A Dream of Steam

A Dream of Steam

As the autumn shipping season draws to a close, Captain Thomas McGrath steps ashore to help his ambitious brother William rebuild the family sawmill. Despite Thomas?s aversion to debt, William convinces him to borrow heavily so they might convert their ailing, water-powered mill to steam. While adapting to the new technology, Thomas finds himself navigating between ax-wiel As the autumn shipping season draws to a close, Captain Thomas McGrath steps ashore to help his ambitious brother Willi...

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Title:A Dream of Steam
Author:James W. Barry
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:A Dream of Steam
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:338 pages pages

A Dream of Steam Reviews

  • Traci
    Jan 04, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Lsmckinlay
    Jan 08, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
    Nov 13, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

  • Brenda
    Dec 11, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Dec 14, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

  • Pamela Scott
    Dec 16, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

  • Ilene Harris
    Jan 06, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Mike
    Jan 08, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Christine
    Jan 16, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Terris
    Dec 23, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

  • Gale
    Dec 16, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

  • Adolfo Berlanga
    Jan 03, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Brett Wallach
    Nov 30, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

  • Melina Druga
    Jan 31, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

  • Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)
    Dec 07, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

  • Andrex
    Dec 02, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

  • Ashleigh
    Jan 02, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Paula Davidson
    Jan 03, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Cynthia
    Jan 02, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Maarten Vuursteen
    Jan 14, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Ellen Church
    Jan 16, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Laura
    Nov 26, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

  • Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
    Mar 18, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

  • Anonymous
    Jan 12, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Tope
    Jan 03, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Wendy McIlroy
    Dec 08, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Edward
    Jan 21, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Trey Stone
    Jan 07, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

  • J.L. Gates
    Nov 25, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Ada Dempsey
    Jan 08, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Mari
    Jan 02, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Jim Barry
    Nov 07, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Alyssa
    Jan 19, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Nancy
    Jan 03, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • StoryBookMaze Maze
    Jan 10, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Grayson
    Jan 07, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Gloria
    Jan 03, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Eileen Rmt
    Dec 10, 2018

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Michael McFie
    Jan 01, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Dan Genereau
    Jan 05, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Ikraman Wahyudi
    Jan 05, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Rylan Perkins
    Jan 21, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Glory
    Jan 13, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Jim
    Jan 14, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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  • Vita
    Jan 20, 2019

    William McGrath ran the family sawmill with enthusiasm and ease, while his brother Thomas was captain of the barkantine, Genevieve, which carried the lumber across the lake for its sale. But when William decided to rebuild the sawmill, converting to steam, their only option was to take...

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago. The setting ...

    This is a story of sailing and sawmills: two things I initially thought would not fit together well, but which the author skillfully weaves into a single tale. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I have not neglected reading about the late 1800s by any means, but th...

    Starting in August 1891 this fictional but historically based story invites us into the lives of several characters over the period of 2 years. William McGrath, 34, is a sawmill owner on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thomas, William's older brother, is captain of his ship Genevieve which...

    Based on a true story about a sawmill?s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados. Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters. Brothers ...

    This surprised me. It's not my usual kind of read at all, but I was intrigued and wanted to read something new. The writing is superb, Barry is really good. Detailed, beautiful, engaging, without becoming boring or purple. The story fascinated me more than I would have thought, startin...

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appre...

    ?Murder and Mayhem along Michigan Shores? An extensive cast of characters pits their will and vaulting ambition (pun intended) against each other, as well as the harsh winters and capricious waters between the Great Lakes. There are so many characters, in fact, that a cast lis...

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed) This is the author?s debut. The book is very slow to start and has sections scattered throughout that I felt were too long overwhelmed by description. The novel is saved by the fact the sto...

    Ironically, the last book I read before this was a collection of Jack London sea stories; not my usual genre of choice, but the rugged individualism of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth is a great source of entertainment and inspiration. As is A Dream of Steam, a tough, but s...

    I'm going to be completely real with you. I had a bit of a struggle with this book. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't my kind of story. I'm not a sailor, I know nothing about boats or ships or anything like that. So, all the talk about such had me confused and, honestly, a little ...

    Just to be very clear, this isn?t my go-to genre. With that said, I actually enjoyed this story. Don?t expect a lot of action, this isn?t that kind of story. It?s a slow burner but a really pleasant story none the less. It was also great to learn the history and details about h...

    Overall I found the story to be enjoyable, but it was too lengthy. The plot is at its most interesting when it focuses on the brothers. The other miscellaneous characters do play a role in the main plot, but a minor one, and their chapters make the novel much longer than it needed to b...

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