RECIPE FOR ADVENTURE: 1 spunky widow, 1 hateful church lady, 2 sailors & 1 checkerboard, 5 little darlin’s + I smarty stinker, Add 1 apron pocket full of jewels, Mix well and bake in the 1890’s Galveston heat. Myra Gallaway, a young widow with five children, supports her family by walking the wharves of Galveston selling homemade sweets. She never imagined she’d be joining forces with husband-hating church society queen, Julia Jameson. Myra’s apron pockets are soon filling up with the unspendables man smuggling sailor friends Sure Foot and Black Jack need to move. The Klondike gold fields are calling hapless dreamers and the boys are all about obliging them, yet everybody knows that a sailor cannot spend what he does not earn. My goodness, those unspendables are one serious problem!
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I couldn't put this book down! I read it all in one day, and I don't feel the least bit guilty about neglecting my household chores! The Canary is set in Galveston in the late 1800s and features colorful characters, an intriguing plot, and a well- researched depiction of life in those times. I hated to see the book end and hope the main characters will appear in the author's next book