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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Swerling Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rich with unforgettable characters and history, intricately plotted and utterly absorbing, City of Dreams is a stirring saga of early Manhattan and the beginnings of medical science told by a master storyteller.

In 1661, Lucas Turner and his sister, Sally, stagger off a small wooden ship after 11 weeks at sea to make a fresh start in the rough and rowdy Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam. Lucas, a barber surgeon, and Sally, an apothecary, are both gifted healers and bound to each other by blood and necessity. Yet as their new lives unfold, lust, betrayal, and murder will make them deadly enemies.

In their struggle to survive in the New World, both make choices that will burden their descendants, dedicated physicians and surgeons, pirates and whoremasters, with a legacy of secrets and retribution. That heritage sets cousin against cousin, physician against surgeon, and ultimately, patriot against Tory.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Priscilla Vaughn | 2/18/2014

    " This is historical fiction about the settling of New York. The story traces two families through the early days of settling New York. This is the first in a series of four books. Since I like historical fiction and family sagas, I really enjoyed this first in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sabrina | 2/13/2014

    " LOVE reading about Old New York (New Amsterdam)! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/11/2014

    " I had to stop reading this one, so I give it one star. It had a lot of promise, it's about the beginnings of New York City, but it got a little too crass for my taste. I prefer to like the main characters when I'm reading a book, and found that I didn't care a hoot what happened to any of them, which helped me make my decision to nix this one. Not recommended to anyone who prefers reading a "cleaner" novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mom | 2/6/2014

    " This book begins with the earliest settlers in Neuew Amsterdam (New York) to the end of the Revolutionary war. This fictitional book was a good means of telling the story of the beginning of our country. Based on one family who splits and becomes competition for one another, it is a story of the first pharmacists, surgeons, and physicians, keeping in mind that there were no anesthetics at the time. Much was done with guesswork, which ultimately killed people rather than helped them. A pretty fascinating read. "

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