From Maine to Galveston, Republic of Texas
This is a unique tale of struggle, triumph, life and death in an era that is now long in the distant past of 1850's Texas and Maine. It is not a book of fiction that depends on the imagination of a present author, but is the actual letters of a highly educated daughter, Lucy Parker Shaw, to her mother far removed. Though it is augmented by notes that will aid the reader to understand the political, and social elements she mentions, and documents the important and not so famous people she meets, it is the letters themselves that carry you into her world. You will marvel at her curiosity, resilience, and strength in a land of danger, change, and constant challenges.
by Non Oblitus Publishing
"Imagine yourself setting sail on a tall ship destined for a new republic, leaving family, venturing to the unknown to begin life anew.That is what a young woman, Lucy Parker Shaw did...Through her letters, augmented by Valentino's additional clarifications and explanation, readers get a picture of life in the developing Galveston community as well as the republic."
Margaret Barno, Galveston Daily News
"A wonderful book...a treasure''
Mary T Grove, family law judge, Mill Valley California