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Myra Hargrave McIlvain is a teller of Texas tales. Whether she is sharing the stories in her books, her lectures, or her blog, she aims to make the Texas story alive. She has free-lanced as a writer of Texas historical markers, written articles for newspapers all over the country and for magazines such as Texas Highways. She has had ten books published—all Texas stories. Her most recent historical fiction is WATERS PLANTATION a sequel to the award-winning THE DOCTOR’S WIFE and STEIN HOUSE.


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Stein House, A German Family Saga
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Item #: 978-1632932082 -

    After three long months at sea, Helga Heinrich and her four children sail into the thriving Indianola seaport on the Texas coast in 1853 to begin their new life. They are determined to overcome the memory and haunting legacy of Max, her husband and their papa, who drowned in a drunken leap from the dock as their ship pulled away from the German port. Helga is anxious to be reunited with her sister Amelia, and she's grateful her wealthy brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Stein, fulfills his part of the...

    Texas Tales, Stories That Shaped a Landscape and a People
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    Item #: 978-1632931634 -

      These tales trace the Texas story, from Cabeza de Vaca who trekked barefoot across the country recording the first accounts of Indian life, to impresarios like Stephen F. Austin and Don Martín DeLeon who brought settlers into Mexican Texas. There are visionaries like Padre Jose Nicolas Balli, the Singer family, and Sam Robertson, who tried and failed to develop Padre Island into the wonderland that it is today. There are legendary characters like Sally Skull who had five husbands and may have...

      The Doctors Wife
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      Item #: 978-1633631694 -

        Young teacher Amelia Anton leaves Germany in 1845 on an immigrant ship bound for Texas. After the death at sea of the child she is hired to tutor, her employer abandons her. Amelia quickly accepts the marriage proposal of the much-respected physician, Joseph Stein, only to discover that he is not the husband she expected. This story of heartache and betrayal is woven into the struggle of the German immigrants who choose to remain on the barren shell beach of Matagorda Bay and create the...

        Waters Plantation
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        Item #: 978-1633633513 -

          It is 1875 in Texas, and Albert Waters takes pride in his image--prosperous merchant and plantation owner who freed his wife's slaves before the Civil War and gave them land after her death. Then his son Toby, ready to depart for Harvard Medical College, demands answers. Was his mother a slave? How does a man account for the truth that on a drunken night, when all he could think about was Amelia, his long-ago lover, he gave in to the touch of a slave girl? Al and the Waters plantation...