Leaving Family Behind
From Lithuania to Philadelphia, Leaving Family Behind tells of two immigrants' historical journey in the early 1900s. It is a story where Jonas and Evelina Violettskus will stop at nothing in pursuit of their individual dreams. Evelina rebels when her older brother forces her to abandon her goal to be a pianist, so he can accomplish his own dream of purchasing farmland in America. Thus begins a bitter sibling rivalry that affects their epic odyssey of self-discovery. Jonas expects Evelina to leave home and country behind, travel thousands of miles through Eastern Europe, and then cross the Atlantic Ocean with a smile on her face and gratefulness in her heart. When she doesn't react this way, their feud begins. Dreams are important and can guide us in life. But when dreams clash, are they worth the risk of hurting loved ones and causing bitterness that could last forever? "I was entranced ... This is a great read and I highly recommend it." - Darya Crockett, Coastal Editing "Jerome Peterson stands out with one wonderful novel after another ... He gives us heroes to root for, characters who stay with us long after we close the book, and ever and always, vivid prose alive on the page." - Bill Manville, New York Daily News About the Author: Jerome Peterson is the author of Thumb Flagging and The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai. He lives in Sonora, California, with his wife, Carolyn, and is working on his next novel. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/LeavingFamilyBehind.html Author's website: http: //www.jeromejohnpeterson.com
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