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‘The Velvet Prison’ and ‘The Satin Sash’
By Sheldon Friedman

No!, I have no intention of reading both books at the same time, however thanks to the efforts of the lovely Samantha from Roger Charlie Publicity, author Sheldon Friedman is stopping by with a guest post on July 19th 2017, in which he cites both books as a single entity series. I have therefore made the decision to feature the books together wherever possible, so that Sheldon’s post can be read in context.

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THE VELVET PRISON

Part One 1914 – 1920

The United States must be neutral in fact as well as in name.

We must be impartial in thought, as well as in action.

We must put a curb on our sentiments.

Woodrow Wilson, Message to the Senate, August 19, 1914

One week before his tenth birthday, Travis Kane felt safe and secure for the first time since his father’s death. He stared at the burning logs, crackling and popping in the huge fireplace. The warmth from the hearth wrapped around him like his mother’s arms. He sat cross legged not able to take his eyes away from the dancing flames as the sound of rain pelted the library windows of the house on Gramercy Park.

THE SATIN SASH

Part One – 1941

I shall say it again and again and again. Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.

Franklin D. Roosevelt October 30, 1940

When Travis Kane hung his painting of Trinity Church in Nick’s speakeasy many years ago, he had no idea he’d be married in the same church in December of 1941. The Monday following Thanksgiving, Travis and Mandy were bundled in heavy coats after they left their meeting with Father Christi. Travis saw his breath as they walked down Wall Street.

Travis unhooked Maggie’s arm from his and kissed her on the cheek. Her face was cool like a chilled white wine. ‘I know it’s freezing cold he said.’

They decided on a small wedding since extravagance was on neither of their minds and Maggie wanted to be married in a church. Travis raised no objection.

‘Give me a moment’, Travis said.

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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8 comments
  • Both stories get off to a good start. I’m looking forward to seeing what the author has to say.

    I’m currently reading a book that I got thanks to one of your guest author posts. 🙂 I’m enjoying it so far! (and will leave you guessing for now as to what it is!)

    • Hi Kelly,

      I seem to have had a run on author guest posts just recently, so I have no idea which book you might have been tempted enough to read for yourself, so I shall be interested to find out!

      These probably aren’t the most show stopping opening lines I have read recently, however they do set a scene in the minds eye, particularly those from ‘The Velvet Prison’.

      The lines from ‘The Satin Sash’ have left me wondering what comes next though, as Travis definitely seems to have something on his mind that he needs to do!

      Thanks for the visit. We are in the midst of yet another heatwave, so life here is a bit uncomfortable right now 🙂

    • Hi Sherry,

      I have to admit that I am more of a spring and autumn person – me and summer really don’t agree!!

      Our summers do generally seem to be getting much hotter and drier, which doesn’t bode well if the trend continues!

      I have plenty of good books to read, just not enough time to read them all in 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      With these books spanning the periods of both World Wars, I can definitely say that my genre this week is also historical, although probably more fictional than historical in their story telling!

      I do enjoy a good historical mystery though, so I shall be across directly to check out your book and lines for this week!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your reading this weekend 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      According to the guest post copy I have just received from Sheldon, these two books form part of a trilogy about the Kane family. So it will just have to be seen whether Travis survives the ravages of the Second World War and the final installment features him as the ‘older man’, or if part three sees the rise of another generation of Kanes.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

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