Boston, 1856. Northern abolitionists demand an end to slavery as the South vows to protect its "peculiar institution." Immigrants rage against the prejudices of established citizens. Demands for equal treatment of women grow ever stronger. With discord raging, two young lovers find themselves embroiled in the chaos of a rapidly changing world.
In a style reminiscent of Lisa See (Dreams of Joy), Ms. Beninger brings you a tale of Jack Moylan, the smart young director of a successful shipping company recently returned from the turmoil of the Taiping Rebellion in China, who has transferred to Boston to shore up his firm's flagging foundations - and court the woman he has loved since his youth in California.
Unaware of Jack's designs, Guinevere (Guine) Walker is focused on becoming a physician. The budding doctor joins the fight for emancipation of both women and slaves as she struggles with the rigid social norms of her native Boston, longing for the independence she once enjoyed as a young girl in the West.
Editor's Pick - Publishers Weekly (BookLife), June 29, 2020
A Peculiar Peace is Volume Three of the four-part series, Embracing the Elephant.
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