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Galveston Bookshop: March 23rd ““Thirteen Rivers: The Last Voyage of La Belle” Book Signing

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Saturday, March 23rd (2-4pm): “Thirteen Rivers: The Last Voyage of La Belle” by Ruth Davis

Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for author Ruth Davis with her book, “Thirteen Rivers: The Last Voyage of La Belle,” a historical novel based on the true saga of French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and his colony.

Upon discovering in 1682 that the Mississippi River emptied into the Gulf of Mexico, La Salle claimed for France the entire river valley and all of its tributaries, including a large portion of present-day Texas. He called his empire La Louisiane to honor reigning French monarch, King Louis XIV. This is the story of what became of the four ships, La Belle, Le Joly, l’Aimable and Le Saint-Francois which had left France in 1684 bound for La Louisiane with 280 people aboard.

The novel chronicles the hurricanes, pirates in the Caribbean, shipwrecks, betrayals, revenge, Indian war parties, kidnapping and murder, all playing out on what is now the Texas Gulf coast. The cast of characters includes priests, soldiers, sailors, deserters, murderers and families including women and children, as well as Indian warriors and chiefs.

Saturday, April 6th (2-4pm): “In the Heart of Texas But Not Yet at Home” by Barbara Ortwein”

Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for returning author Barbara Ortwein with her book, “In the Heart of Texas But Not Yet at Home,” the second book in her series of historical novels covering the immigration of the Germans to Texas.

In search of political and person freedom, self-determination, and their own land, thousands of Germans started to settle in the wilderness of Southwest Texas in the mid-1800’s. Among these settlers are the Hessians Karl Engelbach and his son Johann, forced to flee Germany in 1844.

Though the work is difficult, the Germans do well at first. Aided by an unlikely alliance with the Comanches, they manage to tame parts of the Texas Hill Country. Their cities of Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, Boerne and Comfort become centers of civilization and culture in the former wilderness. After secession of Texas and the onset of the Civil War, they were in danger of losing all they had worked for. Most of the settlers were Union supporters, a position which would initiate serious difficulties for their community.

The thrilling continuation of her first novel, “Between Worlds, Never to Return,” this second installment continues the story of the Engelbachs and the integration of the Germans in Texas, and the great conflict that arose for them during the American Civil War.

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