee doesn't know what he's doing. Even worse in Fred's eyes is the fact that Mr. Purlee helps slave owners. Fred's problems follow him home when his sister Julia becomes close friends with Mr. Purlee's daughters and refuses to listen to Fred's warnings about them. When Mr. Purlee blames an explosion in the factory on Fred, and Papa believes the man, Fred leaves home to live with his cousin Tim. Will Papa and Fred settle their differences? And how can Fred's enemy possibly become his friend?
Tim Allerton is angry. At school, Hollis Bodley tries to outdo Tim in everything and openly makes fun of Tim's anti-slavery views. At home, Tim's father constantly reminds him to keep his opinions to himself because their family business depends on customers from the South. Pam, Tim's younger sister, doesn't understand why he has a problem with slavery in the first place. "Slaves are treated just like family," she says. Then Tim and Pam are put into a situation where they can save the life of a slave baby whose mother has just been killed. Will Pain change her views on slavery . . . or will she continue to ignore the problem? And when a move to drive black people out of the section of the city called "Little Africa" puts Tim's good friend Ward Baker in danger, how can he help?
Meg and Fred Allerton just can't get along. Fred is always teasing his older sister Meg and getting her into trouble for daydreaming and sketching. From her point of view, Meg wishes Fred wouldn't get into fights and say what he thinks so quickly. They argue on how to solve the problem of slavery, too. Fred is excited when William Lloyd Garrison opens a store in Cincinnati that won't sell anything produced by slave labor. Meg thinks there must be a way to deal with the issue that won't make people so angry. Then Meg gets terribly sick. Will Fred come to value the things that make his sister so different from him? And will Meg learn to stand up for herself and others?
Maggie's Choice: Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening (Barbour Book's The American Adventure, Book 8)by Norma Jean Lutz
Maggie Allerton is confused. Her friends, Dancy Truesdale and Susannah Clarke, make fun of the new church movement called "the awakening." They say unlearned preachers are causing disorder and chaos among the people of Boston. Maggie's confusion grows even greater when Susannah is given a slave girl as a Christmas present from her parents. When the young girl, Melee, is mistreated by Susannah, Maggie wonders what she can do to help. Then Melee, accustomed to the warm climate of the West Indies, grows gravely ill during the harsh Boston winter. Will Melee's illness help Maggie discover the truth about the revival in Boston?
Rob Allerton has problems. His stepfather, Josiah Foy, is determined to make a shipping clerk out of him, but Rob hates everything about the family business. And when he isn't getting into trouble at work, Rob and his half-sister Rachel are being set up for trouble at home by their stepbrother, Thomas. Then on top of everything else, smallpox breaks out in Boston. Rob's friend, Dr. Boylston, has a radical new treatment that may save people from smallpox, but Josiah Foy refuses to even consider letting his family be inoculated. How can Rob convince his stepfather to risk Dr. Boylston's treatment before his family contracts the deadly disease?
Trouble on the Ohio River: Drought Shuts Down a City (Barbour Book's The American Adventure, Book 15)by Norma Jean Lutz
Lucy is tired of waiting. Lucy Lankford is counting, the weeks and days until her new piano will arrive at the Cincinnati docks. Then the rains stop, the Ohio River dries up, and Cincinnati shuts down. Not only will Lucy's piano not be coming, but many people are out of work and Lucy's best friend loses her home. When Lucy isn't busy trying to get her hands on a piano, she and her cousin Ben Allerton are trying to solve the mystery of Raggy Wallace. Raggy lives on Sausage Row, down by the landing, and is always tormenting Ben. But for some unknown reason, Raggy treasures a worn scrap of flowered fabric. Why would such a tough boy go to any length to protect this dainty material? As Lucy and Ben get to know Raggy, they discover the answer and decide they have more in common with Raggy than anyone ever suspected.
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