When Julia Dulac's father is murdered onstage and her inheritance is swindled away, she must work through her grief and fear of poverty to find both the killer and a means of survival with help from the Raven, a black crystal that reveals images of past and future truths. While having the crystal appraised, Julia finds love and her life takes unexpected turns through mystery and betrayal against the backdrop of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Through the boarding house window, Julia overhears an argument between Rose and her wealthy father over Rose's illegitimate pregnancy. He drops Rose off, saying he will return in one year, that she must be either single and childless or respectably married. Though from completely different backgrounds, Julia and Rose become fast friends, facing lessons of survival and redemption as their fates become irrevocably entwined.
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Patty Dickson Pieczka's second book, Painting the Egret's Echo,, won the Library of Poetry Book Award from Bitter Oleander Press. Other books are Lacing through Time, and Word Paintings. Winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Contest, the I SPS contest, and the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, she's contributed to over fifty journals and graduated from Southern Illinois University's creative writing program.Review:
"Finding the Raven is a one of a kind read that will haveyou buried in this remarkable 1904 setting created by Patty DicksonPieczka. The style and narrative of the story effortlessly fit the era,taking you over a century back in time in such a surreal and yetauthentic way. Patty Dickson Pieczka has an amazing way of capturingmoments and emotions that will completely draw you in. The charactersare so vivid and engaging and the setting and language so credible.Every new character that is introduced adds something new to an alreadyincredible tale. And just when I thought the story couldn't get anybetter, Patty Dickson Pieczka threw in one more twist that I never sawcoming. I read the book nonstop - it is that good - but when it wasover, I was sorry I had read it so fast. I wanted it to go on forever; I wanted to be lost in the story a little longer, or even forever."
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"The book has a fantastic hook from the very first sentence: 'No one knew death hid in the rafters of the Garrick Theater.'
It's no exaggeration that I was fully immersed and kept wanting morefrom the minute I started reading the book. I didn't even find anygrammatical errors, something that's far too rare.
In the end, I found myself failing to come up with any flaws for the book, making it easy to give it 4 out of 4 stars. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, mystery, romance and even some magic should definitely give Finding the Raven a read."
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