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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Voices Beckon by Linda Lee Graham is a very good fictional book mixed with real life history, starting in 1783 and spanning the next seven years. The story begins as the Industry is leaving Bristol to set sail to America. While there are many passengers aboard, the reader quickly becomes friends with David, a young man crossing the ocean to become a printer’s apprentice; Liam who is apprenticed to Mr. Oliver who is heading to the new world to start a school. Young Elizabeth and her father are also traveling to Philadelphia and will be living with her grandmother. David, Liam and Elizabeth meet and instantly form a friendship that will last a lifetime. The journey is hard and long. It is filled with storms and sickness, but there are fun times and love as well. David very quickly falls head over heels in love with Elizabeth and she feels the same way about David. Liam is a truly good friend to both of them. Once in Philadelphia, David and Elizabeth are forced to end their relationship, but both continue to miss and love the other. Liam plays the ladies man and spreads his good looks among the young women.
Voices Beckon offers lots of romance and history. Linda Lee Graham has written a book that I really enjoyed. It was so hard to put down and not stay up way past my bedtime to read just a few more chapters. While it took some getting used to reading the scattering of eighteenth-century language it didn’t take a thing away from the book but made it more authentic. Voices Beckon is a seven-year saga of life in early Philadelphia that brought me right there with David, Elizabeth, Liam and their family and friends. I highly recommend this book and anxiously await the next book in this series.