by Ruth Axtell Morren

December 2005
ISBN: 0-373-78550-X
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Trade Paperback

May, 1875

Cherish Winslow would rather be in her father’s shipyard helping, planning, and building ships than be at home learning sewing, cooking, and how to take care of a household. She also would rather be with her father’s apprentice, Silas van der Zee.

Silas van der Zee didn’t think he stood a chance winning Cherish’s heart. He was from a different class than she was. She was the daughter of his boss, who was wealthy, while he, Silas was just a lowly apprentice. When Cherish and Silas share an innocent kiss, their worlds are changed.

Silas finds himself out in the street, with no job, no place to live, no money. Does he have the strength and courage to get his life back and also be with Cherish? Will Cherish help Silas, or will she buckle under her father's authority?

Ms. Astell has a clever way with words. She knows just what to write to hold the reader's attention until the very last page.

Lilac Spring is a sweet read.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Pat.

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