The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn
Texas, 1853. Thirteen-year-old Nigel Blackthorn is the spoiled son of a Protestant preacher. When his missionary family falls victim to a brutal Comanche attack, his easy childhood crumbles in an instant. While he narrowly escapes the death that claimed his loved ones, the preacher’s son finds himself alone and struggling to survive on the wild frontier.
By the Light of Embers
It’s 1954, and 22-year-old Lucia Lafleur has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. While sock hops and poodle skirts occupy her classmates, she dreams of bacteria and broken bones—and the day she’ll finally fix them. After graduation, a letter arrives, and Lucia reads the words she’s labored a lifetime to earn—”we are pleased to offer you a position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.” But in the midst of her triumph, her fiancé delivers a crushing ultimatum: forego medical school, or forego marriage.