In 18th century Ireland, drought forces Edward and Henry McConnell to assume false names and escape to the New World with the one valuable thing they still own-their ancestor's gold torc. Edward must leave love behind. Henry finds it in the foul belly of The Charming Hannah , only to lose it when an elusive trader purchases his sweetheart's indenture. With nothing but their broken hearts, a lame ox, and a torc they cannot sell without invoking a centuries-old curse, they head for the backcountry, where all hope rests upon getting their seed in the ground. Under constant threat of Indian attack, they endure crushing toil and hardship. By summer, they have wheat for their reward, and unexpected news of Henry's lost love. They emerge from the wilderness and follow her trail to Philadelphia, unaware her cruel new master awaits them there, his heart set on obtaining the priceless torc they protect.
As typical as donor-conceived children have become, with at least a million such children in the US alone, their experiences are still unusual in many ways. In Scattered Seeds, journalist and writer Jacqueline Mroz looks at the growth of sperm donation and assisted reproduction and how it affects the children who are born, the women who buy and use the sperm to have kids, and the sperm donors who donate their genetic material to help others procreate. With empathy and in-depth analysis, Scattered Seeds explores the sociology, psychology, and anthropology surrounding those connected with fertility procedures today and looks back at the history that brought us to this point. The personal stories in this book will put a human face on the issues and help to illuminate this country's controversial and troubling unregulated fertility industry-an industry that has been compared to the Wild, Wild West, where anything goes. What is the human cost of our country's unregulated fertility industry? How are the lives of sperm-donor families changed? Scattered Seeds will answer those questions, considering carefully the social and psychological dynamics surrounding those connected with fertility procedures today.
While High Meadow is dealing with troublemakers and raiders, Wisp follows an invisible trail across the country to rescue Nick. What had started as a simple trip turns into an undercover operation for Nick, leaving Wisp to return to High Meadow on his own with a van full of children. In the search for answers, Nick learns that the problems are more complex than he imagined. The country’s minimal infrastructure is teetering on the brink of collapse. And the people in charge are not at all what he’d hoped. Angus predicts that the high mortality rate from the last round of flu could cause the disintegration of smaller settlements putting people on the road. With the train stations closed, there will be no food or shelter for these refugees, leaving them victim to marauders and starvation. As Tillie scrambles to plan for a winter without train food, the influx of refugees is eating up precious supplies. The world is changing again and they must adapt or die.
Scattered Seeds provides you with the tools to help you trace your family tree and discover surprising and interesting facts about your family. The ten fact-filled chapters will easily guide you through your family research project and enable you to create a family record for generations to come. Book jacket.
"Scattered Seeds" is the fictional story of two English families; Devin and Will Brentwood, who live with and work for Jonas and Elizabeth Wentworth, and their two small sons, Timothy and Edward. In 1836, they are among the first seventy-five settlers to arrive in the newly established model colony of South Australia. The Colonial authorities in London, England, still chafing from the blunderous errors that had cost them the American colonies, chose the southern shores of Australia as the site for a model colony; a colony where only free men would be allowed to settle. The colony of South Australia, although bordering the disreputable convict settlements of New South Wales and Victoria, would have no convicts transported to its shores. The concept was remarkably simple; the colony was to be financed by funds received from advance land sales; the immigrants screened to determine their moral rectitude and industrial zeal. But the one element that the colonial fathers overlooked in creating their "garden of Eden" colony, was the confounding fallibity of human nature. Governors, appointed by the London colonial office, are dispatched and recalled with frightening rapidity; each one bringing his own untried techniques to send the colony plunging into bankruptcy one minute, then climbing to economic booms the next. The hoped-to-be model colonists traveled halfway around the world to be confronted by more turmoil and strife than they had left England to escape from. The story is fictional, but has been interwoven with historical figures and events, and follows the triumphs and despair of the early colonists.But first...there were the native Aboriginals...