Once on This Island

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It is the summer of 1812 and war has erupted between England and the United States, casting its dark shadow as far as remote, beautiful Mackinac Island. There, young Mary O’Shea suffers many losses. British troops conquer the island. Her beloved father joins the American army on the mainland. And her best friend, Gavin, an Indian orphan raised by white settlers, leaves his adoptive home to return to his tribe.

Left only with her sister, Angelique, Mary wonders how she will keep her promise to her father to protect the farm in his absence. But with courage and nimble ingenuity, the sisters outsmart British soldiers, endure two harsh winters, and keep their farm intact. Most important, they  nurture the dream of a family reunited–until the war ends and their most cherished dream comes true.

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When war erupts between England and America in 1812, it brings change and uncertainty-even to Michigan’s remote Mackinac Island. For young Mary O’Shea, the hardest change is the departure of her father, who leaves Mackinac to join the American Army. With her sister and brother, Mary must tend the farm, deal with the hardships of British occupation, and hope for the safe return of their father. Enjoyable historical fiction.

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