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A Wild and Heavenly Place

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How far would you go? How much would you risk?

Hailey MacIntyre seems conjured from the depths of Samuel Fiddes’s loneliness. Caring for his young sister in the tenements of Glasgow, Scotland, Samuel has known only hunger, while Hailey has never known want. Yet, when Samuel saves Hailey’s brother from a runaway carriage, their connection is undeniable.

Through secret meetings and stolen moments, their improbable love grows. But then the City of Glasgow Bank fails, and Hailey’s bankrupt father impulsively moves their family across the globe to Seattle, a city rumored to have coal in its hills and easy money for anyone willing to work for it.

Samuel is haunted by Hailey’s parting words:
Remember, Washington Territory. Armed only with his wits, he determines to follow her, leaving behind everything he has ever known in search of Hailey and the chance of a better life for his sister. But the fledgling town barely cut out of the wilderness holds its own secrets and will test them all in ways unimaginable.

Poignant and lyrical,
A Wild and Heavenly Place is an ode to the Pacific Northwest, to those courageous enough to chase the American Dream, and to a love so powerful it endures beyond distance, beyond hope.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A vivid story of the grit and the glory of early Seattle... An epic story of star-crossed lovers that spans continents and classes." - Erica Bauermeister

"[A] sweeping epic of courage, perseverance, love, and family." - Lauren Belfer

"Pulls you in from the beginning and rewards you with an ending that is both triumphant and bittersweet." - Melanie Benjamin

"[A] novel so immersive you'll feel like you're one of the characters... Oliveira's vivid descriptions of the landscapes and harsh living conditions experienced by so many 19th century American immigrants will linger long after you've closed the book and you'll emerge with a richer understanding of the struggles they faced and the hopes and dreams that drove them." - Amy Belding Brown

"A fascinating history too seldom told. Robin Oliveira's words have changed the way I see home, what came before, and what has been here all along." - Laurie Frankel

"The book is part love story, part history of place, part geography, and all excellent... [A] story of love, despair, jealousy, revenge, and hope in the lives of characters the reader won't soon forget." - Elizabeth George

"[A]n unforgettable love story... We need more books brimming with this brand of optimism, kindness, and persistence in the face of adversity." - Elise Hooper

"Vividly captures both the wonder and the struggle of forging a life in a world full of unknowns." - Susan Meissner

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